Jacqueline Bouvier: An Intimate Memoir

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Critical Acclaim for Jacqueline Bouvier John Davis's intimate memoir of his beloved first cousin "Readers longing for a dignified and elegant approach to Jackie's early years will enjoy this biographical gem by John H. Davis." --Boston Herald "Goes a long way to highlight the formative influence of her privileged back-ground and her warm relationship with her father, the philandering Jack (Black Jack) Bouvier." --Los Angeles Times "Re-creates a colorful, fast-fading slice of American life as it flourished in the shadows of toll hedges and long lineages." --The Miami Herald "The most charming and reliable in the batch [of Jackie books] is Davis's memoir." --The Atlanta Journal and Constitution "Entertaining, a guilty pleasure." --The Associated Press "This tender memoir of Jackie's early years sheds much light on the future woman we all wanted to know but never could." --The Star-Ledger (Newark)

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As a child, author John H. Davis spent summers with Jackie and the Bouviers and was like a member of the family. In this, his third book on the aristocratic clan, Davis covers Jackie's life until her first wedding. Mr. Davis possessed great disdain for Jackie's mother and includes many nasty details about her--including how she hired a young woman to trap her husband in verifiable infidelity. He also writes that a close friend of Jackie's father later moved to Texas and became the "principal mentor and friend" to Lee Harvey Oswald--a revelation that puts a new twist on the conspiracy theory.

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A fascinating biography of the former first lady written by a member of the Bouvier family. Focusing on the formative years before the White House, the book offers a vibrant portrait of Jackie's milieu and family life from her years as a child of privilege in Long Island to her 1952 Newport "Wedding of the Year," to Senator John F. Kennedy. Features insights based on letters from Jackie's father, John V."Black Jack" Bouvier, to Jackie into not just the father-daughter relationship, but into Jackie's personality, which would later captivate millions around the globe. Includes vintage photographs of Jackie and the Bouvier family and friends.

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