Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis

The Untold Story

Audiobook CD - 2014
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A book that explores the seemingly magical world of Jackie Onassis' youth, her fairy-tale marriage to a wealthy and handsome senator and presidential candidate and her astonishing transformation into a deft political wife and unique first lady also explores what the author asserts was Jackie's 31-year struggle with PTSD after the assassination of her husband, John F. Kennedy.
Publisher: New York, NY : Macmillan Audio, p2014
ISBN: 9781427252326
Branch Call Number: SCD B Onassis Leaming
Characteristics: 11 sound discs (13 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Foss, Eliza


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Apr 21, 2015

The author's thesis that Jackie Kennedy suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after her husband's assassination is the basis for the book. Leaming spent much of the book exploring the years 1963 through 1968 and barely skimmed the rest of Jackie's life. You learn a great deal about the 8 seconds in Dallas and not as much about Jackie's life after that event. The work felt very thin at times -- a long essay would have worked just as well.

JCLMartyJ Dec 08, 2014

Although many books have been written about “Jackie O”, the author claims that this book is “the untold story.” According to the author, Jackie suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of being witness to her husband’s assassination, “literally soaked in his blood and brains.” Jackie’s post-assassination actions and responses are re-examined and re-interpreted through the lens of a PTSD diagnosis. I grew up seeing stories and photos of this famous woman in newspapers and magazines. It was interesting to compare these individual articles and snapshots with the accounts that were woven into this full-length biography.


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