Mrs. Kennedy: The Missing History of the Kennedy Years

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 8, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages
New York Times bestselling author Barbara Leaming answers the question: What was it like to be Mrs. John F. Kennedy during the dramatic thousand days of the Kennedy presidency? Here for the first time is the full story of the extravagant interplay of sex and politics that constitutes one of modern history's most spectacular dramas.

Drawing from recently declassified top-secret material, as well as revelatory eyewitness accounts, Secret Service records, and Jacqueline Kennedy’s personal letters, bestselling biographer Barbara Leaming answers the question: what was it like to be Mrs. John F. Kennedy during the dramatic thousand days of the Kennedy presidency? Brilliantly researched, Leaming’s poignant and powerful chronicle illuminates the tumultuous day-to-day life of a woman who entered the White House at age thirty-one, seven years into a complex and troubled marriage, and left at thirty-four after her husband's assassination. Revealing the full story of the interplay of sex and politics in Washington, Mrs. Kennedy will indelibly challenge our vision of this fascinating woman, and bring a new perspective to her crucial role in the Kennedy presidency.
 

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Contents

Modus Vivendi
1
The Presidency Begins
33
Tell Me About Macmillan
51
A Family Drama
71
The Magic Is Lost
89
Hall of Mirrors
111
In Her Own Right
130
Goddess of Power
173
Indiscretion
256
Private Grief
286
A Study in Betrayal
303
Alone
328
My Dear Friend
351
Epilogue
356
Acknowledgments
361
Notes on Sources
365

Eyes in the Portraits
194
A Critical Moment
217
Valediction
237

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About the author (2011)

Barbara Leaming is the author of the critically acclaimed Orson Welles and the New York Times bestseller Katharine Hepburn. Her articles have appeared in Vanity Fair and The New York Times Magazine. She lives in Connecticut.

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