The Eloquent Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: A Portrait in Her Own Words [NOOK Book]

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As her own words prove well, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis could be at times funny, buoyant, candid, irreverent, and of course poignant, too. This collection of quotes shares her thoughts on marriage, family, political life and ambition, publicity, privacy, and more as she confided them to intimate friends, family, and interviewers alike.

Memories of her childhood, her love for Jack, her children and grandchildren, the Kennedys, her often misunderstood marriage to Aristotle ...

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As her own words prove well, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis could be at times funny, buoyant, candid, irreverent, and of course poignant, too. This collection of quotes shares her thoughts on marriage, family, political life and ambition, publicity, privacy, and more as she confided them to intimate friends, family, and interviewers alike.

Memories of her childhood, her love for Jack, her children and grandchildren, the Kennedys, her often misunderstood marriage to Aristotle Onassis, her years as a widow, and her later companionship with Maurice Tempelsman are all represented here, as are some rather remarkable correspondences with the Johnsons, the Nixons, and the Khrushchevs.

A sampling of her wit and wisdom:

  • "I was a tomboy. I decided to learn to dance and I became feminine."
  • "Well, I think my biggest achievement is that, after going through a rather difficult time, I consider myself comparatively sane."
  • "When Harvard men say they have graduated from Radcliffe, then we've made it."
  • "If Jack proved to be the greatest president of the century and his children turned out badly, it would be a tragedy."

Forty years ago, when the nation was coming out from under a period of mourning, Bill Adler edited The Kennedy Wit and in so doing helped the world remember a man and a president, not just a sorrowful event. To commemorate the tenth anniversary of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's death, he has edited yet another book of quotes celebrating life -- this time the life of Jackie.

The accompanying DVD documentary is considered by many to be the definitive film biography of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and was produced by CBS News Productions for Arts & Entertainment Network.

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Editorial Reviews

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In 1964, Adler compiled an anthology of quotations from John F. Kennedy as an antidote to the grief that millions felt after Kennedy's assassination. Now ten years after the death of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, he compiles a similar volume of quotes from the former first lady. Most entries are short and require minimal explanation and others demand none at all. They come from public interviews and speeches, books and magazine articles by Jackie, and her letters. Letters written to Nikita Khrushchev, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard and Pat Nixon after JFK's death are gracious and poignant. The book is organized chronologically and topically (School Days, Early Career, 1960 Presidential Campaign, White House Restoration, The Funeral, Camelot, Children, Marriage to Aristotle Onassis, On Her Own Again). The majority of the book concerns Jackie's years with John Kennedy, including her determination to create a private, restorative home life for him and their children; her struggles with being a public figure; her desire to turn the White House into a historically restored, art-filled place; her composure during her husband's funeral; and her consequent emotional devastation, which lasted for years. The book could be read at a single sitting, but it is better spread out over several sessions to appreciate the remarkable evolution of the shy young wife thrust into the public eye to an elegant wise woman who has experienced life's happinesses and tragedies. The book comes with a DVD, Jackie O: In a Class of Her Own, which is part of A & E's Biography series. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P M J S A/YA (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High,defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2004, William Morrow/HarperCollins, 246p.; Photos., Ages 11 to Adult.
—Florence H. Munat
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061873638
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 66,918
  • File size: 269 KB

Meet the Author

Bill Adler is the editor of four New York Times bestselling books, including The Kennedy Wit, and is also the president of Bill Adler Books, Inc., a New York literary agency whose clients have included Mike Wallace, Dan Rather, President George W. Bush, Bob Dole, Larry King, and Nancy Reagan.

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The Eloquent Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

A Portrait in Her Own Words (with a One-Hour DVD Insert from A&E Biography)
By Adler, Bill

William Morrow & Company

ISBN: 0060732822

Highlights

"I took the choicest bachelor in the Senate."

He's an idealist -- without illusions."

"All the talk over what I wear and how I fix my hair has me amused, but it also puzzles me. What does my hairdo have to do with my husband's ability to be president?"

"[It's] as though I have just turned into a piece of public property. It's really frightening to lose your anonymity at thirty-one."

"I'll be a wife and mother first, then first lady."

"If Jack proved to be the greatest president of the century and his children turned out badly, it would be a tragedy."

"My husband never made a sound. He had this sort of quizzical look on his face and his hand was up. I remember thinking he just looked as if he had a slight headache. And then he put his hand to his forehead and fell into my lap."

"Jack was the love of my life. No one will ever know a big part of me died with him."

"And it will never be that way again. There'll be great presidents again, but there'll never be another Camelot."

"I think my biggest achievement is that, after going through a rather difficult time, I consider myself comparatively sane."

So many people hit the White House with their Dictaphone running ... I never even kept a journal. I thought, 'I want to live my life, not record it.'"

"Like everybody else, I have to work my way up to an office with a window."

"When you get written about a lot, you just think of it as a little cartoon that runs along at the bottom of your life -- but one that doesn't have much to do with your life."

"What has been sad for many women of my generation is that they weren't supposed to work if they had families ... What were they going to do when the children were grown -- watch the raindrops coming down the windowpane?"

"If you produce one book, you will have done something wonderful in your life."

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First Chapter

The Eloquent Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
A Portrait in Her Own Words (With a One-Hour DVD Insert from A&E Biography)

Highlights

"I took the choicest bachelor in the Senate."

He's an idealist -- without illusions."

"All the talk over what I wear and how I fix my hair has me amused, but it also puzzles me. What does my hairdo have to do with my husband's ability to be president?"

"[It's] as though I have just turned into a piece of public property. It's really frightening to lose your anonymity at thirty-one."

"I'll be a wife and mother first, then first lady."

"If Jack proved to be the greatest president of the century and his children turned out badly, it would be a tragedy."

"My husband never made a sound. He had this sort of quizzical look on his face and his hand was up. I remember thinking he just looked as if he had a slight headache. And then he put his hand to his forehead and fell into my lap."

"Jack was the love of my life. No one will ever know a big part of me died with him."

"And it will never be that way again. There'll be great presidents again, but there'll never be another Camelot."

"I think my biggest achievement is that, after going through a rather difficult time, I consider myself comparatively sane."

So many people hit the White House with their Dictaphone running ... I never even kept a journal. I thought, 'I want to live my life, not record it.'"

"Like everybody else, I have to work my way up to an office with a window."

"When you get written about a lot, you just think of it as a little cartoon that runs along at the bottom of your life -- but one that doesn't have much to do with your life."

"What has been sad for many women of my generation is that they weren't supposed to work if they had families ... What were they going to do when the children were grown -- watch the raindrops coming down the windowpane?"

"If you produce one book, you will have done something wonderful in your life."

The Eloquent Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
A Portrait in Her Own Words (With a One-Hour DVD Insert from A&E Biography)
. Copyright © by Bill Adler. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2004

    A charming book about a grand lady

    Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy was without a doubt one of America¿s most admired first ladies and that is the major theme of this book. Although the book - a collection of quotes taken from a variety of sources, mostly interviews given by Mrs. Kennedy - spans her lifetime, a good portion is devoted to Jackie¿s roles as the young wife of Senator John F. Kennedy and as the Nation¿s First Lady. In order to fully appreciate some of the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis¿s comments about her roles as a woman/wife/mother and widow, it is important to bring up the historical context. The Kennedy Administration, ¿Camelot,¿ took place amid turbulent times: widespread civil and racial unrest, the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis, and escalating involvement in the Vietnamese conflict. The women¿s movement was then in its infancy and it is against this backdrop that the Kennedy¿s acquired mythical, almost magical qualities. ¿Jack and Jackie were America¿s royal couple,¿ writes Bill Adler in his introduction to The Eloquent Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; A Portrait in Her Own Words. The quotes provide a window into her childhood, life with JFK and her role as First Lady, then widowhood, followed by her marriage to Aristotle Onassis, her work as book editor for both Viking Publishers and Doubleday, and final years. One section deals with the assassination, ¿Jack was the love of my life. No one will ever know a big part of me died with him.¿ A common thread that runs throughout is her great love of, and reliance on, the family. Jackie¿s life revolved around those she loved the most, her husband and her children, Caroline and John Jr. ¿Raising children is the best thing I¿ve ever done,¿ she declared. For those of us who lived through the sixties and are old enough to remember where we were when we heard that the President of the United States had been mortally wounded by an assassin¿s bullet, this tiny giant of a book will help to fan the flames of remembrance by highlighting the ¿beauty, grace and intelligence Jacqueline Kennedy brought to the White House,¿ the country, and the world.

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    Posted May 24, 2014

    No photos!

    I liked the book, but seriously - no photos....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    Excellent book!

    Excerpts from Jackie's correspondence, memos, diaries, etc. Highly recommended!

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