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Bobby and Jackie: A Love Story Hardcover – Bargain Price, July 14, 2009
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"Full of gossipy tidbits.... This book is shocking, yearningly romantic and tons of fun." -- People
Top Customer Reviews
Heymann's book is simply not credible. First of all - and let's clear this up before we begin - he is NOT a Pulitzer Prize "nominee." That term is reserved for people the Pulitzer Prize committee selected as finalists. Heymann was simply an entrant - meaning, his publisher submitted his book in the HOPE of getting a nomination. I verified this both by talking to his current editor and by talking to the Pulitzer Prize committee.
Suffice it to say if you believe what's in the book, stay away from real estate brokers, as you are clearly at a disadvantage. He provides footnotes for items that are not new, and doesn't footnote his more astonishing claims. Heymann relies heavily on his purported interview with a guy who died several years before Heymann started writing about the Kennedys. And some of the more sensational claims for that interview are, surprise, not in his earlier books on the Kennedys. Did he only just rediscover things you truly couldn't forget on first hearing?
All the people who he has making extraordinary claims regarding an affair between Jackie and Bobby are dead. How convenient. If that's not what they said, they are no longer alive and able to sue.
Now perhaps Heymann is being fed bad information by his researchers. He credits a number of them for this book. Maybe Heymann is the gullible dupe. But his researchers didn't list him as a three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee when he wasn't. That was Heymann's doing. I suspect most other "mistakes" are his alone, as well.Read more ›
The author has gathered an engaging interview material. He has listened not only to some gossipy maids and society photographers, but also to near-standing friends of the couple. They portray a relationship which was an open secret to everyone who was in the inner circle of Jackie's and Bobby's friends and acquaintances while, at the same time, guarded from the public eyes.
It is fair in treating all the parties -- none was spared and none was favoured. Personally, I felt that the book was a bit too open about a - essentially private - love relationship. Occasionally, it felt like reading a dirty tabloid or pages from a teenager's hot, privately revealing diary. But, I suppose, that is a risk you have to take, if you want to immerse and understand a relationship between any lovers.
I recommend it to anyone who is interested in the private lives of the two of the greatest liberal politicians of the United States in 1960-ties. (Oh, yes, Jackie certainly qualifies as a politician!)It is a definite page-turner and an exciting time-killer at worst.
The book was well written and a quick read. I couldn't put it down. Jackie was a woman like no other, although she was human, too. What a story!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When I purchased this book, I obviously didn't read the title or description very clearly because I thought it was a genuine historical piece about Kennedy politics. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Molly
In an email, Amazon has asked me to share my opinion regarding BOBBY and JACKIE: A LOVE STORY. I can describe it using one adjective: voyeuristic. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Donald R McGovern
Gossipy read. I wonder how true it is, but the book is fun to read nevertheless.Published 21 days ago by Writer/Reader
It is an incredible love story, with a "Romeo and Juliet" feel to it. Very informative, creates a whole new image of them. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kristi N.
I couldn't put this book down. It revealed secrets about the Kennedys and specifically Jackie that I had not read anywhere else. This book is a real page-turner!Published 2 months ago by Mary J. Alexander
I looked forward to reading this book every night. You will learn a lot of things that will make you shake your head. This book is amazing!Published 3 months ago by Bonnie Nelson
I barely got into this book before I set it aside. Having read "Five Presidents" and "The Kennedy Detail", the lack of scholarly research in this sorry excuse of a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Anne E. Floyd
I love to read books that are actually about real people and for some sort of reason, I am infatuated with the Kennedy's. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Crafting Mamma B