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Nemesis: The True Story of Aristotle Onassis, Jackie O, and the Love Triangle That Brought Down the Kennedys [Paperback]

Peter Evans
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2 Jun 2005

A longtime investigative journalist uncovers one of the great untold stories of twentieth-century international intrigue, and the secrets it has held until now.

Shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis and Bobby Kennedy, two of the world′s richest and most powerful men, disliked one another from the moment they first met. Over several decades, their intense mutual hatred only grew, as did their desire to compete for the affections of Jackie, the keeper of the Camelot flame.

Now, this shocking work by seasoned investigative journalist Peter Evans reveals the culmination of the Kennedy-Onassis-Kennedy love triangle: Onassis was at the heart of the plot to kill Bobby Kennedy. Nemesis meticulously traces Onassis′s trail - his connections, the way that he financed the assassination - and includes a confession kept secret for three decades. With its deeply nuanced portraits of the major figures and events that shaped an era, Nemesis is a work that will not soon be forgotten.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (2 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780060580544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060580544
  • ASIN: 0060580542
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 14.9 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Evans, an award-winning former journalist and foreign correspondent, is the author of ten books, including Ari, Goodbye Baby and Amen, and the bestselling novel The Englishman's Daughter. He lives in London with his wife.

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Robert Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis met for the first time at a cocktail party given by the English socialite Pamela Churchill at the Plaza Hotel in New York City in the spring of 1953 year Jacqueline Lee Bouvier married John F. Kennedy. Read the first page
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lifestyles of the rich and famous 26 Nov 2010
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These characters-so idolised as the world's historical champions by the media at the time - Jack, Jackie, Bobby, Marilyn, Maria Callas etc. are revealed here as ego-obsessed, mercenary monsters set in a complex sprawling tangle of shadowy interdependent relationships that most of us cannot begin to imagine. The leaders of the free world and their cronies painted as more interested in their sexual conquests and revenge for their slighted egos than the trivial matters of managing the affairs of the world. What a dung heap we live in with such despicable bloated vermin running the show. If you have any illusions about what makes the world go round or wish for your cynical suspicions to be confirmed-this book is for you. What ugly people they all are-in every way. The nasty little Onassis, wife-beating and cheating his way through life-is that admirable?- the two - timing -perfidious Kennedys-the ghastly women who seem no more than high class whatanames - and the fawning coteries of unprinciped hangers on - here they all are.
And while the offspring of these psychopaths, the power mongers and their politicians continue to tittle tattle and run their economies into the ground, and bring us daily to the edge of nuclear extinction, the media still wheels out the same wretched sycophantic, idolising nonsense.
It's sobering to think that those born after the sixties and seventies don't have much more insight into corruption than their experience of a few shabby MPs fudging their expenses. They missed out on this time of lid-lifting life education so well portrayed here.
This is an extraordinary book-academically detailed and thorough but engaging and full of interest. The veracity of the murderous hidden plot suggestions are not so important in a way - it's the other world of the Masters of the Universe that makes such things credible that is so dazzling. I wish I'd kept it back, it would have made page- turning reading on some holiday somewhere.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TERRIFIC READ 11 Jun 2004
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In Nemesis, Peter Evans makes startling revelations about the involvement of Aristotle Onassis in a plot to murder Robert Kennedy. I read this author's biography of Onassis a few years ago and enjoyed it very much. This book is even better.

A two-family saga about two dying breeds, a political thriller, even, in a perverse way, a love story, Nemesis tells the story of two powerful men - Onassis and Bobby Kennedy - and Jackie O, the woman they loved in their own fashion. Evans's revelations about the mores, etiquettes, and rituals, of their world, makes this a fascinationg study of a society as well as a compelling story of murder, greed, and lust in high places. Often poignant - especially his portrait of Jackie O, who emerges as a surprisingly strong, articulate, modern woman who knows exactly what she wants and is determined to get it - and sardonic, this is a stimulating and provocative read.
I don't know whether all the secrets he dishes along the way can be taken as Gospel, but his sources are impressive, his research is persuasive, and I believed every word of it. I loved it. A terrific read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars were our idols really this bad? 4 Nov 2010
I was led to read this book after seeing the play Onassis' in London, based on the book. The play and book revealed shocking 'facts' about people I had been led to believe were honorable and touched by tragedy - Jackie Onassis and Bobby Kennedy in particular. This meticulously researched and referenced book laid bare facts, through the life of Onassis and the interaction with the Kennedys, that completely re-wrote my view of history and makes me even more cautious when reading of peronalities in the media. So much corruption on the part of Onassis, and so much hatred and vengeance. Gripping, though.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping from start too finish... 29 Aug 2010
Nemesis is a fascinating read.
I take my hat off too the author for the level of research he must of done too give this book it's rich sense of history.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nemesis by Peter Evans 4 Feb 2010
By J. Cane
A very interesting well written book . It reveals many facts not readily known before. It puts a whole new meaning to the Kennedy presidency. Ari is also portrayed warts and all for the man he really was. Jackie is also shown to be a very different person to the public Jackie.

I wonder how much of this will ever go into the history books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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An excellent read. Exposing many secrets that had been rumour based until I read this book. It presents as well researched and gives an insight into the lives one has read and known about for along time. Some of these people have enjoyed an iconic status but it would appear not to be what their publicity would have us believe. Excellent and engrossing read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME 25 Feb 2012
By micky
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I looked forward to reading this book as there has been so much controvercy surrounding it. I was not to be dissapointed,its one of
those special books that when youve finished it feels like bidding an old freind goodbye. Shocking revelations are therin of which
I choose very much to beleive. Peter Evans is a master story teller, he will mesmerise you, you will ignore the telly and your spouse
will be saying 'I'II be glad when youve finished that blinking book'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling Read 7 Sep 2011
I wasn't sure on this book and whether it would be too sensationalised, but it was a great and very intersting read. The writer doesn't lead you into crazy conspiracies but provides a lot of facts and has had a lot of direct contact with people in the book, giving a legtimacy to it. As a result this is a fascinating and enthralling read and gives a very different view of the protagnists than some other volumes give! I got through this book in less than a week, as I could hardly put it down.
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Published 12 days ago by A.MCQUILLAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good read.
Published 1 month ago by James Cowen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a great book have almost finished it. a real eye opener and very unexpected about the Kennedy family.
Published 2 months ago by joan connelly
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
Great book ! Couldn't put it down . It's hard to believe the things that go on in the lives of the rich and famous!
Published 6 months ago by mp oloughlin
5.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking story
this book kept my attention from beginning to end. It captures the atmosphere of the era and provides a thought provoking background throughout.
Published 7 months ago by susan c dornan
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.
I had read Peter Evan's excellent biography on Aristotle Onassis, and so was expecting a book of the same kind of substance and meticulous research. This book had neither. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ex-Pat Diva
3.0 out of 5 stars trying to find an autobiography read many years ago
I read a story about Onasis in the 60's and lent it to someone and have never been able to find the copy this was'nt it a poor second
Published 8 months ago by margaret palmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye opener
Found this book opened my eyes to how the other side lives. Very interesting, informative and defiantly food for thought.
Published 9 months ago by June Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
OMG I could not put this book down, it is amazing, and if like me you have only heard the political story on the TV, it will shock you. Read more
Published 9 months ago by CarolGW
4.0 out of 5 stars Great yarn but far-fetched
A whole lot of information on Onassis' connections and the antagonism between him and Bobby. A really good yarn but also far-fetched. Pity Jackie caught in the middle.
Published 11 months ago by Jean Regan
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