"William Kuhn reveals the Jackie I knew as a person and professional: serious, smart, intuitive about ideas and aesthetics, but also down to earth in the sense of understanding the potential audience for a book. In "Reading Jackie" I learned so much about her I didn't know, and Kuhn tells the story with such flowing grace of phrase and structure. A splendid work."
"Jackie appears (as she was) a well-liked, respected colleague, often slyly funny and not given to showboating ... Seeing Jackie kneeling on her office floor going through page layouts gives us a new image to keep that myth alive ... If we're going to have a myth, why not one with her nose in a book?"
--"The Washington Post"
"Unexpectedly and intelligently dishy ... In the end, this is quite a fascinating portrait of a complex woman, who had the interests and enthusiasms of her class and was allowed to indulge those passions with singular force and focus."
--"The Boston Globe"
"A revealing, readable, and insightful book. Readers of biographies of iconic figures will eat this up ... Kuhn's respectful approach would probably have met with Onassis's approval."
"A clever, surprisingly substantial take on the life of Jaqueline Onassis ... Both respectful and scintillating."
"Kuhn describes in fascinating detail the final third of Jackie's life and argues persuasively that the books she edited or helped bring to publication shed light on her inner life, forming an autobiography of sorts ... Kuhn's originality of research is striking. Many of his interviews were conducted with Jackie's colleagues, authors and friends, and they often provided him with fresh and intriguing details about her life ... A treat for bibliophiles and Jackiephiles -- and especially for those for whom those interests overlap -- Kuhn's insightful book sheds welcome light on a vital, and previously neglected, aspect of her life."
"The best way to get beyond the well-beaten ground of the facts of [Jackie's] life is absolutely through her books ... Kuhn definitely did his research, interviewing former colleagues, friends, and authors, and they sing like birds ... In the end we all have our own frame of reference for Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, debutante, queen of Camelot, socialite, widow, kingmaker, and editor of books. She was so much more than that pink suit. I believe she led the last generation of icons of whom we demanded substance. Book publishing is slow to change, so if you want some fly-on-the-wall insight, you'll still get it in "Reading Jackie," as well as Jackie-dish you won't find anywhere else."
"--The Austin Chronicle
"A surprisingly insightful and intriguing look at the woman behind the glamorous faCade ... This is not a startling exposE, but a graceful, perceptive and respectful look (with a bit of behind-the-scenes eavesdropping) at a most unlikely working girl ... Through the book topics she chose and the literary relationships she cultivated, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, while never an open book, is strikingly revealed--at least in elegant cameo relief."
"William Kuhn provides a thorough, well-researched, and insightful biography that focuses on [Jackie's] life as editor, but incorporates it as the centerpiece for understanding the fullness of this woman of unsurpassed celebrity who developed a life and career of her own. She emerges as an accomplished editor as well as perhaps America's most iconic woman of the 20th century."
"--The Post and Courier
"A fascinating window into an aspect of Jackie Kennedy Onassis that few of us know."
"In his impeccably researched book, Kuhn unearths plenty of juicy revelations... Enlightening and surprising... "Reading Jackie" [is] a fascinating book."
--"The Buffalo News
"This is a rigorously researched book that doesn't shrink from having a go at the question that Gloria Steinem once asked "Ms. Magazine," 'Why does this woman work?'"