OVERRIDE

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis

The Untold Story

Barbara Leaming

Thomas Dunne Books

The untold story of how one woman’s life was changed forever in a matter of seconds by a horrific trauma.

Barbara Leaming’s extraordinary and deeply sensitive biography is the first book to document Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ brutal, lonely and valiant thirty-one year struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that followed JFK’s assassination.

Here is the woman as she has never been seen before.  In heartrending detail, we witness a struggle that unfolded at times before our own eyes, but which we failed to understand.

Leaming’s biography also makes clear the pattern of Jackie’s life as a whole. We see how a spirited young woman’s rejection of a predictable life led her to John F. Kennedy and the White House, how she sought to reconcile the conflicts of her marriage and the role she was to play, and how the trauma of her husband’s murder which left her soaked in his blood and brains led her to seek a very different kind of life from the one she’d previously sought.

A life story that has been scrutinized countless times, seen here for the first time as the serious and important story that it is. A story for our times at a moment when we as a nation need more than ever to understand the impact of trauma.

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Praise for Barbara Leaming

“The depth and drama of her storytelling deserves especially high praise.” —The New York Times Book Review on Katharine Hepburn

“Leaming's narrative soars.... Masterful.” —Washington Post Book World on Jack Kennedy

“Engrossing...Restores Marilyn's humanity...A gripping and corrective book.” —The New York Times on Marilyn Monroe

"A fascinating work." —The New York Post on Mrs. Kennedy

"Bona fide new material ... meticulous research ... achingly moving." —The Washington Post on Mrs. Kennedy

"Leaming paints a moving portrait of Jackie as she tried valiantly to make her marriage work and find a place for herself and her gifts." —USA Today on Mrs. Kennedy

"It makes both Kennedys seem utterly human, flawed, and some of it will break your heart." —Liz Smith, New York Post on Mrs. Kennedy

"A fabulous success… the first book to plumb Jackie’s marital horrors in such heart-stopping detail." —The Philadelphia Inquirer on Mrs. Kennedy

"An absorbing and enjoyable book." —New York Times Book Review on Jack Kennedy

"History improves on itself! I never thought I'd want to read a book about JFK again.... reads like a high-society thriller." The New York Post on Jack Kennedy

"A fine biography of John F. Kennedy." —Jon Meacham on Jack Kennedy

"The great merit of Barbara Leaming’s new book is to demonstrate how dependent the young Kennedy became upon a charmed circle of British noblemen, and also how obsessed he became with the need to match himself with that greatest of Anglo-American aristocrats, Winston Churchill." —Christopher Hitchens on Jack Kennedy

"I am astounded at Barbara Leaming’s almost uncanny perception of the workings of his mind." —John Julius Norwich on Churchill Defiant

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Barbara Leaming

  • BARBARA LEAMING is the author of acclaimed biographies of Katharine Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, Orson Welles, and many others. Two of Leaming’s books have been New York Times bestsellers and three have been New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Her articles have appeared in many publications in the United States and Europe, including the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, and the Times of London.
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Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis

The Untold Story

Barbara Leaming

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