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America's Queen: The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Paperback – October 1, 2001
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We get to see behind the Kennedy mythology-Jack was as wayward as her father, and in retaliation, Jackie spent his money. Nanny Maud Shaw was pointedly left out of the many photo-exclusives the Kennedys gave to Life magazine, even though she was the main parental figure for Caroline and John, Jr. Coexisting in the First Lady was a woman who wore glamorous gowns and wowed dignitaries with her conversational skills and self-possessed manner, and a woman who smoked incessantly, hated campaigning, bit her fingernails to the quick, and was deeply wounded by her husband's infidelities.
Bradford's interviews are far-ranging: From Gloria Steinem to Jackie's younger sister Lee Radziwill, many of Jackie's acquaintances in Greece, Gore Vidal, her cousin John Davis, and some of her former flames, the people quoted in this book give us a glimpse of a privileged and often painful life. It is frankly stated that Jackie's repeated miscarriages and stillbirths were undoubtedly due contracting chlamydia from JFK. For years after the assassination of her husband, in odd moments Jackie would confide the hideous shock of holding parts of her husband's head in her hands.Read more ›
Jackie was criticized by the press, plagued by photographers and misunderstood by the Kennedy family. With her unique personality, she manages to rise above it all and give some semblance of normalcy to her life and that of her children.
After reading the book, while I understand her better, I can't say for sure that I would have enjoyed being her friend. Her emotions seemed a bit too volatile for comfort.
I give the book high marks. Clearly there has been intensive research done here. Except in one of the photos of Jackie leaving for the Inaugural Gala. That was the night of Jan. 19th, not the 20th.
This one is going on my bookshelf to stay with the rest of my first lady collection.
Bradford has done a remarkable amount of research and distilled forty years worth of previously published writing into a compelling account. She augments her research with a large and impressive array of interviews with primary sources, including, for the first time on record, Jackie's sister, Lee Radzilwell.
And yet her account is riddled with nagging mistakes of tiny details, starting with the first sentance of the first chapter. Jackie was a thirty four year old widow in November 1963, not thirty five as stated. Small mistakes, yes, but God is in the details and it's a little jarring, undermining slightly her scholarly and well measured approach.
Nonetheless, her take on the life of "America's Queen" is riviting in its presentation and scope. Jackie emerges as both an icon and a person, a woman with a unique hold on our cultural psyche as well as a woman of the 1950's coming into her own through the years of a fascinating life.
A worthy addition to the Kennedy canon, and justifiably described as a "definative" biography.
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My wife is a JK fan; I bought this book for her because she wanted it. I have no idea if the book is good or not; nor do I wish to. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Fredrick Upchurch
A fine book about America's Queen. Excellent research that leads to an interesting story. So many things you learn from this
book that you never knew about Jacqueline... Read more
Sarah Bradford is an impeccable biographer who always turns out a riveting, well-researched, incredibly informative book so the fact that "America's Queen" is just that... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Catherine p LaViolette
Another great book...about a great lady. Book in very nice condition, arrived quick!Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
My husband accuses me of being a Kennedyophile. Maybe so, but in reading about the Kennedy's you also learn about other people and the history of our generation.Published 8 months ago by F. Denise Roe
Expell this creature. An unsculpted mind with weak concentration abilities. A middle class mediocrity, at subliminal best. Best to indulge in real personalities, instead.Published 8 months ago by The Sequined Demure
This book seems mostly comprised of passages borrowed from previously published works. As well, some of the facts were incorrect.Published 18 months ago by private