Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books (August 6, 2013)
“The days dwindle down, to a precious few . . .” —from “September Song,” JFK’s favorite
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, #1 New York Times bestselling 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. Including:
· 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, and how the White House hid his many serious medical problems from the public
· 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
· 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 advisors and political confidantes—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.
This book was a very personal view of JFK and Jackie during the final year of Jack Kennedy's life. The title alone made me know it would not be a "happy" book to read, yet in many ways... it was.
Nothing is left untouched in the book and yet nothing that is said changes my mind that JFK and Jackie were the very last in the White House that I found I looked up to and and glad I was old enough to remember them.
The book doesn't let you forget that JFK was a womanizer but because Jackie knew and never gave up on him I always found that I forgave him too.. It just did not effect what he did as President. I admire how he continued to work thru pain that was crippling but felt sorry that the only way he could go on was because of "Dr Feelgood".. who shot him up with pain killers. My true feeling is that he wouldn't have lived long enough for a second term had he not been assassinated.
Of course the happiest for the two of them was cut short by his murder. So the book had sad and happy times, most would say: like everyone else, but truly it wasn't like everyone else.
I have always said that whenever I read a book about Kennedy I learn at least one thing I didn't know.. this time among my enlightenments is this: "Much to the amusement of those who knew him, the President groused constantly about money..even though he had such little need for his $100,000. Presidential salary that he donated the entire amount to charity."
Somehow I don't think any of those hoping to become President would do the same.
Although through the years "rumors" told a lot of the Kennedy's private life this book seems to confirm or deny most of them.