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Think you know the real Barack Obama? You don't---not until you've read The Amateur. In this stunning expose, bestselling author Edward Klein (a contributing editor to Vanity Fair) former foreign editor of Newsweek, and former editor-in-chief of the New York Times Magazine pulls back the curtain on one of the most secretive White Houses in history. He reveals a callow, thin-skinned, arrogant president with messianic dreams of grandeur supported by a cast of true-believers, all of them united by leftist politics and an amateurish understanding of executive leadership. In The Amateur you'll discover: Why the so-called centrist Obama is actually in revolt against the values of the society he was elected to lead. Why Bill Clinton loathes Barack Obama and tried to get Hillary to run against him in 2012. The spiteful rivalry between Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey. How Obama split the Kennedy family. How Obama has taken more of a personal role in making foreign policy than any president since Richard Nixon---with disastrous results. How Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett are the real powers behind the White House throne. The Amateur is a reporter's book, buttressed by nearly 200 interviews, many of them with the insiders who know Obama best. The result is the most important political book of the year. You will never look at Barack Obama the same way again.
She was perhaps the most famous, most scrutinized, most talked about woman of our century. From the moment Jacqueline Kennedy stepped into the White House, she inspired a generation of Americans and changed the face of a nation. But underneath the glitter and the hype, just who was Jackie? Now, in this carefully detailed chronicle, Edward Klein, the former editor in chief of The New York Times Magazine, bestselling author of All Too Human: The Love Story of Jack and Jackie Kennedy, and friend of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis for many years, tells the story of Jackie's best years as it has never been told before, shedding an entire new light on her enduring legacy. Edward Klein has amassed a wealth of exclusive information from private documents and correspondence, FBI files, and hundreds of interviews with Jackie's friends, the associates of her second husband, Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, and her longtime lover, the mysterious diamond merchant Maurice Templesman. In this extraordinary, myth-shattering book, many people break their silence for the first time, answering dozens of provocative questions: * Why did Jackie marry Onassis? Was it only for the money? * How did she react when Onassis resumed his affair with Maria Callas? * What was the real reason their marriage fell apart? * When Jackie returned to New York, how did she rebuild her future on a tarnished and clouded past? * When did Maurice Templesman enter her life, and what role did he play in helping Jackie build her fortune? * How did Jackie spend her time during those very private New York years? Much more than a portrait of a famous celebrity, Edward Klein's work captures the essence of a captivating woman whose passion for wealth was matched only by her deep need for privacy. In Just Jackie, Klein reveals for the first time how Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis finally found the love and contentment she was searching for all her life.
For the past twenty-five years--first as the blithe spirit of the Today show, then as the only woman ever to anchor a network news program solo--Katie Couric has been a familiar visitor in the homes of millions. Yet, despite all her public exposure, no one--until now--has been able to penetrate the secrets behind her closely guarded personal life and her struggles in the cutthroat world of television news. In this probing portrait of America's news queen, bestselling author Edward Klein rips away the mask that has hidden the many faces of Katie Couric: the strong, independent woman and the needy wife and lover; the grieving widow famed for her kindness to others and the fiercely competitive diva; the consummate television interviewer and the stumbling network anchor. Drawing on scores of interviews with people who have never spoken openly about Couric before, Katie: The Real Story absorbingly chronicles Katie's rise to the top--from her early days at CNN and local television stations (where she was told she'd never succeed) to her phenomenal fifteen-year run on Today. For the first time, Klein reveals the critical role Katie's father played in her risky decision to leave Today for the hallowed anchor chair once occupied by Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather. As Klein makes clear, Katie's road to stardom has been paved with rocky personal relationships: a turbulent marriage to Jay Monahan, who died of colon cancer; testy associations with Today cohosts Bryant Gumbel and Matt Lauer; and several star-crossed love affairs, including one with a man seventeen years her junior. Katie: The Real Storyis a candid portrait of a folksy charmer, loving single mother, cunning businesswoman, feminist icon, and notorious diva. Neither a whitewash nor a hatchet job, it's a truthful, unflinching look at a remarkable woman and the media kingdom she's sought to rule. From the Hardcover edition.
Edward Klein unravels one of the great mysteries of our time and explains why the Kennedys have been subjected to such a mind-boggling chain of calamities.
This biography of Edward "Ted" Kennedy provides a more balanced portrait of the man than previous volumes by exploring both his achievements as a congressional leader and the more troubling events in his life. Klein, former editor of Newsweek and author of several Kennedy family biographies, reveals some of the more personal and secretive chapters in Kennedy's life such as his battle to overcome drinking and womanizing and volatile family discussions concerning Mary Jo Kopechne, the woman who died in the infamous Chappaquiddick incident. General readers will also appreciate the focus on recent events in the senator's life such as his battle with brain cancer and Caroline Kennedy's interest and eventual dismissal of Hillary Clinton's vacant New York Senate seat. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
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