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

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,432 Ratings  ·  174 Reviews
#1 New York Times bestselling biographer “Christopher Andersen has a real track record when it comes to celebrity bios.…He looks at Jack and Jackie Kennedy during their final year, pondering aloud whether after all the triumphs and betrayals they still loved each other” (Library Journal).

They were the original power couple—outlandishly rich, impossibly attractive, and endl
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 11th 2014 by Gallery Books (first published July 23rd 2013)
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
I've read a few books about Jack and Jackie, but they were written by people who didn't want to sully the memories with the trashy secrets. This is the first one I've read that laid it all out -- the good, the bad, and the nunya business smut.

People who've already read other Kennedy tell-alls were disappointed by this book, saying it's derivative and told them nothing new. I was well aware of Jack's philandering in a general sense, and the fact that Jackie was willing to overlook it as long as
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with an interest in the lives of President Kennedy & his wife Jacqueline Kennedy
From the first page, the drama conveyed in this book commands your attention and grabs it. For those of us who were not alive during the presidency of John F. Kennedy, it seems almost like a fairy tale the lives that he and his wife lived from the time of their marriage in 1953 to his assassination in Dallas 10 years later.

This book reads almost like a novel, which may be off-putting to those readers expecting a more rigorous, scholarly narrative of events. But let me hasten to add that the aut
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although These Few Precious Days appeared at first to be a light, gossipy, easy-to listen-to-book, it caused me to think deeply and seriously about some issues of public concern. Although I had read most of it before in previous Kennedy accounts, getting a complete picture of the way these people actually lived, utterly destroyed any remaining vestiges of the Camelot myth that might have survived 50 years since that unforgettable November day when JFK died so violently. I know for certain that I ...more
Penny McGill
Aug 24, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-love
Well, it WAS a book about JFK and Jackie, which I love. It wasn't a book that told me anything I hadn't already read before, which I really don't love. Written by a former editor at People magazine and it reads like an article from one of their issues, just a little bit longer.

I felt like he was making too much of recent 'discoveries' to sell this book as a new angle on their marriage and that wasn't really enough of a hook. Certainly any marriage has different periods and it's possible to see a
Lauren Demers
Well, I'm glad I didn't buy this book...Thank you library. "These Few Precious Days-The Final Year of Jack with Jackie" was an ok book but I felt that it was a rehash of a couple of other books I've recently read, namely "Jacqueline Kennedy:Historic Conversations..." and "Mrs. Kennedy and Me" plus probably a few I haven't read. I would come across a paragraph and I would think, "Well that's right out of 'Mrs. Kennedy...'" This might be a decent book for people just starting to read about JFK and ...more
Rita Kay
I was a senior in college, a first year teacher, a graduate student and a librarian in Puerto Rico so I had no idea of JFK's unfaithfulness, the amphetamine Injections that helped create the aura of magic, and yet there was a sweetness in the love story of Jack and Jackie that really touched my heart. Too bad we can't go back to the days of more privacy and civility than we experience in the 21at century.
I really enjoyed this book which was a more intimate look at the First Family and revealed more about JFK's relationship with Jackie and his children. It showed a very human side to the President and that he really cared for his family. The focus was on the private man not the politician.
Aug 16, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Too much smut. The title is misleading. Only a small part of the book is about the last year of the Kennedy marriage. Most of the book is none of our business!
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just cannot resist books about Jack and Jackie. There aren’t any new revelations, discussion of conspiracy theories; this is strictly about Jack and Jackie.

This book had a personal feel, as if you were the fly on the wall. At least for me it did. It was very light on politics, nothing heavy duty, more on what Jack and Jackie were doing and feeling. It seemed a compilation of comments from those who knew them and interacted with them.

This is the first book that had more of Caroline and John
Taymara Jagmohan
For such a love story- so miraculously difficult- but gallantly real! When the days dwindle, you begin to realize this is love, and it could not have been anything else. It is like a metaphor of writing, so precious to discover, yet left upon the tip of the pen that keeps running with that darkened ink. Dank in its sink, but so flawless in its rise. Love letters. Times of love. Sailing together in the heat of the hearts. Blood-sheds. Love in the red gloves. Years of togetherness, and memories st ...more
Ashlyn Hunt

Like most Americans I've always been intrigued by the Kennedy Family. The money, power, beauty, excess, all the stuff of a great Greek tragedy. The element that fascinates me the most, probably because I'm a fictional writer, is the elucidation of a family curse. Whether true or not, the mere mention of it rings of the Corleone brood. And who doesn't love the delicious train-wrecks of The God Father's Dynasty?

I read Those Few Precious Days at the time of the recent Kennedy Assassination Anniver
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well written and thoroughly researched. I had to write a paper about the Kennedy's in college and quickly became fascinated with the conspiracy theory. I've read countless books on the subject and also specifically about both Jack and Jackie. I never bought into the "Camelot" sham and thought they were both selfish, rotten people. This book drives home both attributes loud and clear. (People were dying right and left surrounding them....sound familiar in the current upcoming election?) Afte ...more
I enjoyed this book for what it was, a look into the personal lives of JFK and Jackie. I was surprised to learn that Jackie Kennedy could be mean-spirited and teasing, I guess she is sanctified so much today that her humanly traits are never discussed.
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love anything Kennedy so I enjoyed this book. Yes, much of the book is old information but it was still an enjoyable and quick read.
Hank Pharis
This an interesting account of the last year of JFK's life with particular focus on his marriage. Jackie knew about his numerous affairs but she grew up with a father with the same addiction and did her best to live with it. At one point in one of these books someone, I forget who, asked JFK why he kept risking everything this way and he teared up and said: "I just can't seem to quit." A couple of the authors have tried to explain his behavior in two ways: 1) His Dad encouraged all of his sons t ...more
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Kennedy family is definitely one of the most fascinating families in the world and since I haven't read a lot about them, I found this book absolutely fascinating. It really laid it all out there. If what this book says is true, it astonishes me how much greed, corruption, infidelity, drug-use, and overall major dysfunction this family dynasty was able to cover-up!
Grace Masters
This was wonderfully done, I preferred how they started out with that tragic, historic event and ended just before. It was at its heart a story of deeply flawed, loving people who just happened to impact the entire world. Nothing was shied away from here and all the better for it.
Dean Cummings
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anderson captures the essence of those enchanting few years of the Kennedy White House. The section about Patrick, and the president's experience at the hospital were so powerful, they still regularly invade my everyday thoughts. A wonderful book!
Katie Solt
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this was my first time reading some about both of them and i enjoy all it was a good book
I started listening to this audiobook after watching Jackie.
I'm not sure how to rate this book. It started with JFK's assassination and then went back to when JFK was a lot younger.
After reading this book, I am left with the impression that both JFK and Jackie were really broken people.
This was an interesting read.

The main title comes from lyrics to one of JFK's favorite songs, "September Song" --

And these few precious days I'll spend with you
These precious days, I'll spend with you.

However, the subtitle of "The Final Year with Jack and Jackie" is seriously misleading. The book starts out describing the events of November 22, 1963, and then goes back to when Jack & Jackie were married in 1953, 1956 when Jackie was pregnant and lost their daughter, Arabella, Jack's philand
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book gives a real insight into the relationship between President John ("Jack") Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline ("Jackie"). I have read other books by Christopher Andersen and I haven’t been disappointed yet.

Jack was a playboy who attracted woman with his good looks and money. He didn’t want to get married, but when he was the U.S. Senator, he was motivated to run for the office for the President of the United States, and would need a wife to show the public that he was conservative. He got
Donna Barnes
My book club, in memory of JFK's assassination, planned to meet on November 22 and discuss books on the subject, and one of the books was definitely S. King's "11/22'63" which I really LOVED for so many reasons, but one was that it was fiction on the subject. That being said, the other books I read for the project needed to be non-fiction, so this book "These Few Precious Days" was suggested to me by a person who performs books (Barbara Rinella), and I really enjoyed this………for most of the book. ...more
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about the last 3 years Jackie and Jack spent together in the White House.

The author takes the reader behind-the-scenes into the lives of JFK and Jackie, revealing hidden secrets from the public eye, while portraying a couple that could never be forgotten. Andersen chronicles an interesting and colorful account of the final year together in a complex, but intimate, riveting story. A touching story of a couple that lived through secrets, scandals, and political bombshells. An extraord
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
So, I pick up a book with "The Final Year of Jack with Jackie" in the title, and I think, logically, that that's what I'm going to get. But no. For more than 200 pages (in a 294 page book), I read all the things I've read before, about the Kennedys' courtship and wedding, their early years together, Jack's philandering and Jackie's difficulties in bearing children.

Only in the last 70 or so pages of this book am I finally allowed to read about that last year they had together. The loss of their
Karen Dodds
I pretty much love anything about the Kennedy family. This was lovely and full of details about their lives in the White House. I'll read this author again.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"They were so much alike. Even the names - Jack and Jackie: two halves of a single whole. They were both actors and they appreciated each other's performance." - Lem Billings
Jack and Jackie were both very private people, they seldom showed affection for one another in the public eye. Their marriage is a mystifying one for sure.
Jackie was able to see under the tough exterior of JFK. She saw a sickly little boy who felt he was never loved by his mother. Jackie also saw her father in Jack. Jackie a
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These Few Precious Days goes into the intimate behind the scenes of the original power couple. There were rumored affairs from both Jack and Jackie but despite it all they truly loved one another. What I found absolutely eerie was the fact that JFK had premonitions of his death and the final method that would do him in. And yes, it did have to do with a rifle and how he tried to pull out of his trip to Dallas which ended his life.

What shock me was about the couple's dependent and being unaware o
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: john-f-kennedy
this truly did live up to the author's expectations it was really captivating. The author states that the first chapter is really gripping and graphic and he was so right in every sense of the word as he depicts the horrid events of November 22, 1963. This book also works itself backwards by starting with the assassination and then in later chapters depicting the most intimate details of Jackie and Jack. Everything from his womanizing, political fanfare, and the loss of a son Patrick which bring ...more
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read a lot of biographies as they are my favorites. I am always looking for glimpses of the character behind the figure we see in public or what is portrayed of them. The Kennedy's have usually been portrayed as our royal family by the press over the years, the perfect political family. This book by Christopher Andersen delivers on lifting the veil so to speak in getting to what made Jack and Jackie tick, primarily in their relationship and marriage.

Andersen shows really both sides of their re
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Christopher Peter Andersen is an American journalist and the author of 32 books, including many bestsellers. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Andersen joined the staff of Time Magazine as a contributing editor in 1969. From 1974 to 1986 Andersen was senior editor of Time Incorporated's P
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“Daddy,” said the toddler, now seething with righteous indignation, “you are a poo-poo head!”

Feigning outrage, JFK lowered his voice. “John,” he said, “no one calls the President of the United States a poo-poo head.”
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