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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (356 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Kuhn Narrator: Susan Denaker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis never wrote a memoir, but she told her life story and revealed herself in intimate ways through the nearly 100 books she brought into print during the last two decades of her life as an editor at Viking and Doubleday. Based on archives and interviews with Jackie's authors, colleagues, and friends, Reading Jackie mines this significant period of her life to reveal both the serious and the mischievous woman underneath the glamorous public image. 
Though Jackie had a reputation for avoiding publicity, she willingly courted controversy in her books. She was the first editor to commission a commercially-successful book telling the story of Thomas Jefferson’s relationship with his female slave.  Her publication of Gelsey Kirkland's attack on dance icon George Balanchine caused another storm. Jackie rarely spoke of her personal life, but many of her books ran parallel to, echoed, and emerged from her own experience. She was the editor behind bestsellers on the assassinations of Tsar Nicholas II and John Lennon, and in another book she paid tribute to the allure of Marilyn Monroe and Maria Callas. Her other projects take us into territory she knew well: journeys to Egypt and India, explorations of the mysteries of female beauty and media exploitation, into the minds of photographers, art historians, and the designers at Tiffany & Co. 
Many Americans regarded Jackie as the paragon of grace, but few knew her as the woman sitting on her office floor laying out illustrations, or flying to California to persuade Michael Jackson to write his autobiography. Reading Jackie provides a compelling behind-the-scenes look at Jackie at work: how she commissioned books and nurtured authors, as well as how she helped to shape stories that spoke to her strongly. Jackie is remembered today for her marriages to JFK and to Aristotle Onassis, but her real legacy is the books that reveal the tastes, recollections, and passions of an independent woman.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Melissa Railey | 2/8/2014

    " Another terrific biography. I have to admit this is another part of history that I'm pretty ignorant about. I know who the Kennedys are (you couldn't be American and not know that) but I just didn't know much about their background. I still don't know a lot about the Kennedys but I did learn a lot about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. I had no clue that she had ever worked as an editor. I felt like I got to know who she was by reading about her choices in books to publish and her feelings about the subject matters and the authors. I also liked her sense of humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Samantha | 2/5/2014

    " Okay...this book might actually have been three stars. It might actually have been two stars, but anything associated with Jackie? FOUR STARS! I LOVE HER! I just LOVE HER! She's so classy and so wonderful! I just LOVE HER! The book...eh. I will admit, it was a bit of a slog. Sort of like the medicine head you get when you've taken Ny Quil and woken up in the middle of the night. It was interesting though and the information about Jackie and her life was, as always, fascinating. I might try it again when perhaps I'm a little more on my game, but this is a definitely must try for Jackie/Kennendyphiles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by janet Burke | 2/3/2014

    " An excellent biography that focusses on Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' life after her marriages, as a working woman editing books, first for Viking Press and then for Doubleday. I couldn't really figure out how a biography would come out of this period of her life based upon the books she edited, but amazingly the author gives a lot of insight into Jackie Kennedy's character, values, taste and even her attitudes about JFK, etc.. Much information and insight is gleaned from the books she chose to promote and edit and through her correspondence from that period with her authors along with interviews with these same authors and her co-workers. Not only was this an interesting slant on an interesting woman, but it provided me with many leads for future reading! My Kindle now has about 8 free samples waiting to be read - and most of them are NOT about the Kennedys! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kathy | 1/20/2014

    " Could not finish....this woman is just not interesting to me at all. "

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