Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis

  • by Barbara Leaming
  • Narrated by Eliza Foss
  • 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 31-year struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following 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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Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis

An extremely incisive book on the life of Jacqueline Kennedy after the Presidents assassination. Thoroughly recommended.
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- gmb

Absolutely brilliant

Who knew that Jackie Kennedy suffered the rest of her life of Extreme PTSD after the assassination of her husband President JFKennedy? Not me, so this well written book is very interesting and revealing.
Jackie unaware of her condition suffered terribly during her life because little was known or understood about PTSD in the 60s.
At last-minute book that does her justice and credit for a much maligned and misunderstood life..
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- Frankimunk

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-10-2014
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio