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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 m 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 and previously sealed archival material, No. 1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Christopher Andersen examines their unique partnership and the courage, grace, and humor that defined it. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with Kennedy intimates--many speaking here for the first time--Andersen delivers an important work packed with startling revelations and penetrating insights into the secrets and events that shaped America's ultimate power couple, including: *Never-before-known details of their courtship, and the other man Jackie almost married *The world-famous women whose romances with JFK have previously been unreported,including Audrey Hepburn *Their concerns about infertility, and Jackie's troubled pregnancies; the way Caroline and John Jr. transformed their lives--and the story of how the death of their infant son Patrick brought them closer together than ever before *Moving first-hand accounts of the family's most private moments, before and after 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--an American love story. "The most worth reading of the recent Jackie books."--The New York Times Book Review "Heartbreaking…First rate…A great American love story. This may be the best Kennedy book ever--meticulously researched, elegantly written, a biography worthy of its brilliant subjects." --USA Today "Swift and astounding reading." Time Magazine "Andersen tells us not only about the hero and heroine we created, but about ourselves." Newsday


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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 m 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 and previously sealed archival material, No. 1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Christopher Andersen examines their unique partnership and the courage, grace, and humor that defined it. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with Kennedy intimates--many speaking here for the first time--Andersen delivers an important work packed with startling revelations and penetrating insights into the secrets and events that shaped America's ultimate power couple, including: *Never-before-known details of their courtship, and the other man Jackie almost married *The world-famous women whose romances with JFK have previously been unreported,including Audrey Hepburn *Their concerns about infertility, and Jackie's troubled pregnancies; the way Caroline and John Jr. transformed their lives--and the story of how the death of their infant son Patrick brought them closer together than ever before *Moving first-hand accounts of the family's most private moments, before and after 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--an American love story. "The most worth reading of the recent Jackie books."--The New York Times Book Review "Heartbreaking…First rate…A great American love story. This may be the best Kennedy book ever--meticulously researched, elegantly written, a biography worthy of its brilliant subjects." --USA Today "Swift and astounding reading." Time Magazine "Andersen tells us not only about the hero and heroine we created, but about ourselves." Newsday

30 review for Jack and Jackie: Portrait of an American Marriage

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mary Eve

    The Kennedy's Jack and Jackie. Who can think of one without giving thought to the other? They were the perfect pair, but they weren't without their faults. Christopher Andersen examines the political marriage of the Kennedy dynasty to the blue blooded Bouviers. We glimpse into the private lives of two complicated, determined individuals. Through Andersen, we eavesdrop on conversations with former White House staff, mutual friends, lovers, and an assortment of Auchincloss step siblings. Touching o The Kennedy's Jack and Jackie. Who can think of one without giving thought to the other? They were the perfect pair, but they weren't without their faults. Christopher Andersen examines the political marriage of the Kennedy dynasty to the blue blooded Bouviers. We glimpse into the private lives of two complicated, determined individuals. Through Andersen, we eavesdrop on conversations with former White House staff, mutual friends, lovers, and an assortment of Auchincloss step siblings. Touching on a little bit of everything: childhood to that final tragic day. I didn't gain new insight, not much anyway, but I did get a better understanding of why these two appeared so cool and aloof. And damaged. Doesn't seem like they got much love or affection as children. Andersen portrays Rose Kennedy and Janet Bouvier-Auchincloss as emotionally unavailable. These women ruled with an iron fist when they bothered to mother. As for their fathers...Joe Kennedy and Black Jack Bouvier treated women like possessions. Is it any wonder that Jack regarded women as objects of sex? One of the President's favorite sayings was "Wam Bam. Thank you, ma'am." Not surprisingly, the young President was a chronic sufferer of venereal disease. I've a sneaking suspicion that dear John would be facing a few sexual harassment charges if his Presidency occurred in the here and now. Don't feel sorry for Jackie though. Like her mother-in-law, Mrs. John Kennedy chose to look the other way when it came to her husband's habits. I admire her courage to keep her personal life private. While she may have been the picture of perfection, Jackie was anything but. However, husband and wife were devoted parents. Jack and Jackie cherished Caroline and John Jr. The Kennedy's love for their little ones was endearing. Who doesn't tear up at 'the most famous salute in the world'? For all their flaws, Jack and Jackie created two well rounded children. John and Caroline remain their greatest accomplishment. It's rather sad that Jack and Jackie's union is now overshadowed by so much infidelity. Did they love one another? Andersen sure makes you think they did. FYI: Kindle edition does provide pictures. * I won an ARC courtesy of the Goodreads giveaway. Many thanks to Goodreads and Andersen Productions.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. While I found it interesting, I constantly questioned the authenticity of the book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Koch Gonzalez

    What an excellent read. Before starting this book, the only think I knew about the Kennedy family was that JFK was assassinated in Dallas, TX. I picked it up because I want to be more learned by reading more nonfiction. This one sounded interesting, and I was correct. It is well written and moving. Andersen does an excellent job telling facts like he's telling a story, making the book feel like a fiction piece. And I learned quite a bit. Andersen moves along the lives of Jack and Jackie, beginnin What an excellent read. Before starting this book, the only think I knew about the Kennedy family was that JFK was assassinated in Dallas, TX. I picked it up because I want to be more learned by reading more nonfiction. This one sounded interesting, and I was correct. It is well written and moving. Andersen does an excellent job telling facts like he's telling a story, making the book feel like a fiction piece. And I learned quite a bit. Andersen moves along the lives of Jack and Jackie, beginning with birth and ending with death. He describes events as if he was there, drawing the reader in and helping us to feel present as well. I wish he had included more pictures because several times I had to put the book down and look up a picture that he was describing or a moment he shared. I know, however, that space is limited and he had to pick just a few pictures. The book has definitely changed my idea of JFK. I always thought since he was president and was killed that he was an exceptionally good person, flawless and perfect. I know better, especially now. He was flawed, he made many mistakes, and he was a very selfish person. But so was Jackie. To see their relationship this way, to travel along their marriage as they did, shocked and enlightened me. I'm very glad I chose to read this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    I've been totally amazed and absolutely godsmacked at the immoral behavior of not only Jack Kennedy but his father AND Jackie's father. If this is the kind of behavior our politicians and people of power have been wielding for centuries it's no wonder our nation's leaders are as corrupt as they are. You can't be doing admirable things when your moral compass is off between the sheets with the masses. I've been totally amazed and absolutely godsmacked at the immoral behavior of not only Jack Kennedy but his father AND Jackie's father. If this is the kind of behavior our politicians and people of power have been wielding for centuries it's no wonder our nation's leaders are as corrupt as they are. You can't be doing admirable things when your moral compass is off between the sheets with the masses.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    This was a 3.5 star read. It was a very personal and intimate insight to one of the most famous couples of the 20th century. It was also quite confronting as to JFK's extensive womanising and also his very serious health issues. In spite of all his infidelities and all the other pressures faced by Jack and Jackie, especially their family tragedies, there was a genuine love and respect there. So in answer to my friend Kathryn's question...yes it was a kind of romance too. This was a 3.5 star read. It was a very personal and intimate insight to one of the most famous couples of the 20th century. It was also quite confronting as to JFK's extensive womanising and also his very serious health issues. In spite of all his infidelities and all the other pressures faced by Jack and Jackie, especially their family tragedies, there was a genuine love and respect there. So in answer to my friend Kathryn's question...yes it was a kind of romance too.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline Kuntz

    I remember my mom reading this book in the 90s, presumably when it came out. Being named Jacqueline and born in New England, I always had an interest in the Kennedys and was excited to finally tackle this book. Disappointed. At times hard to follow the erratic timelines, and read more like an Us Weekly expose than anything else. I guess I should have dug a little more into the book before I got into it!

  7. 4 out of 5

    DEBORAH G

    My qualifications regarding the review of this particular book is that I have read over 10 books that are about Jackie Kennedy Onassis alone, or in combination with the Kennedy/Bouvier family. This book is very well done. I was surprised to read details that I had not previously read or known. The researh was well done and I found it interesting and an easy pleasure to read. The writer liked Jack and Jackie, some of the books previously written were not so sympathetic or kind.

  8. 4 out of 5

    maria vanderroer

    . I have never quite read a book about leaders and people of influence who were so selfish and insecure that they portray themselves as being super humans. The lavish lifestyle , infidelities and drug abuse to enhance their way to cope when leading a nation is just pathetic. Remember Vietnam and where it originated from.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Vicki Quayle

    Thoroughly surprising I must have come late to this party because there were so many things about Jack and Jackie I found completely surprising. I was only 11 that November day when we were sent home early from school, but our television was on for the next 5 days nonstop. See? We all recall where we were when we heard JFK was assassinated . .

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Sodaro

    Anderson always writes with skill and warmth Mr. Anderson continue to provide insightful and balanced writing about these very important and very human historical icons and also offers something new in every book even when we thought that we knew every thing about them. His interviews with so many key people show that he is trusted and that is a special gift.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Linda Reinhart

    3+ stars: In depth look into each of their (Jack's and Jackie's) lives and those of some family members. There was so much information of which I wasn't aware before reading this book. An interesting biography. 3+ stars: In depth look into each of their (Jack's and Jackie's) lives and those of some family members. There was so much information of which I wasn't aware before reading this book. An interesting biography.

  12. 5 out of 5

    F. Denise

    Ok, it was a good book and a few things that I hadn’t heard before. Their still born daughter was named Arabella. There’s was not a American Marriage, I know of no other couple who had a marriage like this except for the other Kennedy’s.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    Loved this! Will always remember them....

  14. 4 out of 5

    Korie Brown

    All the dirt that’s not fit to print. Not my kind of read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anna Holmes

    Great book on JFK and Jackie.

  16. 5 out of 5

    mary

    Very well written and researched.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Run of the mill recap of the lives of these two.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Faith Stacy

    Well written. Love jfk & Jackie!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carol Lynn Scherling

    This book not only covers their marriage, but how Jack and Jackie met. Although they were the King and Queen of Camelot, they still had ordinary issues.What made me smile is JFK getting angry with Jackie for spending too much money.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jan Talkington

    I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. An interesting look into the life of the Kennedy's. There were no new revelations for me, but interesting the way it was all laid out. I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. An interesting look into the life of the Kennedy's. There were no new revelations for me, but interesting the way it was all laid out.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    Jack and Jackie: Portrait of an American Marriage is a book about the Kennedy marriage. It is a long read, but if you are fascinated by history or the Kennedys, it is a wonderful read. Andersen goes into great depth in telling the story of this incredible couple, but he does not glorify them. The book gives an honest portrayal of Jack and Jackie. Although I knew how the marriage would end (in JFK's assassination), I found myself wanting it to end differently and tremendously sad when JFK died. T Jack and Jackie: Portrait of an American Marriage is a book about the Kennedy marriage. It is a long read, but if you are fascinated by history or the Kennedys, it is a wonderful read. Andersen goes into great depth in telling the story of this incredible couple, but he does not glorify them. The book gives an honest portrayal of Jack and Jackie. Although I knew how the marriage would end (in JFK's assassination), I found myself wanting it to end differently and tremendously sad when JFK died. The book revealed many of the faults of Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy, but this only made them more relateable. I came to understand them better, and therefore, I liked them more.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rosa Davis

    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. This review is formed from my own opinions. I enjoyed getting to know both Jack and especially Jackie more in depth. I did not like how some parts seemed to ramble on especially towards the end. There was some information that could've been omitted it seemed irrelevant to the book. There was other parts I wish the author had expanded on. I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. This review is formed from my own opinions. I enjoyed getting to know both Jack and especially Jackie more in depth. I did not like how some parts seemed to ramble on especially towards the end. There was some information that could've been omitted it seemed irrelevant to the book. There was other parts I wish the author had expanded on.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Keats

    Honestly, I had no idea how much I'd enjoy this book. It is well written, and we are taken into the secret, personal lives of Jack Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier. I could not rave about this enough. A must read! Honestly, I had no idea how much I'd enjoy this book. It is well written, and we are taken into the secret, personal lives of Jack Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier. I could not rave about this enough. A must read!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    This was an amazing story of the lives of Jackie and John Kennedy. I enjoyed how the book contains pictures of events mentioned throughout the book. I never realized the unfortunate events the Kenndys experienced. Overall I thought this was a great book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    About 3 stars - it was fascinating to read about their background and how they came together, personally and what they accomplished. I really enjoyed reading about Jackie's family history. The pictures are a good touch, too About 3 stars - it was fascinating to read about their background and how they came together, personally and what they accomplished. I really enjoyed reading about Jackie's family history. The pictures are a good touch, too

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bobbiann Markle

    Very interesting account—I actually cried when it came to the assassination and subsequent events—but there is so much dirt in it. Perhaps it can't be helped, but I can't recommend it because of that. Very interesting account—I actually cried when it came to the assassination and subsequent events—but there is so much dirt in it. Perhaps it can't be helped, but I can't recommend it because of that.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Burns

    Good read, but some errors. At the 44% unfinished sentence at the next to the last paragraph, 56%, 65% word c rest of the word and 67%. Liked the pictures included also. This was a Kindle read. Story of the two of them.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Denise Lopez

    Jackie is a real lady and deserving to be an icon in whatever nationality...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Really liked it actually. Drew a balanced picture of the Jack and Jackie Kennedy relationship yet told me things I didn't know yet. Really liked it actually. Drew a balanced picture of the Jack and Jackie Kennedy relationship yet told me things I didn't know yet.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    very intriguing...also very sad, but so honest.

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