What Jackie Taught Us (Revised and Expanded

What Jackie Taught Us (Revised and Expanded

Lessons from the Remarkable Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Introduction by L iz Smith

Introduction by:

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  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780399167607
  • 336 Pages
  • Perigee Books
  • Adult


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 Jackie’s life has influenced them—and society at large—over the past several decades, including:

Liz Smith, columnist and author of Natural Blonde: “The most attractive, exasperating, intelligent, frustrating historical icon ever. She was the First Lady to end all First Ladies for never giving herself away.”

Edna O’Brien, author of Country Girl: A Memoir: “She went through life veiled, and left it with her stardust intact.”

A.E. Hotchner, author of Papa Hemingway: “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 pasture—greener than any that may be beyond.”

Kent Barwick, President Emeritus, Municipal Art Society of New York: “Jackie will always be remembered for saving Grand Central. But the enduring even greater gift to the country was [Jackie’s] willingness to stand up for what she believed even if it meant confronting those in power.”

Malachy McCourt, author of Malachy McCourt’s History of Ireland: “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.”

Marguerite Kelly, syndicated columnist and coauthor of The Mother’s Almanac: “She was ‘the Presence’ that young mothers needed during such a turbulent time…we did our best to make our children look and act like Caroline and John-John.”

Allen Packwood, director of the Churchill Archives at the University of Cambridge: “If Churchill was a lion, then Jacqueline Kennedy was a lioness…she too became a symbol of human and moral courage.”

Dr. Andrew Roberts, FRSL, author of Napoleon and Wellington and The Battle of Waterloo: “…she possessed a self-confidence that permitted her to achieve things that others – even those with apparently equal abilities – might have eschewed even the effort to try.”

Hank O’Neal, photographer and author of XCIA’s Street Art Project: The First Four Decades: “The portrait ( I took of her) shows a strong and confident woman…. 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.”

Ashton Hawkins, Former Executive Vice President & Counsel to the Trustees, Metropolitan Museum of Art: “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: ‘Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years’”.

Declan Kiely, Robert H. Taylor Curator and Department Head, Literary and Historical Manuscripts, The Morgan Library & Museum: “Without Jackie’s unwavering focus the Kennedy Library may never have been completed. She spearheaded the fund-raising… and worked indefatigably as the building project weathered planning controversies, site-switching, and successive reprogramming.”

Lynne Olson, author of Citizens of London and Those Angry Days: “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.”

Jennifer J. Raab, President of Hunter College, City University of New York: “.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.”

C.D. Greene, fashion designer: “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 – the striking, slender brunette, with her, “wide-set, leonine eyes” and her confident – challenging, even – gaze.”

This edition also includes the complete text of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s special tribute to his sister-in-law at her funeral on May 23, 1994.
What Jackie Taught Us (Revised and Expanded

What Jackie Taught Us (Revised and Expanded

Tina Santi Flaherty, Introduction by: Liz Smith


“Tina has put together a dazzling collection of writers between the covers of this work which gives us one of the best of varied photos and articles about Jackie.”
—Liz Smith, Huffington Post

“This unusual and fascinating biography is a primer on to how to live not a perfect but an authentic, courageous, and purposeful life. What Jackie Taught Us is a must-read for admirers of Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis. Even those versed in her life will find that Flaherty has unearthed new and personal stories about this already much-documented woman.”
—Dolce Dolce

“Almost 20 years have passed since Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died from non-Hodgkins lymphoma, but her glamorous legacy lives on in What Jackie Taught Us. Written by Jackie’s one-time neighbor Tina Santi Flaherty, the book is a must-read for anyone fascinated with the famed first lady, with essays, insights and observations from notables like Liz Smith, C.D. Green and Malachy McCourt. ”
—Miami Herald

To women of my generation, Jacqueline Kennedy was the gold standard for the ideal woman.…She made it socially acceptable for a woman to be both smart and beautiful, creating a durable role model for women like Sheryl Sandberg and Melissa Myer to eventually follow. 
What Jackie Taught Us…has been reissued with  wonderful comments by  people who knew her. Friends like Hemingway biographer A.E. Hotchner, and columnist Liz Smith  share their “Jackie” stories that remind us of her poise, grace and zest for living. In addition to decoding her timeless fashion, the author details the powerful and lasting impact Jackie had on American culture. What Jackie Taught Us is a perfect weekend read…”– Fashion Flash

 ”Re-released to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of Onassis’s death, this version of What Jackie Taught Us includes a series of new essays that represent an important contribution to not only Flaherty’s book, but also to “Jackie studies” in general. It’s a treat to have the legacy of someone who’s so seldom considered seriously (so often she’s reduced to dresses and hats) reevaluated by the likes of Edna O’Brien, Allen Packwood, and Malachy McCourt. And Liz Smith’s preface is a downright gem.
Twenty years after her death, we’re still curious about Jackie. From Flaherty’s book, we get some clues as to why. –NewBooksinBiography.com

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/28/4080470/hot-stuff-celebrities-love.html#storylink=cpy



Yesterday the Writing Center and Roosevelt House at Hunter College celebrated the launch of Perigee’s What Jackie Taught Us: Lessons from the Remarkable Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis by… Read more >