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 depth and amazing… See more details below

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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.

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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 - Library Journal
A former editor-in-chief of the New York Times Magazine chronicles the tragic relationship between JFK and Jackie.

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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)

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