Bobby and Jackie: A Love Story

Bobby and Jackie: A Love Story

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by C. David Heymann

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From New York Times bestselling author C. David Heymann, an in-depth and controversial look at the much talked about but never fully revealed relationship between Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Robert F. Kennedy.

Few writers have immersed themselves in the world of the Kennedys as completely or successfully as C. David Heymann, whose Jackie Kennedy


From New York Times bestselling author C. David Heymann, an in-depth and controversial look at the much talked about but never fully revealed relationship between Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Robert F. Kennedy.

Few writers have immersed themselves in the world of the Kennedys as completely or successfully as C. David Heymann, whose Jackie Kennedy Onassis biography, A Woman Named Jackie, reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, sold more than a million copies in hardcover, and was hailed by People as the Best Book of 1989. Now he draws on his impressive list of sources and impeccable insight to reveal the truth behind one of the most tantalizing relationships in American history.

Readers have long been fascinated by the rumored love affair between Jackie Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy. With Bobby and Jackie, they will finally get behind-closed-doors access to the emotional connection between these two legendary figures. An open secret for decades among Kennedy insiders, their affair emerges from the shadows in an illuminating book that only the author of The Georgetown Ladies’ Social Club and American Legacy could produce. This is the book that readers will be talking about for years to come.

Editorial Reviews

Jacqueline Bouvier's marriage to John F. Kennedy in September 1953 sealed not only a relationship with the senator and future president but also a lifelong friendship with his brother Robert F. Kennedy. The assassination of JFK in November 1963 forged a permanent bond between the two. Bobby outlived John by less than five years, and Jackie went on to marry Greek shipping mogul Aristotle Onassis, but she never outgrew her deep connection with the Kennedy mystique. In Bobby and Jackie, famed celebrity biography C. David Heymann writes about the unique convergence of these charismatic Camelot survivors.
Publishers Weekly
The adulterous action in Heymann's scandal-driven biography moves along at a brisk pace, and Dick Hill serves as an engaging reader but he misses the opportunity to take on the personas of a colorful cast of '60s political and pop culture icons, including Aristotle Onassis, Truman Capote, and Andy Williams. While Hill does convey an ample portion of the raw emotion behind Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' experiences with betrayal, grief, and the celebrity fishbowl in which she found herself, other players in the drama seem relegated to serve as relatively nondescript pawns inside a litany of Camelot misdeeds. An Atria hardcover (Reviews, Jun. 8).
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"Pulitzer-nominated biographer Heymann delivers a gawk-worthy beach read with this fascinating look at Jackie and the Kennedy clan in the aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination....Heymann's research is top notch, with plentiful attributions, making this train-wreck love story a substantial guilty pleasure and a sizzling reminder of how the rich are different." — Publishers Weekly

"Full of gossipy tidbits.... This book is shocking, yearningly romantic and tons of fun." — People

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Author's Note

I first heard hints and whispers of a romantic involvement between Robert and Jacqueline Kennedy while res earching and conducting interviews for A Woman Named Jackie, my 1989 biography ofthe former First Lady. Because Jackie was still very much alive at the time, it is easy to understand why interviewees were reluctant to discuss the romance in great depth or detail. Following Jacqueline's death in 1994 -- and after I had begun work on RFK, my 1998 biography of Robert Kennedy -- interview subjects, old and new, were suddenly much more eager to explore the topic. Thereafter nearly every biography of Bobby or Jackie, including volumes by Edward Klein, Christopher Andersen, Sarah Bradford, and Peter Evans, capitalized on my research and reported on the Bobby-Jackie affair, in certain instances adding new details to those already known.

After the publication of RFK, I continued to probe the subject, collecting further material and information. I was aided in part by the release in 2007 of a set of previously unavailable reports and briefs prepared by the Secret Service and the FBI, released to me under the Freedom of Information Act. Covering the years 1964 to 1968, when the liaison took place, these documents confirmed what I had already ascertained by way of personal interviews. I was thus able to piece together a complete picture of the complex relationship that existed between two of the most heralded figures of the twentieth century.

Too often in earlier biographies, Robert Kennedy was depicted as something of a choirboy when, in fact, he enjoyed the same proclivity for extramarital affairs as his brothers, Jack and Ted Kennedy. Insiders, among them Ted Kennedy as well as his sisters, were evidently well aware of the circumstances. Given Bobby's and Jackie's shared grief over the 1963 assassination of Jack Kennedy, it is not difficult to imagine how such an unlikely union could begin. The relationship grew and continued on its own, ending not because of lack or loss of affection but out of pure practical necessity when RFK decided to run for president in 1968. It is also clear, in the confusing days following Bobby's death, why Jackie turned to Aristotle Onassis for solace, agreeing to marry him and to leave the United States and raise her children abroad.

Despite the conclusive accounts of those insiders quoted in this volume, I don't doubt for a moment that some readers will remain skeptical that a romance actually took place. In the course of writing four books on the Kennedys, I have come across individuals who still deny the rampant womanizing of JFK, both before and after he became president. It took The New York Times, often cited as our most authoritative newspaper, some thirty years to admit in print that Jack Kennedy had numerous affairs outside his marriage. With all this purported womanizing, the doubters ask, how is it possible that JFK still had time to run the country? A somewhat related query might be posed regarding Bobby and Jackie. If such an affair took place, how is it conceivable that they managed to keep it out of the public eye? The answer to the first question is that President Kennedy compartmentalized his life to such an extent that he was able to preside over the nation while at the same time pursuing a hyperactive social schedule. The answer to the second question is that in the 1960s, the private lives of public figures were simply not covered by the media, certainly not to the extent that they are today when even the slightest impropriety, sexual or otherwise, gets reported, probed, and reported again.

Certain readers may also wonder or ask if it is even necessary to divulge the inner (or private) lives of biographical figures such as Robert and Jacqueline Kennedy. As a biographer, it has always been my conviction that sexual (or personal) behavior is integral to a fuller understanding of a person's life, particularly in the case of a public personality. Knowing that Robert and Jackie Kennedy became romantically involved following JFK's death -- and for reasons that this volume attempts to reveal -- sheds a whole new light on who they were and what made them tick. It demonstrates, among other things, that they were motivated by many of the same temptations and emotions that drive the rest of us. It helps us gain a fuller comprehension not only of them but also of ourselves.

Copyright © 2009 by C. David Heymann

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"Hill…[conveys] an ample portion of the raw emotion behind Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' experiences with betrayal, grief, and the celebrity fishbowl." —-Publishers Weekly Audio Review

Meet the Author

C. David Heymann (1945-2012) is the author of several New York Times bestselling biographies, including Bobby and Jackie, American Legacy, The Georgetown Ladies' Social Club, and RFK: A Candid Biography of Robert F. Kennedy. He lived in Manhattan.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought the book because I was an integral part of the Kennedy era. I worked for RFK's campaign in college. I found the book to be "all over the place" and not a concise, accounting of how the "love story" progressed. There were some interesting parts but it appeared to be more of an expose of who was sleeping with whom. I was dissapointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was going to be a love story between Bobby and Jackie. Instead it was just a book detailing all the sordid affairs that all the Kennedy's had. I couldn't even finish reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago It took writer Andrew Goldman only a little fact checking to find multiple, serious errors of fact in Heymann's book. This is not the first time Heymann has been revealed to be a liar in print (see below). You'd think Simon & Schuster would have fact checked this book, particularly with this author's history of playing fast an loose with the truth. For the full, detailed, sourced article, to to the link. It's too long to post here. But here's the gist: The new book Bobby and Jackie: A Love Story, which claims the two Kennedys had an affair, relies on a dead witness, improbable happenstance, and a view into the Kennedy compound that was physically impossible. One of Heymann's previous books was recalled by the publisher due to lies: ... a 1982 incident in which Random House was forced to pulp 58,000 copies of Heymann's book about Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton because of a factual error. It probably also didn't help his case that a handwriting expert pronounced as fakes the journals Heymann said Barbara Hutton had given to him. Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau ended up investigating Heymann.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read but it was not all true. This is a fictional book. The things in this book are not all true, its what the author assumed happend.
legalsnoop More than 1 year ago
For anyone interested in the Kennedys or Jackie O, this is a great read! I'm not much for writing on books of this nature, but it was a good book. I wish that the "affair" had not happened because I believe you hurt good people with love afairs. I'm sure Ethel knew about the sexual exploits of Bobby and Jack, but it should not have been shoved in her face by being in the "family". Grief is not an excuse for what happened. I believe from reading the book that they really knew each other and might have been good for each other had they not already been married. I also believe it is the reason Jackie married Onassis which was a shame for all involved. Onassis had no love for Jackie either so the whole marriage was a sham. It is truly amazing what we do as adults. I believe the Kennedys could have done so much more if they had been able to put aside their private lives once in a while and this book proves it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even if this is all fiction I still could not put the book down! It made me want to learn more about the Kennedys and that time period. Loved it!
MaryPeterson More than 1 year ago
WOW this book really has created alot of buzz ! It is a quick history lesson during an exciting time. The 60's! Heymann really captures the era in a quickpaced read full of interesting tidbits. Whats up with all you "haters" out there. Review the book and stop attacking the writer.You only sound like a bunch of whiners and wannabees. Get the book , read it and see for yourself. Heymann is a gifted writer. I loved this book !
Pegster67 More than 1 year ago
After reading this book, one could easily understand how Bobby and Jackie could enter into a relationship forged by their grief. This book pulls back a few layers and exposes us to a rather touching, albeit sometimes difficult, relationship.
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Why would a stupid guy come and kill a nice president
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't know if this is true or not, but VERY INTERESTING.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Undeniably interesting, but is it true? All the people in this book certainly got around.
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When the whole JFK-Monroe thing first came up, someone said, "Oh, that certainly explains a lot. Do you think one of the Kennedys had her killed?" I had said if not JFK, than probably poor, longsuffering Jackie, because, I mean. And then the reply was "No, probably Robert. He's the conniver." I denied this, thinking, dear God. He's the only good Kennedy, isn't he? Well.
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jacksmomJM More than 1 year ago
Loved the book, just when I thought I knew everything about JFK/Jackie and Bobby, boy was I wrong. Very informative, I just could not stop reading.
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