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This is an auction for JACK AND JACKIE: PORTRAIT OF AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE by Christopher Andersen.

"Andersen, author of unauthorized biographies of Madonna and Michael Jackson, here chronicles the relationship between Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy. He starts with brief chapters on the early forces that impinged on their later life together: in his case, his father's money, competitiveness, and philandering; in hers, her mother's coldness, her father's philandering, and her need for money. The book is based on many interviews, though those closest to the Kennedys have kept mum. Andersen's is a surprisingly sympathetic view of the two principals (though he uses lots of anecdotes from the venomously anti-Kennedy writer Gore Vidal). This is good gossip."
- Library Journal (US) review:

"FIVE STARS!!! Christopher Andersen chronicles the childhoods of both Jack Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy and then examines the fabled marriage - a great American love story, as he calls it. Andersen suggests that had it not been for reasons of personal gain, the two would never have married. She would never have married him if he hadn't been rich, and he would never have married her if his father hadn't insisted for career reasons. Andersen, who has also authored books on Madonna and Mick Jagger, contends that Jackie's sheer glamour and poise helped maintain the illusion, even in the most difficult of times."

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Hardback 1996.

400 pages + photographs.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

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