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Publisher's Summary

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis has captivated the American public for more than five decades. From her introduction to the world as "debutante of the year" in 1947 to her untimely death in 1994, she has truly remained America's answer to royalty.

In America's Queen, the acclaimed biographer of Queen Elizabeth and Princess Grace reveals the real Jackie in a sympathetic but frank portrait of an amazing woman who has dazzled us for years.

Using remarkable new sources - including in-depth interviews with Jackie's sister, Lee Radziwell - Sarah Bradford has written a timely celebration of a life that was more private than commonly supposed.

Jackie's privileged upbringing instilled rigid self-control, while her expedient marriage into the overwhelming Kennedy clan consolidated her determination. Revealing new testimony from many of the couple's friends shows the profound complexities both of this apparently very public relationship and of her controversial marriage to Aristotle Onassis.

Here is the private Jackie - neglected wife, vigilant mother, and working widow - whose contradictory and fascinating nature is illuminated by all that Bradford has discovered.

©2001 Sarah Bradford; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"An insightful book about a quintessentially American woman....Even after reading this intensive portrait, we remain insatiably curious about [her]. (Kirkus Reviews)
"Some of the most personally knowledgeable observations about [Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis] that have ever been put into print." (The Boston Globe)
"Compulsively readable." (The Washington Post)

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American Royalty

This is the most intimate biograghy, and perhaps the most accurate book of Jackie's entire life. It is the second best work ever published about our most beloved First Lady, the finest being Sally Bedell Smith's Grace And Power, which was written some time afterward. This recording of Bradford's biography was originally released on both cassette and CD audio in abridged form, as is this recording. I would have enjoyed this so much more if this audible reading had been unabridged as so many lengthy biographies are, because Sandra Burr's voice is execellent.

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phenomenal!

this was an awesome book. loved every second of it. deducting would recommend it to anyone.

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The Life of an American Icon

Where does America's Queen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was a fascinating story about one of the most famous women in the world, the story however did not really shed any light on this woman's life.

What did you like best about this story?

I really enjoyed the the whole Onassis period of her life.

Which character – as performed by Sandra Burr – was your favorite?

I found Sandra Burr's narration competent if somewhat flat. She was just reading and did try to imitate any of the characters in this book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Double Edge Sword of Fame.

Any additional comments?

I think it is somewhat sad that this intelligent woman rather than relying on her own obvious skills, choose to marry rich instead of carving out a solid career for herself. Achieving this only in the later part of her life. <br/>

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Excellent listening

Would you listen to America's Queen again? Why?

First time listener..great and interesting take on Jackie O.

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

Her ability to take charge after President Kennedy was killed.<br/>