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

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

by Edward Klein, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, John F. 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

Overview

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.
The story begins on the very day that Jack and Jackie met in May 1951, and it
unfolds before the reader's eyes in a series of dramatic scenes, culminating with
the President's assassination in November 1963. Since that bloody day in Dallas,
the world has been intensely curious about the bonds that united Jack and Jackie.
The book answers these questions:

  • Was Jack in love with Jackie? And was she in love with him?
  • Did Jack's father, Joseph Kennedy, arrange his son's marriage?
  • Did events on their honeymoon shape the future course of their marriage?
  • To what extent was Jackie aware of Jack's compulsive womanizing, and how did she react?
  • Did Jackie have affairs of her own?
  • Did the enormous strains of the presidency-- and the tragic death of their infant
    son Patrick-- draw Jack and Jackie closer together?
    Rigorously researched and richly textured, All Too Human reveals the private
    husband and wife behind the grand image. Much more than a portrait of a marriage,
    Edward Klein's journalistic tour de force captures the essence of an
    unforgettable man and an extraordinary woman in their momentous years together:
    two fascinating individuals whose haunting love story is captured in these pages
    as never before.

  • Editorial Reviews

    Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
    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.)
    Library Journal
    A former editor-in-chief of the New York Times Magazine chronicles the tragic relationship between JFK and Jackie.

    Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9780671501877
    Publisher:
    Atria Books
    Publication date:
    09/28/1996
    Pages:
    416
    Product dimensions:
    6.38(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.33(d)

    Meet the Author

    Edward Klein is a New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including, All Too Human: The Love Story of Jack and Jackie Kennedy; The Kennedy Curse; and The Truth About Hillary. He is the former foreign editor of Newsweek, former editor-in-chief of the New York Times Magazine, and a contributing editor of Vanity Fair. He lives in New York City.

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