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Title:
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis : the untold story
Author:
Leaming, Barbara.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
358 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Summary:
A book that explores the seemingly magical world of Jackie Onassis' youth, her fairy-tale marriage to a wealthy and handsome senator and presidential candidate and her astonishing transformation into a deft political wife and unique first lady also explores what the author asserts was Jackie's 31-year struggle with PTSD after the assassination of her husband, John F. Kennedy
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781250017642
Format :
Book

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For almost six decades, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis has fascinated people worldwide. The subject of numerous books and thousands of articles, her life has probably been documented in millions of words. And yet, there has always remained something mysterious, something private about this very public woman.

With extraordinary skill and great sensitivity, Barbara Leaming explores the seemingly magical world of Jackie's youth, her fairy-tale marriage to a wealthy and handsome Senator and Presidential candidate and her astonishing transformation into a deft political wife and unique First Lady. This spirited young woman's rejection of the idea of a "safe marriage" as the wife of some socially prominent but utterly predictable man led her to JFK and international fame. But the trauma of her husband's murder, which left her literally soaked in blood and brains, would damage her far more than has been known. Until now.

This is the first book to document Jackie's brutal, lonely and valiant thirty-one-year struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In heartrending detail, we witness a struggle that unfolded at times before our own eyes, but which we failed to understand. While the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis has been examined and scrutinized countless times, it is only now that we can truly discover the woman behind the facade, the untold story of this iconic woman.


Author Notes

Barbara Leaming is the author of numerous biographies including Churchill Defiant, Katharine Hepburn, and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: The Untold Story. Her articles have appeared in several publications including New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, and the Times of London.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

*Starred Review* She went from beloved First Lady and noble widow of a fallen hero to much-maligned and -pursued celebrity. Leaming argues that for much of Jackie's life in the public eye, some 30 years, she was struggling to recover from the trauma of her husband's assassination in 1963. Jackie started out as a spirited young woman who spurned a safe marriage and pursued an exciting young senator, then spent 10 years coping with his infidelities. Jackie developed her own political savvy and fought to be more than a useful tool to her husband and his powerful father. Just at a point when she felt her marriage was progressing, it ended in trauma. Drawing on interviews and archival material, Leaming offers horrific detail of Jackie's ordeal of watching her husband's murder and the long, painful recovery from what would be now diagnosed as post-traumatic stress disorder. Jackie self-medicated with alcohol and even considered suicide. She married Onassis, thinking that his wealth would protect her and her children from the mounting violence in the U.S. in the tumultuous 1960s, but she couldn't escape the inner chaos. Jackie's later career in publishing, while viewed as a newfound feminism, was really about coping by keeping busy. Leaming tells a heart-wrenching story of a woman who not only endured a horrific event but also struggled to recover and was often misunderstood as she eventually carved out a life of her own making.--Bush, Vanessa Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Much has been written about J.F.K.'s first lady, who was generational icon, but Leaming (Churchill Defiant) approaches Jackie's story from a new perspective, contending that she suffered from PTSD, with all of its recurrent triggers and episodes. The first half of book focuses on Jackie's early life and marriage; the second half is an examination of Jackie suffering in the wake of her husband's traumatic assassination. Leaming explains Jackie's behavior and reactions to specific events through the lens of contemporary knowledge about human reactions to trauma. For instance, her marriage to Aristotle Onassis is explained in terms of what it provided for her for a short time: safety. The possibility that Jackie had PTSD was first suggested in a letter from U.K. Prime Minister Harold Macmillan. Leaming draws the parallels between what Jackie went through and the cases of others who experienced trauma. Well-written and engaging, the book presents readers with yet another facet of a woman who has intrigued and beguiled the public for decades. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's life (1929-94) was one of privilege and wealth but much sadness and illness, too, claims Leaming (Churchill Defiant) in this engaging biography. Described are Jackie's debutante life and her subsequent less-than-storybook marriage to John F. Kennedy, in which she endured his infidelities and watched him suffer from debilitating back pain. Leaming then presents a convincing case that Kennedy struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following her husband's assassination and for the remainder of her life. Several examples of PTSD triggers discussed here include the former first lady's constant retelling of the assassination story, her anguish over not having done more to save Jack, her thoughts of suicide, and her compulsive need to guard herself and her children from all possible harm. The author attributes Jackie's marriage to Aristotle Onassis to the desire to find someone whose power and wealth could protect her. Ultimately, Onassis created a satisfying life for herself as an editor for Viking and Doubleday, which ended with her death at age 64 from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. VERDICT Readers intrigued with the Kennedys will find much to admire here. See Greg Lawrence's Jackie As Editor for a current work about Kennedy's years in publishing. [See Prepub Alert, 5/4/14.]-Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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