This book was an eye opener for me. I learned much about Jackie's childhood and family background, as well as about the Kennedy family. It has a section of pictures in the middle that really add to the telling of events, and this I liked. Honestly, after reading this I have a completely different view and opinion about the Kennedy family. It was very educational to say the least. ttfn L.
Lots of information that I didn't know about her before reading it, but it read a little like a tabloid in some parts. Also, there were so many direct quotes and descriptions it was sometimes hard to keep track of who was saying what about her. Very thorough biography though - my perception of her has changed somewhat after reading this.
This book is a most readable discussion about a woman caught in the spotlight for most of her life. It begins with Jackie's childhood, background about her family and the divorce of her parents. The animosity between her parents affected her profoundly. Jackie became a very private person drawing deep within herself. I couldn't help wondering if she ever trusted anyone. I do feel that she must have been insecure. She did have a coming out party and was named debutante of the year but she did not mention that honor to her friends. Jackie attended Vassar but did not enjoy the school and transferred for her senior year.
This is a quick reading and exciting book, perhaps because I lived through those years. Jackie dated many but eventually focused on Jack Kennedy with his good looks and money. Her mother's influence can be seen in that decision. She was a strong domineering woman. Interestingly, her father and Jack Kennedy were both womanizers which must have been difficult. How can anyone feel comfortable about one's life when those she loves most so often seek sexual gratification elsewhere?
She became deeply to attached Joseph Kennedy. However, because she cherished privacy, she found the Kennedy clan gatherings disconcerting. I can understand that feeling as it happened to me as well. When the marriage occurred it was a media event, structured to strengthen Jack Kennedy's political career. Jackie's own father was so drunk he could not stand so her step father walked her down the aisle. Her mother forbade even her father's attendance. Into politics - senate and the presidency, she seemed to find her stride. With the assassination, she felt lost and threatened. I kept seeing the photo of her with the children in my mind.
Much has been written about Jackie Kennedy, her family, the Kennedys and the events surrounding all their lives. I couldn't help agreeing with the author and wonder if anyone really knew who she was.