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As her own words prove well, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis could be at times funny, buoyant, candid, irreverent, and of course poignant, too. This collection of quotes shares her thoughts on marriage, family, political life and ambition, publicity, privacy, and more as she confided them to intimate friends, family, and interviewers alike. Memories of her childhood, her love fo As her own words prove well, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis could be at times funny, buoyant, candid, irreverent, and of course poignant, too. This collection of quotes shares her thoughts on marriage, family, political life and ambition, publicity, privacy, and more as she confided them to intimate friends, family, and interviewers alike. Memories of her childhood, her love for Jack, her children and grandchildren, the Kennedys, her often misunderstood marriage to Aristotle Onassis, her years as a widow, and her later companionship with Maurice Tempelsman are all represented here, as are some rather remarkable correspondences with the Johnsons, the Nixons, and the Khrushchevs. A sampling of her wit and wisdom: "I was a tomboy. I decided to learn to dance and I became feminine." "Well, I think my biggest achievement is that, after going through a rather difficult time, I consider myself comparatively sane." "When Harvard men say they have graduated from Radcliffe, then we've made it." "If Jack proved to be the greatest president of the century and his children turned out badly, it would be a tragedy." Forty years ago, when the nation was coming out from under a period of mourning, Bill Adler edited The Kennedy Wit and in so doing helped the world remember a man and a president, not just a sorrowful event. To commemorate the tenth anniversary of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's death, he has edited yet another book of quotes celebrating life -- this time the life of Jackie. The accompanying DVD documentary is considered by many to be the definitive film biography of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and was produced by CBS News Productions for Arts & Entertainment Network.


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As her own words prove well, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis could be at times funny, buoyant, candid, irreverent, and of course poignant, too. This collection of quotes shares her thoughts on marriage, family, political life and ambition, publicity, privacy, and more as she confided them to intimate friends, family, and interviewers alike. Memories of her childhood, her love fo As her own words prove well, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis could be at times funny, buoyant, candid, irreverent, and of course poignant, too. This collection of quotes shares her thoughts on marriage, family, political life and ambition, publicity, privacy, and more as she confided them to intimate friends, family, and interviewers alike. Memories of her childhood, her love for Jack, her children and grandchildren, the Kennedys, her often misunderstood marriage to Aristotle Onassis, her years as a widow, and her later companionship with Maurice Tempelsman are all represented here, as are some rather remarkable correspondences with the Johnsons, the Nixons, and the Khrushchevs. A sampling of her wit and wisdom: "I was a tomboy. I decided to learn to dance and I became feminine." "Well, I think my biggest achievement is that, after going through a rather difficult time, I consider myself comparatively sane." "When Harvard men say they have graduated from Radcliffe, then we've made it." "If Jack proved to be the greatest president of the century and his children turned out badly, it would be a tragedy." Forty years ago, when the nation was coming out from under a period of mourning, Bill Adler edited The Kennedy Wit and in so doing helped the world remember a man and a president, not just a sorrowful event. To commemorate the tenth anniversary of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's death, he has edited yet another book of quotes celebrating life -- this time the life of Jackie. The accompanying DVD documentary is considered by many to be the definitive film biography of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and was produced by CBS News Productions for Arts & Entertainment Network.

30 review for The Eloquent Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: A Portrait in Her Own Words (With a One-Hour DVD Insert from A Biography)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Lemme be honest: I thought I knew a decent amount about Jackie O., but the truth is, I just knew a lot OF her. This is an incredibly simple format for a book: A wealth of quotations in the order of her life events. What I took from her is that, basically, her picture should be next to the word "cultured" in the dictionary, and she kicks ass. Oh, well, I already knew that - sort of. Anyway, it's a good start or a great supplement to her history.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    With so much written about the famous Jackie-o, it was fun to read some statements that "she" actually said. The book was a fun, light read. No great secrets are revealed in these pages, but still worth the time to read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nada

    If I liked anything about Jacqueline is her uncanny ability to be unapologetically herself.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Birgit

    This was one of the worst books I have read so far. It is uninspired and boring. There is no story, it is just a bunch of quotes without a lot of context. I kept reading, waiting for it to get more interesting, but no luck. It was a snooze to the very end and gave me the impression that Jacky was only interested in herself and her outfits. Her quotes do not fit with the image of her as described by the author. That was my first and last Bill Adler book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ei Thant

    I loved this book. It feels personal to follow her life story through her own words. I regret that I read a Kindle version instead of a physical copy because I missed those historic photographs that Bill Adler included in his book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Klavdiya Fokina

    Memories of the ex-first lady of America and ex-wife of the richest person in Europe. Not about beautiful picture that everyone saw, but rather the complex and hard reality she met with.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alan Kelly

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Learn of the multiplicity within one person, who is the subject. Mostly short personal quotes in historical and biographical context. Easy to peruse. Toward the book’s end, poignant and powerful insights into this Twentieth Century woman’s life. This might be as accurate and full public portrait anyone will ever see of Jackie. I’m grateful to have... 1) learned how to read, 2) found and 3) completed it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This is a collection of quotes by the former First Lady, as well as excerpts from some of the many other books written about her over the years. The book also includes a DVD of the Biography Channel portrait of Mrs. Onassis. Since I have read extensively about Mrs. Onassis, there were few quotes here that I had not seen elsewhere, but for someone new to reading about her, this, along with the DVD, would be a good place to start. **#64 of 100 books pledged to read/review during 2015**

  9. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    A little book sale book I almost didn’t buy. Happy I did. I read others comments on this book and need to agree with them. I’ve read quite a bit about this fascinating woman and found this book to reveal a bit more about her. She was first class all the way. She was so perfectly mannered & dignified and always had the most gracious, elegant way with words. To be constantly in the public eye and always exceptionally composed. No wonder people can’t get enough of the woman. A little book sale book I almost didn’t buy. Happy I did. I read others comments on this book and need to agree with them. I’ve read quite a bit about this fascinating woman and found this book to reveal a bit more about her. She was first class all the way. She was so perfectly mannered & dignified and always had the most gracious, elegant way with words. To be constantly in the public eye and always exceptionally composed. No wonder people can’t get enough of the woman.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alannah Davis

    Very interesting and revealing to see the words actually uttered by someone who is as close to American royalty as one can get. From all these words, I sense a highly intelligent yet unhappy, repressed woman, and I can't help but wonder how her perspective would be different had she been born twenty or thirty years later.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    I just love Jacqueline Kennedy - she's like the American equivalent of Princess Dianna. This book was a fun read - just a lot of her own quotes grouped together into categories. It gave me another small glimpse into her life.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    Jacqueline was the kind of woman I admire, because of her personality and how she lived her life. This book is a perfect one to read if you just can't stand biography...you get to know someone more by reading her/his words, this just suits me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Interesting to read how Mrs. Onassis looked at her life.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lori Walsh

    I loved it

  15. 5 out of 5

    Eliza

    Not the best biography (after all its only quotes) but not a bad read, and not a bad place to start for those interested.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    I must say, I enjoyed the documentary more than the book. That being said, Jackie was a gifted writer. I love to read her writing because she was so inquisitive and assertive- very entertaining.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shirley

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jean

  19. 5 out of 5

    Claire

  20. 4 out of 5

    Terri

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jackie*

  22. 4 out of 5

    Donna

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lora Ueland

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ginny

  25. 4 out of 5

    Minah

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marie

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marie Jatsko

  28. 4 out of 5

    joe gluvna

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bobbie J. Bayes

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