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Bobby and Jackie: A Love Story

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  1,144 Ratings  ·  155 Reviews
From New York Times bestselling author C. David Heymann, an in-depth and controversial look at the much talked about but never fully revealed relationship between Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Robert F. Kennedy.

Few writers have immersed themselves in the world of the Kennedys as completely or successfully as C. David Heymann, whose Jackie Kennedy Onassis biography, A Woma
ebook, 224 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Atria Books (first published 2009)
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Found this book in the library and decided to borrow it since I have a thing for the Kennedys and most of all RFK. I didn't have high expectations for the book. It looks a bit sordid and it felt a bit sordid to read. Did Jackie and Bobby have an affair? Many people seem to think that they did. It was like a secret everyone knew, but no one spoke about in the public. Nowadays it would be impossible to keep an affair like that a secret, but in the 60s it was probably a lot easier.

In a way a feel s
Nov 08, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Doesn't everyone need to read a pure guilty pleasure once in a while? From the resounding silence, I would guess that the answer is no, and it's just me who sees books like this on the library shelf, looks around, plucks it off, hides it under a pile of more "worthy" books and scurries to the check-out desk praying that the librarian doesn't give me a look of "have you lost your mind" while stamping the due date in the back. What can I say? I'm shallow. On the negative side, much of this ground ...more
This book was fun to read and I’ll tell you why. I’ll give you two big reasons:

1. It’s one of the few Kennedy bios that isn’t the size of a door stop. It’s a quick read and informative and you don’t often get such a thing with a Kennedy book.

2. It’s dishy.

My God, the dish. Look, there are many of pages where he quotes Truman Capote, okay? This is some juicy gossip here, folks. And? Heymann presents it in such a way that it’s not shameful or trashy. In fact, you’re almost glad that Jackie and Bob
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Kennedys have been a guilty pleasure of mine since I was 13. I've read so many books that most are just a rehash of what I already know. This one was filled with a lot of info I did not know probably because I never read about Jackie and Bobby other than just their relationship as in laws. This was well written and very interesting. I really like that it wasn't phone book size like most historical non fiction!
Heather V  ~The Other Heather~
"Just stay there until I can ditch the ol' ball and chain, okay?"

I'd read all of the criticism about this book before opening it. I still wanted to be scandalized, if that's even possible in 2016. I'd counted on it to be, if nothing else, a salacious, hip-deep wade through some glorious Cape Cod trash.

There's some of that. More if you care about everyone else Jackie and RFK were shagging aside from each other. (And that's assuming you believe they were ever a "thing." Anyone who could've corrobo
Jul 21, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. Like most Americans, I am fascinated by the highly dysfunctional Kennedy family, in particular Jackie who basically created the idea of Camelot. She took a mediocre President and a crap husband and turned him into a legend. Talk about a spin job! Anyway, there was some new information in this book. Granted, there are probably thousands of books written about the Kennedys, of which I have read maybe 2 or 3, but I did learn a few new facts. I did not know the older Kennedys were pro-Hit ...more
Apr 25, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, this isn't exactly National Book Award material, but it does make for some interesting afternoon reading for someone who doesn't read romance novels! I have an obsession with the Kennedy Clan (most specifically JFK and Jackie) and I have always been a little fascinated by the rumors of an affair between Jackie and Bobby after JFK was assassinated. I don't think this book necessarily proves it--and he was still a total cad like his brother Jack, but there is part of me that is happy that, i ...more
Jan 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was like a novel length National Enquirer...interesting.
Oct 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
I first read about this book and its "revelations" when it came out; it was an article on Italian Vanity Fair. Since then, the idea of "Bobby and Jackie" has stayed in the back of my head even if I forgot about the book and the article altogether.
It wasn't until I watched "The Kennedys" that the idea of them dawned to me again. I realized that it felt odd to me that doubts could arise about Robert and Jacqueline Kennedy's mutual feelings, even though no actual "literature" on the pair was ever
F.Scott Fitzgerald, in one of his novels, made the comment "Let me tell you about the rich. They are different from you and me". This quote can be very appropriately applied to C. David Heymann's shocking and mesmerizing account of the relationship(s) of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Bobby Kennedy. Contrary to what the country was led to believe, these larger than life figures led two very different lives-- one that was public, and another that was private. The private lives of these individual ...more
Pete daPixie
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-u-s
I see that my two stars are somewhat below the average rating that GR reviewers have given this book. Well, I thought it was o.k. Having read my fair quota on the Kennedy clan, I found much of this to be going over old ground. C. David Heymann is a long time watcher of this family, having written a few books already on Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, her children, and RFK.
'Bobby and Jackie-A Love Story' was published in 2009. If you like reading the inside gossip of the rich and famous with larg
Claudia Mundell
Dec 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My mother sent this book home with me, and I thought I would read it for her. I pushed it aside for while and finally got to looking at it this week. Once I started reading it, I could not put it down but not because it was a pretty story! I was fascintated with the way the people lived, shocked at the depth of evil behavior. I know the parties were never perfect; I am not into idolatry of the Kennedys. But still the depth of it all, and what was going on in history at that time.

I will think ab
Mar 25, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the worst books I have read in a while. The title indicates some love story, but what was actually written is a recounting of someone jumping into someone's bed. I started to lose track of who was sleeping with whom, as it seems like every page was talking about a new person jumping into the sack. I felt like I was reading an excerpt out of the Enquirer. The tawdry reports seemed obsessive. Considering that by googling I find this author has been known to misquote his interviewees, and ac ...more
Regina Mclaughlin
The author has drawn from a vast archive of material pertaining to Jackie, yet it is the sketchier portrait of Bobby Kennedy that seems the more vibrant. Despite a wealth of documentation and first-person anecdote, a convincing sense of Mrs. Onassis' essence emerges only intermittently from the mists of legend, only to vanish a paragraph or a page later.

Occasional stretching out and redundancy sometimes led me to wonder if perhaps there might be a little less than meets the eye. Still, a fine a
some juicy stuff.
Aug 13, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was very disappointing. Reviewed as the great love story of both of their lives, I expected a romantic tale. Instead, it was a laundry list of who slept with who.
Erin Christmas
Jul 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
A wonderful guilty pleasure!!!
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A guilty pleasure, although from the description of what supposedly went on between Bobby and Jackie, I'm probably not the one who should be feeling guilty...
Sarah -
I admit I am part of the problem. I am so enthralled by the illusion of Camelot that I will read most books I can find about the Kennedys. This one however is just as sleazy as you might imagine. Some of the claims were so absurd that I was fact checking while I was reading, and found that many of the stories in this book and the author's other books seem to lack evidence or have been proven out right to be fabrications. I guess that also means that either the author was making a lot of the stuf ...more
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very skeptical about this book, but was won over very quickly when I began to read the narrative. Once you explore the notes, it's truly amazing. The history is intriguing and well documented, Jackie and Bobby become real people instead of public icons/images, and the pieces fit together on so much - particularly the Kennedy family in total.
Maureen O'Donnell
Mar 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When reading historical non-fiction one has to have a little bit of skepticism as history can be perceived in so many ways. This doesn't mean that the research isn't valid, but it does mean that through a different view, the circumstances could appear otherwise. With that said, this book is definitely plausible. If you take everything as fact, it actually makes a lot of sense when you really look back on the entire story. Jackie Kennedy most certainly had to have developed PTSD. I mean, when you ...more
Oct 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pulitzer-nominated biographer Heymann delivers a gawk-worthy beach read with this fascinating look at Jackie and the Kennedy clan in the aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination. Life for JFK and Jackie was less than perfect; one story finds him cheating on Jackie during their 1953 Acapulco honeymoon, leaving the new Mrs. Kennedy "by herself on the verandah." Still, Jackie's devastation was real; afterward, her love for his brother Bobby was equally genuine. Unable to find peace (her Georget ...more
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow so much you didn't know. For example, that JFK had paternity tests done on Caroline and John when HE was the one with innumerable affairs. Jackie had her share and evidently put a little bit of uncertainty in Jack. My question is what would he have done had they come back as a different father??
At some point, I said, man I need a score card. Then shortly after said, this is really sad. In some instances quite surprising (Andy Williams & wife). In others quite believable and expected (Ma
Oct 03, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Much of what was included within Bobby and Jackie was a rehash of everything we have ever read about the assasinations of JFK and RFK. The news here are the years in between which saw a love relationship blossom between the mourning widow and brother of JFK. And, now I can understand how Jackie was able to stay so thin - according to this book she was keeping Bobby, Aristotle Onasis and at least one other man satisfied at all times. How did she manage not to get pregnant again? As you can tell, ...more
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read it for a couple weeks while commuting to work and it kept my interest. I was not expecting a truly accurate portrayal or a piece of real journalism. I was expecting it to just be entertaining. And that was all I was looking for. I think the main problem with these types of books is that people are expecting a great work of accurate reporting. I just looked at it and thought, "Oohh! Fun!"

I love any good Kennedy sort of scandal or story, so this was right up
Yelda Basar Moers
I read a review of this book in a major magazine and felt compelled to read it. The writer did a good job gathering reporting, but ultimately I felt the book didn't come together because it wasn't really about the love story. There wasn't a narrative that followed the relationship, from its burgeoning moment until its end. It was basically a biography of Jackie and Bobby, run parallel in one book, with occasional highlights of their love affair. But other than telling us that Jackie adored him, ...more
Feb 21, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I always enjoy reading gossip about the Kennedy family, and this book was quintessential gossip. The author makes a good case for the issue that Jackie Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy, her husband's brother, had an affair in the wake of JFK's assassination. However, from my understanding, a lot of the people he quotes in the book have passed away, so there's no way to truly confirm if there's any truth to the Jackie/Bobby love affair.

Still, this book is a very quick, easy, enjoyable read with lots of
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having recently read Killing Kennedy and several other books about the Kennedy family, I have developed an interest in reading more about the Kennedy's. Bobby and Jackie was recommended to me. Although I felt it would mostly be more of "gossip" type of non-fiction book I found out that many things that I had read in the previous Kennedy related books tied into this book. It was interesting to read about the similarities and differences between John and Bobby as brothers and also learn much more ...more
Jul 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In less than 200 very readable pages, the author covers the relationship of Bobby Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy, and what an eye opener the book is about their “family” images, their predilections, the whole era---obviously widely known only in their own circles and kept out of the press for the most part. This book doesn't duplicate much printed about the Kennedys; however, it certainly sheds new light on Jackie, her marriage, her relationships with other men, and her relationships with Bobby ...more
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C. David Heymann is the internationally known author of such New York Times bestselling books as The Georgetown Ladies' Social Club; RFK: A Candid Biography of Robert F. Kennedy; Poor Little Rich Girl: The Life and Legend of Barbara Hutton; and A Woman Named Jackie: An Intimate Biography of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. Three of his works have been made into award-winning NBC-TV miniseries. ...more
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