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

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  778 ratings  ·  127 reviews
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, #1 New York Times bestselling biographer Christopher Andersen shows us a side of JFK and Jackie that we’ve never seen before. Tender, intimate, complex, and, ...more
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
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KOMET
Oct 14, 2013 KOMET rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Penny McGill
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
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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
Elaine
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.
Judith Mills
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!
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
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Eileen Granfors
I was 14 when Kennedy was shot. The event traumatized my view of the world. He was the first president I whose press conferences I watched. I became interested in world events, including the Cuban Missile Crisis. Ad then he was gone.

Now, as an adult, the press has the freedom to report the truth behind the image. What would I have thought of the infidelity if I had known about it then? I don't know.

THESE FEW PRECIOUS DAYS takes us back to the assassination, but also to the difficulty of being th
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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
Nancy
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
Lauren
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.
Crys (The Hodgenator)
I absolutely adored this book.

The opening chapter goes into (graphic) detail about the death of JFK, and then the book transitions into a love story between Jack & Jackie.

Each chapter opens with quotes from the two of them and/or those who knew them best. I thought that was a lovely touch.

The book is not kind to the fact that Jack was a serial cheater, nor does the book excuse it. What the book does do instead is just gives us the story - here was a woman who dealt with life in the best way
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Graceann
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
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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.
Karin
This book was fascinating. I knew some of the obvious things that were in here (Marilyn Monroe, "Ich bin ein Berliner."), but not some of the other things (all the Dr. Max bits). There's no way I would want to be in a marriage like the one described here, even if it meant I would be First Lady and rich.

Nitpicky, but I hated the way the author would randomly refer to Jack and Jackie as "Mommy" and "Daddy". Or the fact that he switched off between "Jack" and "JFK". Or after he stated that the fami
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Gama Jeanette
I liked it. I pulled this out of the library because I didn't know much about the personal lives of Jack and Jackie and was curious about them. From reading this book, I got the impression that in the beginning they didn't really love each other, and that they married for practical reasons. However, as time went on, it seems that they had a mutual understanding and acceptance of one another. I wasn't really surprised by JFK's womanizing before and during the marriage to Jackie only because I've ...more
Lee
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
Judy
While focusing on the final year of the marriage of Jack and Jackie Kennedy, this book examines their entire relationship and contains all of the juicy details that the public has come to feel it is their right to know. This is only one of the numerous books that have been published in the last year to coincide with the observation of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy. I picked this book up at the public library and spent a pleasurable few hours reading it, but I don ...more
Mary
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.
Elaine
Numerous books have been written about JFK , Jacqueline and the entire Kennedy family. Many of them by Christopher Anderson himself.

These Few Precious Days focuses primarily on the last years JFK and Jackie had together. Anderson interviewed many people from their circle of friends, as well as members of the President's staff.

The book touches on JFK's infidelities, their children, life in the White House, Marilyn Monroe and Jackie's spending. In other words, nothing new.

The book is easy to rea
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Gaelyn
Overall, I thought that this was an entertaining book about Jack and Jackie Kennedy. The author explored how the two felt about each other despite JFK's unfaithfulness and how his presidency strengthened their marriage.

One small issue I had with this book was that the author summarized other books written about the Kennedys. I recently read Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy, an account that is also mentioned in These Few Precious Days.

Nevertheless, this book was well-w
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Susan
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
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Amy
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
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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
Hal
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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Janet
Dec 16, 2013 Janet rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in the Kennedys
I have mixed opinions after reading this book. Yes, I enjoyed it and learned a few more details that I didn't know; ie, the birth and death of their 3rd baby-Patrick Kennedy, the change in the President as he grieved his son's death, Jackie's other miscarriges, her smoking while pregnant and JFK's relationship with his daughter, Carolyn. Like other reviewers, there was scant new information contained in this book for those of us that have read other Kennedy books. Notably, Christopher Anderson q ...more
Aja
Did you know that Jack and Jackie used to have a doctor shoot them up with a combination that included what is known as "speed", when they were feeling down? Did you know that Jack still had a light pulse when he arrived at the hospital? And man did I cry reading about Patrick. Very few books manage to produce tears from me, but how completely heartbreaking. There's so much I didn't know about Jack and Jackie and reading this book made me view them both in an extraordinary new light. However I s ...more
Elena Berry
I had high expectations for this book, so it had a lot to live up to. After listening to her audio book, I was interested in the story, not of the politics or the assassination, but in the marriage of these seemingly problem-less people under such unimaginable strain. Jackie endured the worst situations possible as a woman - the grief she felt in so many phases of her life is inconceivable. She earned my respect and deepest sympathy in this touching story.
Aldrich
I suppose the best thing I can say about this book is the fact some might find it entertaining, especially those who choose to believe all the stories about JFK and Jackie regardless of their source. For me personally who enjoys history based on facts, it was a letdown. It was difficult to distinguish between fact, fiction, or rumor. I suppose I've always wondered where the investigative reporters were at the time so many things were supposed to be going on given the fact so many people supposed ...more
Grace Holley
This is a good book if you haven't read a hundred other books about the Kennedys. It didn't offer much new information about JFK or the family. It also didn't focus on the last year of Jack & Jackie until its last part, so not sure why the title and description of the book suggests that it focuses solely on their last year together.

Anderson does a good job and I found the book enjoyable.
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