The Eloquent Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: A Portrait in Her Own Words

The Eloquent Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: A Portrait in Her Own Words

by Bill Adler
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The Eloquent Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: A Portrait in Her Own Words by Bill Adler

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061873638
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 254,656
File size: 282 KB

About 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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Eloquent Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the book, but seriously - no photos....
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Excerpts from Jackie's correspondence, memos, diaries, etc. Highly recommended!
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