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America's Queen By Sarah H. Bradford

America's Queen by Sarah H. Bradford

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Using personal testimonies from the golden couple's friends, this work seeks to present the private Jackie - neglected wife, vigilant mother, obsessive shopper and working widow.

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America's Queen: The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis by Sarah H. Bradford

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was and is an icon for women. Beautiful, exquisitely dressed, cultivated, gracious, a little mysterious and almost regal, she personifies the way we would like all our world leaders' wives to be. Sarah Bradford paints an extraordinary portrait of a woman riddled with contradictions: kind, considerate, proud, loyal and loving, yet also supremely selfish, manipulative and greedy. Drawing on remarkable new testimony from those closest to Jackie, "America's Queen" follows her from her rigid, bleak childhood to the glorious glamour and complication of life as Kennedy's wife, to the even more glamorous but ultimately poisonous marriage to Onassis, to the final serenity of her years as a New York publishing editor. The secrets of Onassis's will, Jackie's affairs, her extraordinary spending habits, her treachery to old friends - all of these are revealed together with her public life as the ultimate trophy wife.

America's Queen Reviews

The Kennedys were - to a very great extent still are - America's Royal Family. Like the real thing, their reputation has taken a considerable bashing in the last couple of decades: JFK using the White House as a knocking shop; Edward's drunkenness and womanising, not to mention Chappaquiddick and Monroe's death. Jacqueline Kennedy first blotted her copybook when she married Onassis, a move that was seen as having more to do with avarice than love. But she was largely forgiven - after all, she had suffered for her country. But her married life accounts for only 17 years in total, and Bradford here examines the not uneventful balance of her existence. The grieving widow, the working mother, the greedy shopaholic, the intensely private public figure who, from 1963 until her death, never gave an interview. Yet even her detractors would testify to her loyalty and generosity of spirit, setting her faults against her difficult childhood and the tragedies of later life. The publishers are keeping the content securely under wraps but they are saying Bradford draws on interviews with those who knew Jackie and Jack which paint "a chilling picture of rich people running a country". There are, apparently, many revelations about her personal life, and Bradford sheds new light on the question of Onassis' will, over which Jackie and her stepchildren argued in the funeral cortege.

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America's Queen: The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis by Sarah H. Bradford
Used - Very Good
Penguin Books Ltd
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