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What Jackie Taught Us: Lessons from the Remarkable Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Hardcover – March 30, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
The very interesting life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929â"1994), married to the 35th president of the U.S., continues to fascinate, which should insure readership for this laudatory life lesson. The author, a corporate executive, once lived in the same New York City apartment building as her subject and, though she never actually met her, describes herself as an admirer. Flaherty contends that Onassis was never given credit for her leadership abilities and focuses on episodes of her life that illuminate the positive influence she had on others. Drawing on secondary sources and secondary interviews that one imagines would have appalled the famously reclusive Mrs. Onassis, Flaherty takes us over the familiar territory of her subject's childhood with a distant, critical mother and adoring but womanizing alcoholic father. She faithfully details Onassis's splendid education, which honed a passion for knowledge that sustained her through John Kennedy's extramarital affairs and his tragic assassination. Although the writing is competent, it too frequently tends to be repetitive and cloying. The areas that Flaherty believes Onassis taught by example include dealing with men (play hard to get), motherhood (loving but strict) and courage (the ability to withstand pain without crumbling). Photos.
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"Tina has put together a dazzling collection of writers between the covers of this work which gives us one of the best of varied photos and articles about Jackie."
—Liz Smith, Huffington Post
"This unusual and fascinating biography is a primer on to how to live not a perfect but an authentic, courageous, and purposeful life. What Jackie Taught Us is a must-read for admirers of Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis. Even those versed in her life will find that Flaherty has unearthed new and personal stories about this already much-documented woman.”
"Almost 20 years have passed since Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died from non-Hodgkins lymphoma, but her glamorous legacy lives on in What Jackie Taught Us. Written by Jackie’s one-time neighbor Tina Santi Flaherty, the book is a must-read for anyone fascinated with the famed first lady, with essays, insights and observations from notables like Liz Smith, C.D. Green and Malachy McCourt. "
"To women of my generation, Jacqueline Kennedy was the gold standard for the ideal woman.…She made it socially acceptable for a woman to be both smart and beautiful, creating a durable role model for women like Sheryl Sandberg and Melissa Myer to eventually follow.
What Jackie Taught Us...has been reissued with wonderful comments by people who knew her. Friends like Hemingway biographer A.E. Hotchner, and columnist Liz Smith share their “Jackie” stories that remind us of her poise, grace and zest for living. In addition to decoding her timeless fashion, the author details the powerful and lasting impact Jackie had on American culture. What Jackie Taught Us is a perfect weekend read…"– Fashion Flash
"Re-released to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of Onassis’s death, this version of What Jackie Taught Us includes a series of new essays that represent an important contribution to not only Flaherty’s book, but also to “Jackie studies” in general. It’s a treat to have the legacy of someone who’s so seldom considered seriously (so often she’s reduced to dresses and hats) reevaluated by the likes of Edna O’Brien, Allen Packwood, and Malachy McCourt. And Liz Smith’s preface is a downright gem.
Twenty years after her death, we’re still curious about Jackie. From Flaherty’s book, we get some clues as to why. –NewBooksinBiography.com
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Top customer reviews
That being said, I can comfortably say that this is a fairly good book about Jackie. I gave it four out of five stars based on the content. I'll list the pros and cons below:
-The book details her family background a little more than a few others that I've read. I appreciated the deeper look into Jackie's genealogy and her immediate family.
-It isn't terribly long, and the writing moves swiftly. It's an interesting read.
-It's factual LOL! Nothing mentioned in the book was blatantly incorrect.
-It highlighted various "lessons" with each chapter, which was a nice way to make the information relevant to the reader.
-If you already have several Jackie bios, this one won't add much substance to your collection.
-There is continual reference to Jackie's parents' personalities. For a person interested in Jackie's psychological makeup, this could be good info (I enjoyed it). But, most people probably would get tired of reading about her parents.
-If you're looking for more of a Jackie O lesson book (or, something that helps you to pattern your life and choices like Jackie's), "What Would Jackie Do?" is a better choice.
Overall, it's a good book, enjoyable and a little different from the others. I would definitely purchase this for a friend, especially a friend that isn't a Jackie nerd like me LOL!
The author clearly has not done her research about the Kennedy's. On page 192, she writes, "Later, they would build Wexford, their own retreat in Virginia." From my readings, that house was being built when John was killed, and Jackie never lived there.
On page 199, the author wrote that "Jackie bought her own compound on Martha's Vineyard." She did not buy a compound. She bought land and then built a house.
There are little untruths throughout the book that bother me. I suspect the author wanted to cash in on Jackie.
A better title might have been "What Jackie Taught Me--A Memoir Written from Afar by A Sometime Neighbor".
and an important description of one of America's finest First Ladies.
Through this heart-felt book, we see Jackie, but can also see what we might do in her shoes. What we might like to immitate in some instances. What can we learn from her? There seems to be much.
I loved the way she kept her "private life private and was an example of strength and grace, charm and sophistication.
If you weren't a Jackie fan prior to reading this book, chances are you'll be one afterwards and probably one of the author as well.