America's Queen: The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (Thorndike Biography) Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Mar 2001
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Fresh from her well-received life of Queen Elizabeth II, the historian and biographer Sarah Bradford turns her hand to America's own answer to royalty, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Painstakingly detailed, impressively fair, the result is the most definitive account yet of a woman who captured the imagination of the American public like no First Lady before or after her. Bradford seems to have interviewed almost everyone who had ever been intimate with Onassis, including George Plimpton, Gore Vidal, Joan Kennedy and even a few ex-lovers. Most notably of all, Jackie's sister Lee Radziwill speaks with unexpected frankness about the mixture of rivalry and affection that marked their relationship since childhood. Jackie-lovers, take note: this is no hagiography, and its subject certainly comes off as no saint. As gracious as this American icon could be, she also had moments of coldness and even greed, including a particularly shocking moment by the bedside of Aristotle Onassis's dying son. Yet, in the end, non-airbrushed anecdotes like these only serve to make this most private of public figures even more fascinating.
Jackie was, as Bradford writes, "a complex woman of many facets, concealed insecurities and intricate defence mechanisms, a strong urge toward the limelight contrasting with a desire for privacy and concealment.... Behind the mask of beauty and fame lay a shrewd mind, a ruthless judgment of people, antennae finely turned to any sign of pretentiousness or pomposity, and a wry, even raunchy sense of humour". The figure who emerges from subsequent pages is as compelling as the heroine of any novel, and it is to Bradford's credit that she doesn't seem to have fallen completely under her subject's spell. Her approach is sympathetic, but never fawning; candid, but never sensationalist. For those who are curious not about Jackie's glamour but about its source, America's Queen offers an unprecedented look at the flesh-and-blood woman behind the Camelot myth. --Carlotta DeWitt --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Some of the most personally knowledgeable observations about [Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis] that have ever been put into print." The Boston Globe
"Compulsively readable" The Washington Post" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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This chunky biography is one of the most beguiling and effective 'page turners' I've ever come across and I would unhesitatingly recommend it as a beach or pool-side companion.
Compared to the detailed writing on Jacqeline's early years, the lack of writing about Jacqueline in her final years is disappointing, however...in the end she guarded her family and personal life to strive for an existence outside of the public arena and in some ways, this book has respected her for that. Combined sympathetic and matter of fact writing, complimented by numerous photo's - this book is not a disappointment.
I'm 15 and having watched The Kennedys last year I instantly wanted to know more about America's Queen.
This book starts with her birth and ends with her funeral - not to mention everything in between.
This book has clearly been well researched. A good 600 pages long, it includes everything - her relationships with her parents, in laws and life after JFK.
Best book I've read this year - possibly best biography ever too.
Don't be put off by the size - it's worth it!
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This was for my daughter it was just what she was looking forPublished 6 months ago by hattersfamily
Fascinating subject enlightened by an outstanding biographerPublished 10 months ago by Mrs de Winter
Absolutely brilliant book well written balanced views, very informative.Published 20 months ago by Mrs Lesley Edmondson
This Book was described as being " near new" in fact it was a very old copy withdrawn from a Library.
the pages were brown, totally unacceptable
How Jackie Kennedy managed to rise above and soar through her life experiences is a tribute to her wisdom, strength, curiosity and desire to touch all that she could. Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2014 by Laura norder
Book pages were very yellow & smelt of cigarette smoke , very disappointed . I know it was a used book but to smell !
Not nice , when you are a non smoker .
I did enjoy this book. As it was written by Sarah Bradford, I knew it would be interesting. There were some things about her life I didn't know so that was more enjoyable.Published on 17 April 2014 by Amazon Customer
I bought this book for my wife and she can't put it down! Anyone interested in the Kennedy story will enjoy this!Published on 26 Dec. 2013 by Denis Carlton