Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books

Author(s): William Kuhn


Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis never wrote a memoir, but she told her life story and revealed herself in intimate ways through the nearly 100 books she brought into print as an editor at Viking and Doubleday during the last two decades of her life. Many Americans regarded Jackie as the paragon of grace, but few knew her as the woman sitting on her office floor laying out illustrations, or flying to California to persuade Michael Jackson to write his autobiography. William Kuhn provides a behind-the-scenes look at Jackie at work: commissioning books and nurturing authors, helping to shape stories that spoke to her. Based on archives and interviews with her authors, colleagues, and friends, "Reading Jackie" reveals the serious and the mischievous woman underneath the glamorous public image.

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"A fascinating window into an aspect of Jackie Kennedy Onassis that few of us know." - "USA Today" "Sheds new light on the part of Jackie's life that she most clearly chose for herself. . . . An essential chapter in a remarkable life. . . . What's clear from ["Reading Jackie"] is that Jackie was a remarkably perceptive and sensitive editor with a regard for writing and a sense of what makes writing good--far more than just a socialite in an office with a drop-dead Rolodex." - "Los Angeles Times" "This book shows Jackie not as a First Lady or fashion icon, but as an intellectual, well-read woman." - "New York Daily News" "Jackie O loved powerful men, but her passion was for writers. . . . [Kuhn] reveals some fascinating facts about the literary Jackie." - "O, The Oprah Magazine"

WILLIAM KUHN is a biographer and historian. He is the author of three previous books, including, most recently, a controversial biography, The Politics of Pleasure: A Portrait of Benjamin Disraeli. His Henry and Mary Ponsonby: Life at the Court of Queen Victoria was a BBC Radio Four Book of the Week read by actor Geoffrey

General Fields

  • : 9780307744654
  • : Anchor Books
  • : Random House USA Inc
  • : 0.368
  • : October 2011
  • : 203mm X 132mm
  • : United States
  • : November 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : William Kuhn
  • : Paperback
  • : en
  • : 070.5092
  • : 384
  • : 16 PP Black and White Photos in Text