Synopses & Reviews
She was a woman of confidence and passion who drew on a remarkable wealth of self-knowledge and a sense of purpose to cope with extraordinary public demands and overwhelming private needs.
What Jackie Taught Us offers insights from the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis about how to live with poise, grace, and zest, including wisdom about image and style, courage and vision, men, marriage, and motherhood. This Commemorative Edition features contributions from notable individuals amplifying the ways in which Jackieand#8217;s life has influenced themand#151;and society at largeand#151;over the past several decades, including:
Liz Smith, columnist and author of Natural Blonde: and#147;The most attractive, exasperating, intelligent, frustrating historical icon ever. She was the First Lady to end all First Ladies for never giving herself away.and#8221;
Edna Oand#8217;Brien, author of Country Girl: A Memoir: and#147;She went through life veiled, and left it with her stardust intact.and#8221;
A.E. Hotchner, author of Papa Hemingway: and#147;From the moment Jackie fell in love with Kennedy, her first love, it was a love that never wavered. She knew from the start that she was in a very green pastureand#151;greener than any that may be beyond.and#8221;
Kent Barwick, President Emeritus, Municipal Art Society of New York: and#147;Jackie will always be remembered for saving Grand Central. But the enduring even greater gift to the country was [Jackieand#8217;s] willingness to stand up for what she believed even if it meant confronting those in power.and#8221;
Malachy McCourt, author of Malachy McCourtand#8217;s History of Ireland: and#147;She used the charismatic power of her charm not only on the men in her life, but to gain new respect worldwide for these United States.and#8221;
Marguerite Kelly, syndicated columnist and coauthor of The Motherand#8217;s Almanac: and#147;She was and#145;the Presenceand#8217; that young mothers needed during such a turbulent timeand#133;we did our best to make our children look and act like Caroline and John-John.and#8221;
Allen Packwood, director of the Churchill Archives at the University of Cambridge: and#147;If Churchill was a lion, then Jacqueline Kennedy was a lionessand#133;she too became a symbol of human and moral courage.and#8221;
Dr. Andrew Roberts, FRSL, author of Napoleon and Wellington and The Battle of Waterloo: and#147;and#133;she possessed a self-confidence that permitted her to achieve things that others and#150; even those with apparently equal abilities and#150; might have eschewed even the effort to try.and#8221;
Hank Oand#8217;Neal, photographer and author of XCIAand#8217;s Street Art Project: The First Four Decades: and#147;The portrait ( I took of her) shows a strong and confident womanand#133;. Nothing is forced; this was just the way she was on a day in December 1979, projecting an elegant image into a very old-fashioned camera.and#8221;
Ashton Hawkins, Former Executive Vice President and Counsel to the Trustees, Metropolitan Museum of Art: and#147;When Jackie died of cancer on May 19th, 1994 all of America came together to mourn her death. Seven years later the Metropolitan Museum and its director, Philippe de Montebello, were proud to celebrate her life with a memorial exhibition: and#145;Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Yearsand#8217;and#8221;.
Declan Kiely, Robert H. Taylor Curator and Department Head, Literary and Historical Manuscripts, The Morgan Library and Museum: and#147;Without Jackieand#8217;s unwavering focus the Kennedy Library may never have been completed. She spearheaded the fund-raisingand#133; and worked indefatigably as the building project weathered planning controversies, site-switching, and successive reprogramming.and#8221;
Lynne Olson, author of Citizens of London and Those Angry Days: and#147;The power of words was extremely important to her, as it was to me; so was the joy of learning something new. All her life, she possessed an endlessly inquiring mind.and#8221;
Jennifer J. Raab, President of Hunter College, City University of New York: and#147;.As a young woman growing up when the place of women in American society was undergoing sweeping changes, I and others could look to her as a model of strength and independence -- someone who proved it was possible to be famous, glamorous and serious at the same time.and#8221;
C.D. Greene, fashion designer: and#147;Even though it has been more than fifty years since she and President Kennedy occupied the White House, it is the image of this handsome young couple that has endured. And most especially the image of Jackie and#150; the striking, slender brunette, with her, and#147;wide-set, leonine eyesand#8221; and her confident and#150; challenging, even and#150; gaze.and#8221;
This edition also includes the complete text of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedyand#8217;s special tribute to his sister-in-law at her funeral on May 23, 1994.
An illuminating look at what made Jackie Kennedy one of the most magnetic, enchanting, and enduring American legends. Included are Jackie's own personal lessons for managing a family and living with courage and style.
She was a woman of confidence, focus, and passion, and it made her one of the world's greatest sources of inspiration and influence. She drew on a remarkable wealth of self-knowledge and a sense of purpose to cope with extraordinary public demands and overwhelming private needs. How can anyone emulate Jackie?
What Jackie Taught Us offers Jackie's own personal lessons about how best to live one's life with poise, grace, and zest, including wisdom about image and style, courage and vision, men, marriage, motherhood, and motivation, and how best to apply those lessons to everyday life. With the shining example of this American icon, we can illuminate who we are, what we want—and what we truly need from ourselves and each other.
About the Author
A longtime admirer of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassisand#151;and for many years a neighbor in the same New York apartment buildingand#151;Clementina (Tina) Santi Flaherty
, author, philanthropist, and businesswoman, is a former radio and TV broadcaster who went on to become the first female corporate vice president of three of Americaand#8217;s largest corporations: Colgate-Palmolive, Grey Advertising, and GTE (now Verizon).
Tina is the recipient of many awards and honors including an honorary doctorate from St. Johnand#8217;s University and an Equal People Award sponsored by the U.N. Decade for Women. She was also selected by the National Conference of Christians and Jews as and#147;An Extraordinary Woman of Achievement.and#8221;
She is an active board member for the Irish Repertory Theatre, the Animal Medical Center, the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation Inc., and the Churchill Centre.
Tina is also the author of The Savvy Womanand#8217;s Success Bible (with Kay Gilman) and Talk Your Way to the Top. She lives in New York City with her two dogs, Jackie and Scarlett.