Jack and Jackie: Portrait of an American Marriage

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Theirs was one of the great love stories of our time. Indeed, John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, captured and have held the world's imagination as perhaps no other husband and wife in modern history. Yet despite the billions of words that have been written about this most golden of couples, the true nature of their relationship has been veiled in mystery and mystique.

Until now. With stunning information from important sources, some of whom were sworn to secrecy until Jackie's death in May 1994, and previously sealed archival material, international best-selling author Christopher Andersen examines their unique partnership and the courage, grace, and humor that defined it. In the manner of Joseph Lash's insightful Eleanor and Franklin, Jack and Jackie is packed with startling revelations about the secrets and events that shaped their lives, including:

  • Never-before-known details of their courtship, and the other men Jackie almost married
  • The world-famous women whose romances with JFK have previously been unreported, including Audrey Hepburn
  • The shocking truth about Jack's medical condition, and how, as with FDR, the disturbing truth was concealed from the press and the public
  • Their concerns about infertility, and Jackie's troubled pregnancies; the way Caroline and John Jr. transformed their lives -- and the touching story of how the death of their infant son Patrick brought Jack and Jackie closer than they had ever been, only months before Dallas

An inspiring, sympathetic, and compelling look at two mythic figures, Jack and Jackie is more than just the definitive portrait of their marriage. It is a glittering fairy tale, a stirring saga of triumph and tragedy, and -- above all else -- a love story.

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This was an interesting take on one of the most famous marriages of the twentieth century. Though it relies heavily on testimony from close "friends" and acquaintances of the Kennedys, the book gives ... Read full review

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Interesting read. He makes the case that Jackie was after money; that Jack needed a wife to run for president and fulfill his father's ambitions; that Jackie tolerated Jack's philandering because her ... Read full review


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About the author (1997)

Christopher Andersen was born on May 26, 1949. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and joined the staff of Time Magazine as a contributing editor in 1969. He was the senior editor of People Magazine from 1974 to 1986. He has also written for numerous publications including The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Life, and Vanity Fair. He has written over 25 books. His early nonfiction books range from psychology in The Name Game to true crime in The Serpent's Tooth to art collecting in The Best of Everything. He is best known for his biographies including Somewhere in Heaven: The Remarkable Love Story of Dana and Christopher Reeve, The Day John Died, Madonna Unauthorized, and These Few Precious Days: The Final Year of Jack with Jackie. He received the Joan's Legacy Award for excellence in journalism regarding lung cancer in 2008. In 2016 Andersen's title Game of Crowns: Elizabeth, Camilla, Kate, and the Throne made the New York Time bestseller list.

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