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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Leaming, Cherie Priest Narrator: Kate Reading, Wil Wheaton, Eliza Foss Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9781427252333
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The untold story of how one woman’s life was changed forever in a matter of seconds by a horrific trauma

Barbara Leaming’s extraordinary and deeply sensitive biography is the first book to document Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ brutal, lonely, and valiant thirty-one year struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder that followed JFK’s assassination.

Here is the woman as she has never been seen before. In heartrending detail, we witness a struggle that unfolded at times before our own eyes but which we failed to understand.

Leaming’s biography also makes clear the pattern of Jackie’s life as a whole. We see how a spirited young woman’s rejection of a predictable life led her to John F. Kennedy and the White House, how she sought to reconcile the conflicts of her marriage and the role she was to play, and how the trauma of her husband’s murder that left her soaked in his blood and brains led her to seek a very different kind of life from the one she’d previously sought.

This is a life story that has been scrutinized countless times but is seen here for the first time as the serious and important story that it is—a life story for our times at a moment when we as a nation need more than ever to understand the impact of trauma.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Provocative.... Recast in this light, Jackie's post-1963 actions make a new kind of sense.... With a diagnosis of PTSD in mind, incidents once criticized as selfish or at least self-indulgent can be reassessed. USA Today

  • An intimate and revealing look at one of the 20th century's most remarkable--and misunderstood--women. Kirkus Reviews
  • Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis provides suggestive evidence that her subject suffered from the clinical symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, including flashbacks, insomnia, numbness, avoidance, fear, depression, and anger. ... Her documentation -- which includes Jackie's remarks to intimates, as well as her behavior -- is compelling. Interpreting the post-assassination life through the lens of PTSD turns out to be a fruitful way of making sense of Jackie's sometimes odd-seeming choices. The Boston Globe
  • Barbara Leaming offers a startling and fascinating look at Jackie's life. ... Sensitive and stylish, intimate and insightful.... At once harrowing and humane, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis stands as a deeply moving narrative. Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Both refreshing and uniquely insightful. Maclean's
  • Successfully provides a fresh perspective on the widow of assassinated U.S. president John F. Kennedy....Award-winning biographer Barbara Leaming's take on Kennedy Onassis is well-written and thoroughly researched. ... Leaming's new biography brings her back to life in an important new light. Winnipeg Free Press
  • Barbara Leaming makes a strong argument, based on original research, that Jackie suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at a time before the condition had been diagnosed. Bookpage

  • “Provocative…Recast in this light, Jackie’s post-1963 actions make a new kind of sense…With a diagnosis of PTSD in mind, incidents once criticized as selfish or at least self-indulgent can be reassessed.”

    USA Today

  • “Her documentation—which includes Jackie’s remarks to intimates, as well as her behavior—is compelling. Interpreting the post-assassination life through the lens of PTSD turns out to be a fruitful way of making sense of Jackie’s sometimes odd-seeming choices.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Both refreshing and uniquely insightful.”

    Maclean’s (Canada)

  • “Barbara Leaming offers a startling and fascinating look at Jackie’s life…Sensitive and stylish, intimate and insightful…at once harrowing and humane, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis stands as a deeply moving narrative.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “Successfully provides a fresh perspective…Well written and thoroughly researched..Leaming’s new biography brings her back to life in an important new light.”

    Winnipeg Free Press (Canada)

  • “[An] engaging biography…Readers intrigued with the Kennedys will find much to admire here.”

    Library Journal

  • “Barbara Leaming makes a strong argument, based on original research, that Jackie suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at a time before the condition had been diagnosed.”

    BookPage

  • “An intimate and revealing look at one of the twentieth century’s most remarkable—and misunderstood—women.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Barbara Leaming is the author of the New York Times bestseller Katharine Hepburn. She was for many years professor of theater and film at Hunter College. Her articles have appeared in Vanity Fair and the New York Times Magazine. She lives in Connecticut.

About the Narrators

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.

Wil Wheaton is an actor, voice artist, author, and award-winning audiobook narrator. Among his movie credits are Stand by Me and Toy Soldiers. His many television credits include Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Big Bang Theory, and Generator Rex. As a narrator of more than a dozen audiobooks, he has twice won the prestigious Audie Award, twice been a finalist for the Audie, and earned an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine.

Eliza Foss is an actress who has appeared in numerous theaters in New York City and around the country. She has narrated over thirty books and short stories, been featured in AudioFile magazine, and won five AudioFile Earphones Awards for her narrations.