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- Verlag: Brilliance Corp; Auflage: MP3 Abr (5. November 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1469245264
- ISBN-13: 978-1469245263
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,3 x 1,3 x 17,1 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.672.983 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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America's Queen: The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (Englisch) MP3 CD – Audiobook, 5. November 2013
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Fresh from her well-received life of Queen Elizabeth II, the English historian and biographer Sarah Bradford turns her hand to America's own answer to royalty, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Painstakingly detailed, impressively fair, the result is the most definitive account yet of a woman who captured the imagination of the American public like no First Lady before or after her. Bradford seems to have interviewed almost everyone who had ever been intimate with Onassis, including George Plimpton, Gore Vidal, Joan Kennedy, and even a few ex-lovers. Most notably of all, Jackie's sister Lee Radziwill speaks with unexpected frankness about the mixture of rivalry and affection that marked their relationship since childhood. Jackie-lovers, take note: this is no hagiography, and its subject certainly comes off as no saint. As gracious as this American icon could be, she also had moments of coldness and even greed, including a particularly shocking moment by the bedside of Ari Onassis's dying son. Yet, in the end, non-airbrushed anecdotes like these only serve to make this most private of public figures even more fascinating. Jackie was, as Bradford writes, "a complex woman of many facets, concealed insecurities and intricate defense mechanisms, a strong urge toward the limelight contrasting with a desire for privacy and concealment.... Behind the mask of beauty and fame lay a shrewd mind, a ruthless judgment of people, antennae finely turned to any sign of pretentiousness or pomposity, and a wry, even raunchy sense of humor." The figure who emerges from subsequent pages is as compelling as the heroine of any novel, and it is to Bradford's credit that she doesn't seem to have fallen completely under her subject's spell. Her approach is sympathetic, but never fawning; candid, but never sensationalistic. For those who are curious not about Jackie's glamour but about its source, America's Queen offers an unprecedented look at the flesh-and-blood woman behind the Camelot myth. --Carlotta DeWitt -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
"Some of the most personally knowledgeable observations about [Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis] that have ever been put into print." —The Boston Globe
"Compulsively readable" The Washington Post-- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch. Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Yes, I could go on and on....but I won't. Suffice to say, I enjoyed this book very, very much and highly recommend it to those who are interested in Jackie's life.
Although, Ms. Bradford is not the only author who has played up Diana's "faults", I was a little disappointed to find that while Jackie shared many of Diana's dirty little personality traits -- compartmentalizing people, freezing people out over assumed betrayals, scheming for favorable photo sessions, encouraging good press coverage, etc., the author opted to pass over Jackie's such actions. Diana's faults were bad while Jackie's identical behavior was presented as acceptable. In other words nothing can topple Jackie from her icon status but Diana can topple. The only difference is that Jackie's husband and in-laws were not in a public-relations war and encouraging bad press.
Apart from this obvious bias, the author does a good job of conveying the story of Jackie's life. One complaint: I would have liked more details about the food served during the White House years. Jackie preferred French cooking but most of the time we only read that the food the WH guests dined on was delicious.
Overall, I found this book to be enjoyable reading.
That being said, one of those who spoke quite graciously of Jackie, but probably wished she hadn't upon reading the subsequent book, is Mrs. Onassis's sister, poor Lee Radziwill, whom the author has not only not one good thing to say about but seems to have a real ax to grind against. While it's true that Lee has come off rather poorly in a number of different books (some written by those who would know), unless she boiled Bradford' s cherished pet rabbit in oil, I've seen members of the SS portrayed with more sensitivity in print than the way Princess Radziwill is here.
It's off putting enough that, combined with the fact that not unlike too many other biographies this one delves far too shallowly into the latter part of Mrs. Onassis' s life, a book that might've otherwise garnered 4 or 5 stars only gets 3 stars from me. I get no kicks out of unkindness, even to those who seemingly "deserve" it. Save your money and get "Grace and Power" by Sally Bedell Smith instead - you'll get almost as much good information focused in much the same time period as this one without feeling like you had to pay to trample over anyone to get it.
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