Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis

The Untold Story

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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.
Publisher: [United States]:, Macmillan Audio ,, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781427252333
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (13hr., 24 min.)) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Foss, Eliza - Narrator
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Apr 21, 2015

The author's thesis that Jackie Kennedy suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after her husband's assassination is the basis for the book. Leaming spent much of the book exploring the years 1963 through 1968 and barely skimmed the rest of Jackie's life. You learn a great deal about the 8 seconds in Dallas and not as much about Jackie's life after that event. The work felt very thin at times -- a long essay would have worked just as well.

JCLMartyJ Dec 08, 2014

Although many books have been written about “Jackie O”, the author claims that this book is “the untold story.” According to the author, Jackie suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of being witness to her husband’s assassination, “literally soaked in his blood and brains.” Jackie’s post-assassination actions and responses are re-examined and re-interpreted through the lens of a PTSD diagnosis. I grew up seeing stories and photos of this famous woman in newspapers and magazines. It was interesting to compare these individual articles and snapshots with the accounts that were woven into this full-length biography.

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