They were the original power couple - outlandishly rich, impossibly attractive, and endlessly fascinating. Now, in this rare, behind-the-scenes portrait of the Kennedys in their final year together, NewYork Times best-selling biographer Christopher Andersen shows us a side of JFK and Jackie we’ve never seen before. Tender, intimate, complex, and, at times, explosive, theirs is a love story unlike any other - filled with secrets, scandals, and bombshells that could never be fully revealed…until now.
Andersen reveals stunning new details about the Kennedys’ rumored affairs - hers as well as his - and how they ultimately overcame all odds to save their marriage; the president’s many premonitions of his own death and how he repeatedly tried to pull out of his last fateful trip to Dallas; shocking revelations about how the couple, unaware of the dangers, became dependent on amphetamine injections, the real reason - according to his longtime personal physician - for JFK’s notorious libido, how the tragic death of their infant son Patrick led to an emotional outpouring from the president that surprised even their closest friends - and brought JFK and Jackie closer than they had ever been, and touching firsthand accounts of the family’s most private moments, before and after the assassination.
Drawing on hundreds of interviews conducted with the Kennedys’ inner circle - from family members and lifelong friends to key advisers and political confidants - Andersen takes us deeper inside the world of the president and his first lady than ever before. Unsparing yet sympathetic, bigger than life but all too real, These Few Precious Days captures the ups and downs of a marriage, a man, and a woman, the memories of which will continue to fascinate and inspire for generations to come.
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The SECRETS of Camelot~ Kennedy bios~ 5 STAR
A fascinating perspective
I could stop listening to this book. It provided a unique and fascinating perspective on this legendary couple, but simultaneously humanized them in a way that I have not experienced in any other books on this topic. They are portrayed as two beautiful, intelligent, and flawed individuals navigating both personal and historical highs and lows. It was incredibly interesting, beautiful, and tragic - just like "September Song" the poignant song which gives the book its title.
Of course there were many memorable excerpts, but the part that spoke the most to me was how the tragic loss of their newborn, Patrick, brought them closer than ever in the months before the assassination.
Robertson Dean was the perfect narrator for this book, in my opinion. It required his unque combination of sensitivity and gravitas.
It was all very moving.
I really enjoyed this book even though it was so heartbreaking.
- E. Falk