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All Too Human: The Love Story of Jack and Jackie Kennedy

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Of all the great love stories that have had an impact on our times - Eleanor and Franklin, Winston and Clementine, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor - none has remained as shrouded in secrecy and misunderstanding as that of John and Jacqueline Kennedy. Here, for the first time, their story is told the way it was always meant to be told - with such depth and amazing detail that it sheds a whole new light on the relationship at the heart of Camelot. For many years, Edward Klein, the former editor in chief of The New ...
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Of all the great love stories that have had an impact on our times - Eleanor and Franklin, Winston and Clementine, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor - none has remained as shrouded in secrecy and misunderstanding as that of John and Jacqueline Kennedy. Here, for the first time, their story is told the way it was always meant to be told - with such depth and amazing detail that it sheds a whole new light on the relationship at the heart of Camelot. For many years, Edward Klein, the former editor in chief of The New York Times Magazine, was a friend of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Drawing on his personal knowledge, major research libraries, private documents and correspondence, FBI files, and more than three hundred interviews, All Too Human is an original and unprecedented work on the Kennedys - a book replete with fresh facts and information, as well as a dramatically new interpretation of the Kennedy marriage.

Jacqueline Lee Bouvier and John Fitzgerald Kennedy captured the imagination of a nation from the day their names were linked. For the first time, the inner workings of this century's most guarded romance are divulged in this New York Times bestselling portrait of a marriage, including why Jackie enshrined the marriage in myth, how she really felt about it toward the end of her life, and much more never-before-shared information. Ads in USA Today. HC: Pocket Books. (Biography)

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As Klein, a former editor of the New York Times Magazine, notes in the acknowledgments for his book, people who knew the Kennedys have been increasingly willing to talk about them since Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's deathwhich means that a lot of what used to be gossipy conjecture is now being authoritatively fleshed out. Klein lists more than 200 people who agreed to be quoted with attribution for his book, and cites many more sources as well; what he has come up with can surely be regarded, therefore, as thoroughly vouched for. It is an extraordinary story, of the physically frail but sexually voracious President (among many ailments, according to Klein, was a longstanding venereal infection) in a battle of wills with a wife as determined to live her own life as he was to live his. Her passion as a mother seems to have been the only constant for her, having lost two children, one by miscarriage and the other at birth (the two others were born with difficulty); and the book begins and ends with her trying to ensure that John and Caroline hear only the best about their father. For Kennedy, despite all his charm, comes across as a ruthlessly selfish person who found close relationships, other than those with macho bragging companions, difficult. For all Klein's efforts to put some heart into the marriageand it certainly seems clear that they were growing closer at the time the President was shotmuch of their life together seems to have been inspired by opportunism on both sides. What will strike many readers is how emotionally difficult"all too human"the Kennedys were: he with his brash drive, his deep cynicism, his basic contempt for women (as learned from his father), she with her spoiled upbringing and passionate attachment to her own lamentable father. Klein's book is a swift, dramatic and colorful read, even if he hasn't painted quite the picture he seems to think he has. Photos not seen by PW. First serial to Vanity Fair; BOMC selection. (Aug.)
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A former editor-in-chief of the New York Times Magazine chronicles the tragic relationship between JFK and Jackie.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2001

    AN INSIGHT INTO CAMELOT

    The love story between Jack and Jackie Kennedy is one that will live on throughout history. 'All Too Human' sheds some definitive light on the relationship between these two dynamic characters. You will enjoy learning about each of their personal idosyncricies and learning the truth behind their 'fairytale' wedding and the ties which held them together through the death of a child and ending with the death of a President.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2000

    A LOVE STORY

    This is one of the most famous couples of the 20th century, and now they are exposed in print. Fascinating revelations. It is definitly worth buying. PLEASE E-MAIL ME FOR QUESTIONS AND DISCUSSIONS ON jACKIE. HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU!!!!!!!

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