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

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,805 ratings  ·  211 reviews
The New York Times bestselling author presents the most famous couple in the world in their last year together, answering lingering questions about this still-mesmerizing marriage.Jack and Jackie Kennedy were the emblem of a generation. Their wealth, beauty, elegance, and youth were revered by the public—and still are to this day. The forty-six-year-old president and his g ...more
Kindle Edition, 337 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by Gallery Books (first published July 23rd 2013)
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Erin
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In These Precious Few Days we get an intimate view into why President Kennedy and First Lady Jackie loved each other and how they were working to overcome the serious problems in their marriage. I've always found this book to be the saddest Kennedy book. It covers the last year of President Kennedy's life. The most heartbreaking part is in that year he was actually starting to become a better husband, President, and person. It makes me sad to think of the great things he could have accomplished. ...more
Jeanette (Again)
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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Jessica
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, kennedys
I am so fascinated by the Kennedys, especially JFK and Jackie, so naturally I just had to read this.

I liked this book a lot but there were a few things I didn’t like. First of all, the title is misleading. This book is about the entirety of their relationship, not just their last year together. Another thing was that it was a bit too gossipy. It talked about JFK’s extramarital affairs a lot. Aside from these things, I did enjoy the inside look that this book provided. JFK and Jackie were truly
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KOMET
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
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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
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Nancy
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
Donna
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
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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
Alexandra A
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so fascinated by the Kennedys so of course I just had to read this. A beautiful, hard to put down book. How these two endured tragedy after tragedy i do not know. I wish they had more time together. I wish their life, marriage and an entire era didn’t end so bloody and violently. Without a doubt this last year had brought them so much closer together and they would have flourished.

“They were so much alike, even the names Jack and Jackie: two halves of a single whole. “

5 stars! One of the g
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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.
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
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!
Kerry
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was recommended this book by a friend. I really knew very little about the Kennedy's lives other than the obvious parts covered in history class. This was a real eye-opener! When my friend told me it covered his extensive affairs and their use of methamphetamines, I had my doubts. I still hold some doubt that 100% of this book was true, but seriously if only 50% was, it was still a shocking read knowing this was how the White House and Presidency ran in the 60's. Perhaps it's not really much dif ...more
Koren
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those who prefer to keep this president on a pedestal I would recommend not reading this book. Neither JFK or Jackie were perfect by any means. I knew that JFK had an affair with Marilyn Monroe. This book lists so many more. The story of the loss of 3 babies was heartbreaking. Somehow, through all their faults, we still love them and find their presidency magical. I dont think there is anything in this book that you couldn't find somewhere else if you have read other bios on JFK. It was a qu ...more
Lori
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography-memoir
These Few Precious Days:The Final Year of Jack with Jackie transports the reader back to the days of JFK reign in the White House and the public hearts. Instead of offering more myth, Camelot is peeled back . A steady look at the faulty,idealistic man who was President humanizes the Kennedy legend. Jackie is more relatable. While I found little new in this book, it is quite engaging and easy to sail through. Reading this book is like being part of family viewing them with open eyes and compassio ...more
Katie
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t read many books about the Kennedys, so I found this to be a good general intro. It’s incredibly sad, as expected, and full of weird facts, like JFK preferring to take his coffee with loads of sugar (something Jackie referred to as “nauseating”). I was also surprised to learn that Marilyn Monroe seriously thought that JFK was on the verge of divorcing Jackie and marrying her instead.

Also unsurprising was JFK being an asshole to Jackie on the regular. Of particular note was the excerpt a
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Kathleen Freeman
Interesting and engaging
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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Kristen Freiburger
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
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.
Lorraine
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, jackie
Loved it and have added it to my Kennedy/Jacqueline library......oh did I mention I'm a bit of a Kennedy/Jacquelineophile??
Mary Armstrong
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-book, favorites
this was a very good book very touching to see their relationship grow and for him to finally realize what a gem of a wife he had
Judy Wallace
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: These Few Precious Days: The Final Year of Jack and Jackie
Author: Christopher Andersen
Stars: ****
Time Period: 1962-1963
Genre: Biography
Location: Washington D.C, Hyannis Port
The Reader: Robertson Dean
Storyline: From the Goodreads description, modified for SEO
#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 bet
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Elizabeth
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-01-jan, 2018
These Few Precious Moments tells what I believe may be closest to the real story of John F. Kennedy and his wife and First Lady, Jaqueline Bouvier Kennedy. The Camelot myth wasn’t true, nor was the complete focus on JFKs infidelities. This account rings true, understanding the deep flaws, but enduring commitment, that characterized the relationship between these two, maybe the first Power Couple. JFK and Jackie both made historic contributions and changes to the White House, the Presidency, and ...more
Amanda P
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
I've always had a fascination, like a good portion of America, with the Kennedys. This book was one of the higher rated pieces about them and I can see why. It was well written and I learned a lot about the former first family that I had never heard before. I knew there were many women that the President "entertained", but I don't think I ever realized how many. I also didn't realize how much of it Mrs. Kennedy knew about.
The book revolves around their entire time in the White House and even a
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Dawn
Enjoyed this book so much, hard to read at times and it opens that way. I had tears in my eyes within in the first few pages and you know for certain that Jackie loved Jack immensely.
Touching, emotional, surprising and tender story of their time in the White House, the love for each other and for their children. Jack was not perfect, very much a scoundrel and heel, but he changed and those last days before November and Dallas, were truly touching and special.
If you have read books about Jack a
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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
Steve Fox
Dec 02, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So, look, I thought it would be fun to read a book about JFK and Jackie and their family. It was somewhat interesting. However, as victims of sexual assaults continue to step forward in an avalanche of truth and awareness of how people in power have consistently abused their positions in our country with little to no responsibility for their actions I just couldn't do it. JFK, Clinton, presidents I at one time thought highly of, F-them. They are largely responsible for the current climate and I ...more
Davina
Really enjoyed this biography that focused strictly on the relationship between Jack and Jackie. I don't really understand the subtitle as this book covers the entirety of their relationship, but I think seeing the whole trajectory of their relationship made for a much more interesting read. I'm sure others who have read more about the Kennedy family than I have will find a lot of this information repetitive, but personally I was surprised by how candid it was about Jack's infidelities, their he ...more
Lea Elizabeth Ludwig
Learned a lot of gossipy things about John and Jackie Kennedy that I hope are not true. Most surprising is that their private dr gave them (and several of their staffers and friends) shots of an "energy cocktail" that helped them to keep up with their demanding lifestyle. It kind of reminded me of Michael Jackson. And the number of affairs that JFK had is really disappointing, too.
Last year I was in Dallas and visited the JFK museum. It was really fascinating to see the actual site where he was
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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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