What Jackie Taught Us: Lessons from the Remarkable Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Flaherty, Tina Santi. What Jackie Taught Us: Lessons from the Remarkable Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Perigee: Putnam. 2004. c.256p. ISBN 0-399-52988-8. $19.95. SELF-HELP

Former Colgate-Palmolive VP Flaherty (Talk Your Way to the Top) fairly idolizes Camelot’s First Lady. In chapters padded with cursory biographical snippets, she purports to explore what Jackie “taught” the world. Take, for instance, the chapter “Men and Marriage,” wherein readers learn that Jackie made herself attractive and “followed her heart.” Much is made of the “beautiful, cultured, and intelligent” icon of our collective (and idealized) cultural memory. Instead of wasting money on this hardcover trifle, commemorate the tenth anniversary of Jackie’s death by dusting off some respectable biographies, e.g., Sarah Bradford’s America’s Queen: A Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis or even Pamela Clarke Keogh’s photographic Jackie Style.

This review appeared in Library Journal 129.9 on May 15, 2004 (p.103); the galley was shredded and recycled on October 9, 2012.

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