Jackie, Janet & Lee

Jackie, Janet & Lee Details

TitleJackie, Janet & Lee
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 30th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
ISBN-139781250128010
Rating
GenreBiography, Nonfiction, History, Autobiography, Memoir, Politics

Jackie, Janet & Lee Review

  • Petra X
    January 1, 1970
    Update: Fake Ratings? There are 130 4 and 5 star ratings without a review. What looked really strange to me was that the majority had no pics, so I counted. There were over 80 (lost count at that point) with no pictures, no friends, no groups, lists, quotes and only default shelves. This looks so fake and reminds me of a site that sells ratings, reviews and likes for the price of a couple of cups of coffee. (view spoiler)[(GR staff mod Emily once threatened to remove me from Feedback Group if I Update: Fake Ratings? There are 130 4 and 5 star ratings without a review. What looked really strange to me was that the majority had no pics, so I counted. There were over 80 (lost count at that point) with no pictures, no friends, no groups, lists, quotes and only default shelves. This looks so fake and reminds me of a site that sells ratings, reviews and likes for the price of a couple of cups of coffee. (view spoiler)[(GR staff mod Emily once threatened to remove me from Feedback Group if I mentioned the name of that site again at that time a friend had pointed out which GR authors were also selling on that site . (hide spoiler)] Is this "marketing buzz" - high ratings for a new book? What I find mystifying is why such a successful author would stoop to this? Or perhaps it's his marketing company? And why not just go the route of giving out a lot of freebies in return for reviews? That mostly results in a load of gushing reviews and 4/5 star ratings.** Anyway the book was pretty awful, the narration was worse, and that is my own opinion, it may well be a 4 or 5 star book by everyone else's judgement and I could be totally wrong about these being fake ratings. **I have friends that review lots of freebies - honestly, not just to ensure the constant flow of them by not being negative too often. My friends reviews, long, short, or sometimes creative shelving, whether freebies or not are always worth reading which is why they are on my list._________This is a 21 hour audio book and I dnf'd it at 75% because it is life-sapping listening to such a shallow book about vapid women who put r money first with nothing that couldn't have been and perhaps was, written in something like the Daily Rag (view spoiler)[DailyMail.co.uk of course (hide spoiler)] or the Enquirer. Except the book does expose the media-whipped up spin of the adulation of the undeniably beautiful Jackie as utterly misplaced. She was a gold-digger pure and simple. And a cunt.The spoilers are an attempt to organise and shorten this all-over-the-place review.The awful writing (this is a biography not chicklit) and worse narration (view spoiler)[ Hundreds of sails like a host of butterflies composing a backdrop for the party. One guest gasped and said, "I don't believe it. It's not real. It's being produced by Walt Disney." But it was just another example of the Auchincloss style.Janet Auchincloss knew that the cruise were scheduled and she had guessed that they would arrive in time to help decorate her daughter's wedding. It did! And in her chosen colours: white on blue. (Narrator gives an excited sort of giggle at "In her chosen colours." (hide spoiler)]Fact-checking (view spoiler)["In the fall of 1966, Jamie Auchincloss was studying at Cambridge in London." Cambridge University is a couple of hours away on the train, about 70 miles. (hide spoiler)]Yet again, Jackie dumps a man because he isn't rich enough although she as Jack Kennedy's widow is very wealthy herself. (view spoiler)["Jackie was with the architect Jack Warnecke for two and a half years. They were going to marry although a date had not been set. He ignored his business for Jackie, lavishing her with everything she wanted. He phoned her to tell her that he was in a little trouble, he owed the bank about $1M (about $8M now). He said if they were going to get married she should know. He ended the phone call by saying, "I love you." She replied, "Goodbye for now, Jack. And that was that. (hide spoiler)]Why Jackie is a world-class cunt (view spoiler)[ Lee "Princess Radziwill" - a title she insisted upon although her husband had actually given up his many years before they were married, had been having an extra-marital affair with Ari Onassis for over six years. Naturally there were tabloid and Enquirer articles and photographs. Ari never stopped having an affair with the opera singer Maria Callas. Lee had not discussed her affair with either her mother (who knew and had been to see Ari) or Jackie. Therefore when Jackie was deep in vodka and wondering if she should have finished with Warneke over money when she "loved" him, was invited to Skorpios by Ari she could pretend to herself that she wasn't really having an affair with her sister's boyfriend as she hadn't been officially "told" about it. (When Ari started to seriously court Jackie, he dumped Lee by merely never being available to her or returning her calls. Lee was naturally very upset but what could she do when she'd called out her husband on his affaire? They were all a bunch of phenomenally wealthy, entitled assholes. The veneer of charm and manners doesn't actually cover up their gutter behaviour towards each other)Jackie was unkind to her sister in other ways too, like not even once going to the theatre to see Lee's debut as an actress, screwing Peter Beard who again was (hide spoiler)]Jackie sells herself, cash up front. (view spoiler)[As the gentleman said to the beautiful girl, 'Would you spend the night with me for a million dollars?' Yes, she replied. Right he said, now we've established what you are, let's get down to a sensible price. Or up.Jackie, maintaining the same fiction that she didn't know Ari was her sister's lover, married Ari. But before she did, she got her in-laws, the Kennedy's to get her a premarital settlement of cash down, $20M (in today's money) and $1M for each of her children. Having sold herself she then refused to discuss it as talking about money was "unsavory". Ari continued his affair with Maria Callas and Jackie continued spending on "nice" things. (hide spoiler)]Queen of the Fakes, supremo of the golddiggers, Janet Auchincloss, (view spoiler)[Janet had kept her alcoholic, gambler of a first husband and father to Jackie and Lee away from John Kennedy's inauguration (and also stopped him from giving away his daughter and her wedding to Kennedy) primarily because she thought he might be interviewed and give away who Janet really was. Ashamed of her 'common' Irish Catholic forebears, she had invented an English and French history for her family, one where her family had never been in trade. Her second husband, whom she was with for 39 years, was impotent. She had to weigh up phenomenal wealth against real love and sex. But money was her passion.Maternal disapproval: Jackie loses her virginity but does not gain a boyfriend (view spoiler)[When she found out that Jackie had lost her virginity in an elevator to a one-night stand, she was upset, not just that her daughter would do such a thing, but do it with a man who wasn't truly wealthy. When this was pointed out to Jackie, she saw sense. No point in contacting the man again. (hide spoiler)]Janet's bible, authored by Psalms Kalu He says, in the blurb, "The fact that you are poor is evidence that you are not a good Christian!" (hide spoiler)] Notes on reading and how I was fooled by Jackie's "class" (view spoiler)[I always thought that Jackie was the epitome of elegance and class. But then "class" depends on whose defining it. I mean a gracious, well-mannered balanced bearing that is welcoming to all. Like Princess Diana had. But a lot of people define class as being at the top of the social tree and having a lot of money and a facade of being gracious and well-mannered etc. From this book I see that Jackie didn't have the first but the facade of the second fooled me. (hide spoiler)]Notes on reading and how exactly Jackie dumped her first fiance because although rich, her mother said he wasn't rich enough (view spoiler)[Jackie was engaged to Jack Husted and he had been invited to the Auchincloss' for a party. Janet, Jackie's mother, had ascertained that he had no family money and "only" earned $17,000 a year (about $160,000 in today's money). She said to Jackie that if she married him she would never be able to travel and live well. So Jackie when taking her fiance to the airport, slipped off her engagement ring and put it in his pocket. As Jack later said, she was icy cold and never spoke to him again. But Jackie felt bad about this and so, good Christian that she was, went to church to pray to know if she'd done the right thing. (hide spoiler)]So why am I giving this awful book 2 stars? One because it at least fascinated me enough I listened to three-quarters of it, and one because there was an ah-ha moment in the book, at least for me. My mother didn't love me but adored my brother. Janet loved both Jackie and Lee, but not equally, Jackie always came first, and Lee said (paraphrasing) that if you didn't receive praise for your accomplishments and looks when you were young, you were forever after inclined to doubt compliments and never quite believe in yourself. So true.
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  • Kevin
    January 1, 1970
    Prolific biographer Taraborrelli (AFTER CAMELOT, CALL HER MISS ROSS, BECOMING BEYONCE) writes meticulously researched biographies that read like novels, and his third book covering the Kennedy dynasty is fascinating and absorbing. This hefty volume focuses on the relationships among Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Princess Lee Radziwill and their mother, Janet Lee Bouvier Auchincloss. Early on, Janet tells her daughters the secret to happiness is money and power. All three strong and temperamenta Prolific biographer Taraborrelli (AFTER CAMELOT, CALL HER MISS ROSS, BECOMING BEYONCE) writes meticulously researched biographies that read like novels, and his third book covering the Kennedy dynasty is fascinating and absorbing. This hefty volume focuses on the relationships among Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Princess Lee Radziwill and their mother, Janet Lee Bouvier Auchincloss. Early on, Janet tells her daughters the secret to happiness is money and power. All three strong and temperamental women spent their lives pursuing both. Despite their efforts to rebel against their mother, both daughters ended up following her matrimonial blueprint. All married initially for love (Jackie snagged John F. Kennedy, who would become president of the United States eight years into their marriage) while their second marriages focused on security: Janet to the heir to the Standard Oil fortune; Jackie to billionaire Aristotle Onassis; Lee to a Polish prince. Shipping tycoon Onassis is a fascinating character. Lee was ready to leave her husband for Onassis, but was convinced by her mother that it would ruin JFK's presidency. But five years after her husband's assassination, it was Jackie who ended up marrying him (after demanding a lump payment of $3 million and a monthly $30,000 allowance for expenses).Taraborrelli captures the glamorous, tragic, seductive and completely absorbing world of the Kennedys and those who married them. With his bite-size chapters, insightful writing and impeccable research, Taraborrelli's JACKIE, JANET & LEE is irresistible, intimate and revealing. His massive biography offers a fresh take on the iconic First Lady and her family. An irresistible and intimate page-turner that details the glamorous, tragic and absorbing lives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Lee Radziwill and their mother.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I decided to listen to this book on CD suspecting I might be able to get through it easier that way since I had a feeling it would be pure gossip. I was correct on both accounts. While I felt a bit vile listening to the many unflattering stories (to put it kindly), listen I continued to do because it was honestly entertaining even though it often was oh, so wrong. Therefore, I submit this review feeling like a terrible person knowing I would never want to own a copy, yet happy in the knowledge t I decided to listen to this book on CD suspecting I might be able to get through it easier that way since I had a feeling it would be pure gossip. I was correct on both accounts. While I felt a bit vile listening to the many unflattering stories (to put it kindly), listen I continued to do because it was honestly entertaining even though it often was oh, so wrong. Therefore, I submit this review feeling like a terrible person knowing I would never want to own a copy, yet happy in the knowledge that I was able to check it out free from the library.
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  • Catherine
    January 1, 1970
    With a subtitle like "The Other Side of Camelot," this book was about what you'd expect. It was written with the cooperation of James Auchincloss, which should have tipped me off right away that it was all about the sleeze. He should be ashamed. Plus, the book was poorly written and constructed like a 9-th grade geography book: Parts rather than Chapters, and 14-point font breaks with a summary of the next five paragraphs: "A Mother's Duty," "Lee's Conflict," "Emergency Family Meeting," etc. Bec With a subtitle like "The Other Side of Camelot," this book was about what you'd expect. It was written with the cooperation of James Auchincloss, which should have tipped me off right away that it was all about the sleeze. He should be ashamed. Plus, the book was poorly written and constructed like a 9-th grade geography book: Parts rather than Chapters, and 14-point font breaks with a summary of the next five paragraphs: "A Mother's Duty," "Lee's Conflict," "Emergency Family Meeting," etc. Because we're too stupid not to figure it all out. If there was a minus rating, I'd give this a minus 5.
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  • Amy Formanski Duffy
    January 1, 1970
    I picked this one up for pure escapism, but it's well-researched and written in an engaging style. It details the sibling rivalry between Jacqueline Kennedy and her sister Lee Radziwill, as well as their mother Janet's relentless pursuit of money and power. She pushed her daughters to marry wealthy men, and they indeed followed her footsteps in that regard. However, the multiple marriages of all three women rarely brought them happiness or peace. Jackie's tragic marriage to JFK is well-chronicle I picked this one up for pure escapism, but it's well-researched and written in an engaging style. It details the sibling rivalry between Jacqueline Kennedy and her sister Lee Radziwill, as well as their mother Janet's relentless pursuit of money and power. She pushed her daughters to marry wealthy men, and they indeed followed her footsteps in that regard. However, the multiple marriages of all three women rarely brought them happiness or peace. Jackie's tragic marriage to JFK is well-chronicled, but it's interesting to read about the assassination from the perspectives of Jackie's family, mainly Janet and her son, Jamie. Jackie and Lee's half-brother Jamie was interviewed for the book and provides a lot of insight into the family's never-ending drama. Some of the stuff seems so outrageous that it's difficult to believe. Lee slept with JFK while her husband was in the next room? Jackie had a stillbirth early in her marriage and JFK didn't come home from his vacation for a week? Lee dated Aristotle Onasis for years, then gave him up to avoid scandal for Jackie, and then Jackie married him only a few years later? What the heck was wrong with these people? It's the most upper-crust dysfunctional family you'll ever read about! But apparently most if not all of this is true. I guess some cliches are true, too. Money can't buy love.
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  • Rosanne
    January 1, 1970
    Every now and then, I indulge in the guilty pleasure of a gossipy, tell-all kind of book. As these kinds of book go, this one wasn't all that bad as it seems to have been well researched. I did come to understand a bit of the psychology behind some of the life choices made by this family. And, is so often the case, it did show that a life of privilege isn't necessarily the path to a happy and fulfilling life.
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  • Pat Lampe
    January 1, 1970
    I always love books about Jackie. This is quite thorough and features her relationship with her family. Her mother was formidable and her sister lived in her shadow, but in the end you are not surprised at the resolution or non-resolution of their lives. I enjoyed learning more about the Auchincloss family. Good book.
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    "A dazzling biography of three of the most glamorous women of the twentieth century: Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis; her mother, Jane Lee Auchincloss, and her sister, Princess Lee Radziwill." J. Randy Taraborrelli
  • Cryan Ryan
    January 1, 1970
    I couldn’t get a 1/4 of the way through it. I’ve read just about everything written about Jackie. Didn’t learn anything new and it was written so poorly, I finally put myself out of misery and put it down. Disappointing.
  • Euphegenia
    January 1, 1970
    Superficial and dull. Not helped by the fact that I disliked all three women.
  • Charnelle Mose
    January 1, 1970
    The book was about 100 pages too long. Interesting read, slightly put off with all the gold diggers.
  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    This book was amazing. I couldn’t put it down. Roped me in right off the back.
  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book.
  • Northumberland
    January 1, 1970
    A dazzling biography of three of the most glamorous women on the twentieth century : Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, Janet Lee Auchincloss, and her sister Princess Lee Radziwill.
  • Portia
    January 1, 1970
    If you like gossip and glimpses into famous people’s lives, this book is for you.
  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Very enjoyable book. The author actually had new info about the Bouvier women that I had never read before. I liked it so much I just bought one for my mother for Valentine's day!
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