What Jackie Taught Us: Lessons from the Remarkable Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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She was a woman of confidence, focus, and passion, and it made her one of the world's greatest sources of inspiration and influence. She drew on a remarkable wealth of self-knowledge and a sense of purpose to cope with extraordinary public demands and overwhelming private needs. How can anyone emulate Jackie?

What Jackie Taught Us offers Jackie's own personal lessons about how best to live one's life with poise, grace, and zest, including wisdom about image and style, courage ...

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Overview

She was a woman of confidence, focus, and passion, and it made her one of the world's greatest sources of inspiration and influence. She drew on a remarkable wealth of self-knowledge and a sense of purpose to cope with extraordinary public demands and overwhelming private needs. How can anyone emulate Jackie?

What Jackie Taught Us offers Jackie's own personal lessons about how best to live one's life with poise, grace, and zest, including wisdom about image and style, courage and vision, men, marriage, motherhood, and motivation, and how best to apply those lessons to everyday life. With the shining example of this American icon, we can illuminate who we are, what we want—and what we truly need from ourselves and each other.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The very interesting life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929-1994), married to the 35th president of the U.S., continues to fascinate, which should insure readership for this laudatory life lesson. The author, a corporate executive, once lived in the same New York City apartment building as her subject and, though she never actually met her, describes herself as an admirer. Flaherty contends that Onassis was never given credit for her leadership abilities and focuses on episodes of her life that illuminate the positive influence she had on others. Drawing on secondary sources and secondary interviews that one imagines would have appalled the famously reclusive Mrs. Onassis, Flaherty takes us over the familiar territory of her subject's childhood with a distant, critical mother and adoring but womanizing alcoholic father. She faithfully details Onassis's splendid education, which honed a passion for knowledge that sustained her through John Kennedy's extramarital affairs and his tragic assassination. Although the writing is competent, it too frequently tends to be repetitive and cloying. The areas that Flaherty believes Onassis taught by example include dealing with men (play hard to get), motherhood (loving but strict) and courage (the ability to withstand pain without crumbling). Photos. (Apr. 6) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Shallowness reigns in these two titles, one by a marginally famous woman, the other about a bona fide icon. Former supermodel Ferrare (Okay, So I Don't Have a Headache: What I Learned (and What All Women Need To Know) About PMS, Hormones, Stress, Diet, Menopause-and Sex) fails to demonstrate any personal growth in documenting her silver-spoon failures. She bemoans not landing the cohosting job that went to Kelly Rippa and overeating; she also crows about her proudest achievement-creating jewelry sold on cable TV. Libraries should instead consider Jackie Kallen's Hit Me with Your Best Shot: A Fight Plan for Dealing with All of Life's Hard Knocks (now in paperback) instead of this insipid read. Libraries should be aware, however, that Ferrare launched a new furniture line in April on the Home Shopping Network, so there could be demand. Meanwhile, former Colgate-Palmolive VP Flaherty (Talk Your Way to the Top) fairly idolizes Camelot's First Lady. In chapters padded with cursory biographical snippets, she purports to explore what Jackie "taught" the world. Take, for instance, the chapter "Men and Marriage," wherein readers learn that Jackie made herself attractive and "followed her heart." Much is made of the "beautiful, cultured, and intelligent" icon of our collective (and idealized) cultural memory. Instead of wasting money on this hardcover trifle, commemorate the tenth anniversary of Jackie's death by dusting off some respectable biographies, e.g., Sarah Bradford's America's Queen: A Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis or even Pamela Clarke Keogh's photographic Jackie Style. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399530807
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 582,861
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Tina Santi Flaherty

Tina Santi Flaherty, a lifelong admirer of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, was the first woman elected a vice president at three of America's largest companies: Colgate-Palmolive, GTE, and Grey Advertising. Described by Business Week as one of America's top corporate women, she is a much sought-after motivational speaker and the author of Talk Your Way to the Top and The Savvy Woman's Success Bible. She coaches politicians, educators, and Fortune 500 executives in the art of communicating with creativity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2004

    I THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD READ

    THE BOOK OPENED MY EYES TO WHAT JACKIE DID TEACH US. THE WRITER GOT HER POINT ACROSS. I NOW THINK OF THE THINGS JACKIE DID AND SEE HOW SHE INFLUNCED A LOT OF PEOPLE. I LOVE TO REAK ABOUT JACKIE

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Did not like

    If You have read one book about jackie you have read them all the same

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2005

    Disappointment

    I thought this book would have a bit more substance than it proved to. It's a retake on so many other Jackie O. books - no new insights to be found.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2005

    Predictable, Repetitive

    This book was such a disappointment - the pages became more predictable as they went on. Half of this book could have been cut by removing the text that's consistantly repeated. It's as if there are a few main points that are revisted again and again by changing the wording a bit. And, this is a thin book to begin with! Please, save your money and buy something more worth while.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2004

    Don't expect a traditional biography.

    This book (my first purchase about Jackie) is a nice introduction into (and brief synopsis of) Jackie's life. I was impressed with Jackie's courageousness, intellect, multi-lingual expertise, and the dogged determination that she inevitably applied to each and every task that she undertook. It was also interesting to see what 'old money' can do for one's self-esteem and confidence (compared to the average, middle-class 'Joe' or 'Jane', as the case may be. In other words.... compared to us poor working gals). I was somewhat disappointed in the author's style of writing. A vice president of several major corporations she may be, but a novel writer or biographer she is not. This book needed a lot of editing -- what with repeated scenarios, repeated dropping of high society names, and bouncing around in the time vortex of Jackie's life span. However, if you want only the highlights of Jackie's life, this is the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2004

    What Jackie Taught Us: Lessons from the Remarkable Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

    'WHAT JACKIE TAUGHT US' is a gem of a book, very readable, inspirational in content. Poignant vignettes of a life well-lived portray the extraordinarily ordinary qualities of an exceptional woman. Jackie Kennedy Onassis was a complex woman living amidst momentous historical events. She manifested virtues often missing from contemporary celebrity. Tina Santi Flaherty presents a collage of vibrant images evident in Jackie's life which offer a fitting role model worthy of imitation. While an icon of recent history she was no saint. The author offers the reader the keys to Jackie's success as a worthy examples to emulate. Virtue derives from the Latin word for strength. Jackie's life was strength personified.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2004

    What Jackie Taught Us: Lessons from the Remarkable Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

    I loved, loved, loved this book. Not only because I love to read anything on Jackie Kennedy but this book guided me on how I can aspire to reach my own degree of success just as the delicate, graceful JKO. I don't think anyone has ever written a self-help about Jackie Kennedy--what a wonderful form and so easy to grasp from. This would be wonderful for anyone from my daughter's age of 19 all the way to people my age, which I won't mention, but that were around when Jackie changed our Country and it's never been the same since!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2004

    Great

    I always like reading about her. She is so facinating & the author did a wonderful job.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2004

    Fascinating Reading

    My first book about Jackie, as it was a gift to my wife, and could not put it down when I started it. Easy reading, and brought out many beautiful qualities of her life that we had not known of. We admired her for her courage, but often-times forgot that she was a faithful wife and mother, and indeed left us with many lessons we should all learn.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2004

    The Perfect Mother's Day gift

    What Jackie Taught Us' is a beautifully written book about the life lessons we can learn from a woman who has inspired others and will continue to inspire many generations, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. It is impossible to read this treasure and not come away with new insights about how to live one's life to the fullest with confidence, courage, humility and grace. This book would make a wonderful Mother's Day gift, whether a gift from daughter to Mother or vice versa. My own Mother, who came from a generation of women who idolized the former First Lady, would have loved this book about the lessons learned from the extraordinary life of Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis. Had my mother not passed away a few years ago, she would have surely given me this book as a gift or enjoyed it as a gift from me. She would have tried to encourage me to learn the lessons passed on through Jackie's shining example and how best to apply those lessons to the way I live my own life. What this book illluminates, is that the secret to Jackie's success and eternal legacy lies in the unique and strategical choices she made, her value system and beliefs as well as her incredible will to survive no matter what obstacles life presented her. We can all learn a thing or two from the life of such an amazing American Icon. Was this review helpful to you?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2004

    Repetitive

    This book was way too repetitive - author introduced the same characters over and over, as well as talked about the same material again and again. The information was interesting, but it could have been said in a lot less pages despite the fact that it was very short to begin with.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2004

    A Good Read For Jackie Lovers

    This book gives you some insight into the real Jackie, the way she handled the people and situations in her life, and most of her love for her husband and children. It is a quick read and very entertaining. We can look forward to more books written by Mrs. Flaherty.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2004

    Short and Inconcise

    This book had good potential as all books on Jackie do, but it was too short and inconcise...many of the pages were simply repeats of text. In many ways it could have been shortened for a submission in a magazine, and not lost any of it's actual literary value. The concept of the book was good, but the actual content left a lot to be desired.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2004

    Great Book

    Congratulations to the author - Tina Flaherty - great book - she captured the real Jackie.

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