– By Barbara Leaming –
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.
EVEN THOUGH PEOPLE MAY BE WELL KNOWN, THEY HOLD IN THEIR HEARTS THE EMOTIONS OF A SIMPLE PERSON FOR THE MOMENTS THAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT OF THOSE WE KNOW ON EARTH: BIRTH, MARRIAGE, AND DEATH.
– Jackie Kennedy –
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JACKIE KENNEDY(1929 – 1994)
Jacqueline Lee “Jackie” Kennedy Onassis was the wife of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and First Lady of the US during his presidency from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. Her famous ensemble of pink Chanel suit and matching pillbox hat has become symbolic of her husband’s assassination and one of the lasting images of the 1960s.
Jackie Kennedy was a fashion icon, renowned for her style, elegance, and grace. Throughout her life, she contributed to the arts and preserved the historic architecture.
For the final two decades of her life, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis had a career as a book editor.