Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot

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Warner Books, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 528 pages
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Jacqueline Bouvier. Ethel Skakel. Joan Bennett. Three women who married into America's royal family and became forever linked in legend. Set against the panorama of explosive American history, this unique story offers a rarely-seen look at the relationship shared among the three women -- during the Camelot years and beyond. Whether dealing with their husbands' blatant infidelities, stumping for their many political campaigns, touring the world to promote their family's legacy, raising their children, or confronting death, the Kennedy wives did it all with grace, style and dignity.
 

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Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite
Randy Taraborrelli's extensively researched information about the three major Kennedy women, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Ethel Skakel Kennedy, and Joan
Bennett Kennedy, will fascinate the audio listener. First, in those long ago years of the 1950's, Ethel married Robert Kennedy, then Jacqueline married John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and then, lastly, Joan married Edward "Ted" Kennedy and in their day and age, managed well their husbands' notorious behavior and put up a calm front when they three would probably have rather left their marriages forever. Author Taraborrelli tells their story through recalled conversations and reader Beth Fowler's interpretation of Ethel's forthright language, Jackie's breathy and intelligent responses, and Joan's honesty about her tumultuous years with Ted Kennedy and his plane crash. The presentation of the horrors of Chappequidic Island is excellent. Jackie's recollection of JFK's assassination and how she had to deal with his gruesome death will bring the listener back to the awfulness of that day. Joan's decent into alcoholism as she suffered miscarriages while enduring Ted's not always above-board behavior will have the reader understand deeply why her life took such turns. Ethel's strong, "gang is all here" attitude got her through the horrors of losing both her husband and her famous brother-in-law and will have the listeners shaking their heads in wonder at her strength. Jackie, Ethel and Joan were three different women but they kept strong ties with each other as they lived through the tumultuous 1960's.
"Jackie, Ethel, Joan" is a 5 volume CD set that readers will want to hear as it tells of the characters of three women who married into the Kennedy clan as it was on the ascendent. Beth Fowler does a highly credible job of reading it and that is saying a lot as Taraborrelli's style is to use conversation, both written and recalled. The chapters of this book follow each other nicely, sometimes going back into prior years to make a point. "Jackie, Ethel, Joan" is a welcome addition to the many books written about the Kennedys as it covers the personal, private lives of three women who stood by their men no matter what.
 

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For someone born just after Kennedy was elected this was eye opening in terms of the limited choices even wealthy, well educated women had this late after WW2. I'm not a celebrity follower, yet I ... Read full review

Contents

Long Live the Queen
1
and the Secret Service
15
The Five Inaugural Balls
30
Not One to Feel Sorry for Herself
46
Jack Proposes Marriage
61
Sisterly Advice
76
Part Tuo
93
Joans Social Impasse
106
Aftermath
248
Lyndon Johnson Using Jackie
261
Jackie and BrandoThe Rumors
277
Jackie on the Anniversary of November 22 1963
292
Part Nine
309
The Appeal to Jackie
322
The Hand of a Dead Man
337
Bobbys Funeral
347

A Tour of the White House
111
Part Three
125
At Horizon House
138
The Fourth of July in Hyannis Port 1962
145
Part Four
163
JoanThe Senators Wife
182
Lee Radziwill Invites JackieinMourning
198
Part
213
The Presidents Been Shot
220
Tea with Lady Bird
234
Part
363
Ethel Pushes Jackie Too Far
373
All You Care about Is How It Looks?
389
Joan Loses the Baby
403
Ted Hurts Joan Again
417
Creating the Illusion of a Marriage
431
Not Meant to Be
444
Acknowledgments and Source Notes
465
Index
515
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J. Randy Taraborrelli is is known for capturing and penning the untold stories of icons such as the Hiltons, Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Diana Ross and the Kennedys. A respected journalist, he is recognizable entertainment personality, and in-demand guest on programs, including Today, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Entertainment Tonight, and CNN Headline News. He is the bestselling author of 14 books.

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