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These Few Precious Days: The Final Year of Jack with Jackie | [Christopher Andersen]

These Few Precious Days: The Final Year of Jack with Jackie

They were the original power couple - outlandishly rich, impossibly attractive, and endlessly fascinating. Now, in this rare, behind-the-scenes portrait of the Kennedys in their final year together, NewYork Times best-selling biographer Christopher Andersen shows us a side of JFK and Jackie we’ve never seen before. Tender, intimate, complex, and, at times, explosive, theirs is a love story unlike any other - filled with secrets, scandals, and bombshells that could never be fully revealed…until now.
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Publisher's Summary

They were the original power couple - outlandishly rich, impossibly attractive, and endlessly fascinating. Now, in this rare, behind-the-scenes portrait of the Kennedys in their final year together, NewYork Times best-selling biographer Christopher Andersen shows us a side of JFK and Jackie we’ve never seen before. Tender, intimate, complex, and, at times, explosive, theirs is a love story unlike any other - filled with secrets, scandals, and bombshells that could never be fully revealed…until now.

Andersen reveals stunning new details about the Kennedys’ rumored affairs - hers as well as his - and how they ultimately overcame all odds to save their marriage; the president’s many premonitions of his own death and how he repeatedly tried to pull out of his last fateful trip to Dallas; shocking revelations about how the couple, unaware of the dangers, became dependent on amphetamine injections, the real reason - according to his longtime personal physician - for JFK’s notorious libido, how the tragic death of their infant son Patrick led to an emotional outpouring from the president that surprised even their closest friends - and brought JFK and Jackie closer than they had ever been, and touching firsthand accounts of the family’s most private moments, before and after the assassination.

Drawing on hundreds of interviews conducted with the Kennedys’ inner circle - from family members and lifelong friends to key advisers and political confidants - Andersen takes us deeper inside the world of the president and his first lady than ever before. Unsparing yet sympathetic, bigger than life but all too real, These Few Precious Days captures the ups and downs of a marriage, a man, and a woman, the memories of which will continue to fascinate and inspire for generations to come.

©2013 Christopher Andersen (P)2013 Blackstone Audio

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    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 08-09-13
    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2014

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    "The SECRETS of Camelot~ Kennedy bios~ 5 STAR"

    PLOT: New Bio of the last years of the Kennedy Family in the White House~ VERY GOOD~

    SECRETS of Camelot: the beautiful Kennedy Family ...with two adorable children. This new bio is very well researched. The hidden side of the beautiful Kennedy Family have a few new shadows show up. This shows a new "side to Jackie" from her very protective side to her children to her PUTTING up with the philandering husband the President of the USA Jack. JFK is also is portrayed as an over sexed USER of women. "he learned" at the knees of the Master (Joe Kennedy) his cheating father according to this bio. This is a very good book and audiobook. it moves along very well and captures your attention from the first. The reader has a very nice voice and inflection. I really liked it and found new info on the Kennedys. I have listened to several other Kennedy Bios and liked this better than the rest. the "Dr. Feelgood" INFO is very detailed and how both the Kennedys but especially JFK used amphetamines and steroids and pain killers "to boost their energy" from the demands of the White House. I give this 5 out of 5 for the new look inside the glamorous Kennedy White House that is revealing and interesting. GOOD book.

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    Elizabeth San Rafael, CA, United States 08-07-13
    Elizabeth San Rafael, CA, United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2004

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    What did you love best about These Few Precious Days?

    I could stop listening to this book. It provided a unique and fascinating perspective on this legendary couple, but simultaneously humanized them in a way that I have not experienced in any other books on this topic. They are portrayed as two beautiful, intelligent, and flawed individuals navigating both personal and historical highs and lows. It was incredibly interesting, beautiful, and tragic - just like "September Song" the poignant song which gives the book its title.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of These Few Precious Days?

    Of course there were many memorable excerpts, but the part that spoke the most to me was how the tragic loss of their newborn, Patrick, brought them closer than ever in the months before the assassination.


    What does Robertson Dean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Robertson Dean was the perfect narrator for this book, in my opinion. It required his unque combination of sensitivity and gravitas.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It was all very moving.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book even though it was so heartbreaking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kat Rock Island, IL, United States 11-16-13
    Kat Rock Island, IL, United States 11-16-13

    Wife, mother and grams who loves scuba diving, traveling, hiking and reading but most of all my two grandsons.

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    "Timely and accurate account of their final days"
    Would you consider the audio edition of These Few Precious Days to be better than the print version?

    I have an hour commute and love to listen to quality literature.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Jackie's quote, "And now he is a legend when he would have rather been a man."


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book because I lived through all of these events.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Silver Spring, MD, United States 09-02-13
    Michael Silver Spring, MD, United States 09-02-13 Member Since 2009
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    Would you consider the audio edition of These Few Precious Days to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print edition.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of These Few Precious Days?

    The book has a number of highlights as Andersen digs deeply into the personal and political team that was Jack and Jackie Kennedy. It is full of telling insights and fascinating anecdotes. As a history of a marriage and a family, it offers the reader little in way of the nation's larger events of the time--Vietnam, the civil rights movement, Cuba, and other contemporary issues. It delves into the president's sexual exploits in frank detail and reveals new information on Jackie's feelings about her husband and his many infidelities, seemingly carefully researched and sourced (I could not refer to a bibliography of notes, naturally).


    Have you listened to any of Robertson Dean’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Dean is always excellent. I look forward to his readings. "Masters of the Air" was especially fine.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I listened on a business trip at every break in my work.


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    Cee Cee Newton, MA 08-22-13
    Cee Cee Newton, MA 08-22-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Boring..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The entire book was about all of JFK's many women and how Jackie handled it. How many women can you name in one book. Maybe it was a gossip book for those who knew those people but boring to the rest of us.


    What could Christopher Andersen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It needed something, but not sure what.


    Have you listened to any of Robertson Dean’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but the performance was fine.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, boredom


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    jestans Chicago, Illinois 08-18-13
    jestans Chicago, Illinois 08-18-13 Member Since 2012

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    The Kennedys are always interesting and fascinating, and I seem to enjoy listening to the same stories over and over. While there are some new details here, there are not massive revelations. The narrator is fine, but his attempts at a "breathy" voice for Jackie Kennedy are a bit comical. This was a fun read, but it was fluff - fun fluff, but fluff.

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