This is the untold story of how one woman's life was changed forever in a matter of seconds by a horrific trauma. For almost six decades, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis has fascinated people worldwide. The subject of numerous books and thousands of articles, her life has probably been documented in millions of words. And yet, there has always remained something mysterious, something private about this very public woman. With extraordinary skill and great sensitivity, Barbara Leaming explores the seemingly magical world of Jackie's youth, her fairy-tale marriage to a wealthy and handsome Senator and Presidential candidate and her astonishing transformation into a deft political wife and unique First Lady. This spirited young woman's rejection of the idea of a "safe marriage" as the wife of some socially prominent but utterly predictable man led her to JFK and international fame. But the trauma of her husband's murder, which left her literally soaked in blood and brains, would damage her far more than has been known. Until now.
Praise for "Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis ""An intimate and revealing look at one of the 20th century's most remarkable--and misunderstood--women." --"Kirkus Reviews "Praise for Barbara Leaming"The depth and drama of her storytelling deserves especially high praise." --"The New York Times Book Review" on "Katharine Hepburn""Leaming's narrative soars.... Masterful." --"Washington Post Book World" on "Jack Kennedy""Engrossing...Restores Marilyn's humanity...A gripping and corrective book." --"The New York Times" on "Marilyn Monroe""A fascinating work." --"The New York Post" on "Mrs. Kennedy""Bona fide new material ... meticulous research ... achingly moving." --"The Washington Post" on "Mrs. Kennedy ""Leaming paints a moving portrait of Jackie as she tried valiantly to make her marriage work and find a place for herself and her gifts." --"USA Today" on "Mrs. Kennedy""It makes both Kennedys seem utterly human, flawed, and some of it will break your heart." --Liz Smith, "New York Post" on "Mrs. Kennedy""""A fabulous success... the first book to plumb Jackie's marital horrors in such heart-stopping detail." --"The Philadelphia Inquirer" on "Mrs. Kennedy""An absorbing and enjoyable book." --"New York Times Book Review" on "Jack Kennedy""History improves on itself! I never thought I'd want to read a book about JFK again.... reads like a high-society thriller." --"The New York Post" on "Jack Kennedy ""A fine biography of John F. Kennedy." --Jon Meacham on "Jack Kennedy""The great merit of Barbara Leaming's new book is to demonstrate how dependent the young Kennedy became upon a charmed circle of British noblemen, and also how obsessed he became with the need to match himself with that greatest of Anglo-American aristocrats, Winston Churchill." --Christopher Hitchens on "Jack Kennedy ""I am astounded at Barbara Leaming's almost uncanny perception of the workings of his mind." --John Julius Norwich on "Churchill Defiant"