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Absurdly and Infinitely Stupid...,
This review is from: Mrs. Kennedy: The Missing History of the Kennedy Years (Hardcover)... This recent effort, Barbara Leaming's "Mrs. Kennedy: The Missing History of the Kennedy Years" must have been so elusive that even its author couldn't locate it! This book is a prime example of precisely what is wrong with so-called "Modern Biography and History" promising much while delivering NOTHING. Indeed, when I received this book, I was surprised at once by its brevity, given what I thought would be its scope and thouroughness. Ms. Leaming's premise(s), while "interesting" are in the final analysis, completely and utterly of her own mind and making, lacking ANY substantiation for which she should be ashamed and deeply apologetic. Her constant attempts to read Mrs. Onassis' mind and infer this and that at any given period, was particularly laughable, until one realizes that this is yet another "History" being added to the already largely incomplete and bogus study of Mrs. Onassis' life and times.
Ms. Leaming merely refers to the sources for her book, such as Mrs. Onassis' Secret Service Agent, Clint Hill and his Testimony before The Warren Commission, not to mention the correspondence between Mrs. Onassis and British Prime Minister Harold MacMillan, which is really where I take great issue with her. Why, Ms. Leaming could you not publish said documents and allow the reader to gain a window into Mrs. Onassis, that you yourself stated was of particular importance... A dismal and insulting book (very similar to all those others, such as: Kiity Kelly's "Jackie Oh!"; C. David Heyman's "A Woman Named Jackie" and Sarah Bradford's "America's Queen") folks, not worth a penny. My suggestion, write a book about Mrs. Onassis, yourself, I'm certain we could ALL do better.