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Mrs Kennedy The Missing History of The Kennedy Years by Barbara Leaming
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Apr 11, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: true, political, historical, femalehardship
Read from April 09 to 11, 2011

This was a completely different book from the other factual books I've read about JFK. This one is written from the POV of Jackie's life in the White House and you can't help but be horrified by the dreadful way that her husband treated her. I knew he was unfaithful but this book was shocking in showing how many women he cheated on her with-prostitutes, friends, several long term affairs at the same time, almost every female staff member, campaign workers and of course the infamous fling with Marilyn Monroe. Jackie's humiliation is made worse by everyone else at the White House knowing exactly what her husband is doing.

Another shocking thing about this book is the amount of illegal drugs that Jack and Jackie were taking to cope with their physical and mental pains. Having the President high on speed while running the country and meeting other leaders was really frightening and you can see how it affected his decision making.

The book has a good mixture of the major political events in this Presidency-Vietnam, Civil Rights, Bay of Pigs, Cuban missile crisis, mixed in with the Kennedy family's own tragedies and the miserable personal life of Jackie. It is a must read for anyone who is interested in the Kennedy family. The book is written using interviews with the friends of the family and Secret Service agents who witnessed the events, and written records/personal letters. And a lot of this book forms the basis for the current mini-series on the History Channel.
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Reading Progress

04/09/2011 page 50
10.0% "Finding the large print version difficult to read-my eyes are going funny! Interesting content though"
04/10/2011 page 260
53.0% "Slow going but fascinating"

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