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A dazzling biography of three of the most glamorous women of the 20th Century: Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, her mother Janet Lee Auchincloss, and her sister, Princess Lee Radziwill.
“Do you know what the secret to happily-ever-after is?” Janet Bouvier Auchincloss would ask her daughters Jackie and Lee during their tea time. “Money and Power,” she would say. It was a lesson neither would ever forget. They followed in their mother’s footsteps after her marriages to the philandering socialite “Black Jack” Bouvier and the fabulously rich Standard Oil heir Hugh D. Auchincloss.
Jacqueline Bouvier would marry John F. Kennedy and the story of their marriage is legendary, as is the story of her second marriage to Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. Less well known is the story of her love affair with a world renowned architect and a British peer. Her sister, Lee, had liaisons with one and possibly both of Jackie's husbands, in addition to her own three marriagesto an illegitimate royal, a Polish prince and a Hollywood director.
If the Bouvier women personified beauty, style and fashion, it was their lust for money and status that drove them to seek out powerful men, no matter what the cost to themselves or to those they stepped on in their ruthless climb to the top. Based on hundreds of new interviews with friends and family of the Bouviers, among them their own half-brother, as well as letters and journals, J. Randy Taraborrelli paints an extraordinary psychological portrait of two famous sisters and their ferociously ambitious mother.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.80(d)|
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Table of Contents
Part 1 The Beginning 9
Part 2 A Mother's Duty 71
Part 3 Heady Times 101
Part 4 The White House Years 119
Part 5 Trouble Brewing 149
Part 6 The Assassination 187
Part 7 Recovery 213
Part 8 Transition 237
Part 9 Onassis 281
Part 10 Shifting Tides 317
Part 11 Enduring 367
Part 12 "Well, Happy and Loved …" 405
Epilogue: Passages 453
Source Notes 461
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have read numerous Jackie Kennedy books and books on the Kennedy. But, this one I was not impressed with at all. Most of your information came from her half-brother Jamie Auchincloss who is a registered sex offender...who I am guessing only did the book because he was "hurt" that he got cut out of Jackie's will. I am guessing her nieces and nephews did not want to comment for this book. out of respect for their Aunt. Her sister and daughter did not want to comment for this book either. I am betting the family stays far away from Jamie who is a lifetime sex offender. There is probably a reason that in most Jackie Kennedy and President Kennedy books there is a reason why he is not mentioned.