Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Nemesis: The True Story

I read Peter Evans's book, Nemesis, back in the late eighties.  The story of the love affair of Jackie Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis, it was very interesting.  But a couple of weeks ago, Mother recommended Evans's sequel, Nemesis: The True Story.  He wrote it in 2005 (don't know how I missed it!) and includes many more details of Jackie's personal life.

"You won't believe it, Brenda," Mother said, "I've never seen anything like it!"

Mother was right.  According to the book:

Jackie was money-hungry.  Next to her children, money was the single most important thing in the world to her.

She had an affair with actor William Holden.  When she became pregnant with the first child she lost, she didn't know if the baby was his or her husband's.  President Kennedy believed the baby was Holden's until the day he died.

Her affair with Aristotle Onassis began before President Kennedy died and only six weeks after she lost her last child (a boy, Patrick Bouvier, who died a few days after he was born).  She snatched Ari from the bed of her sister, Lee, who had planned to wed him herself.

Shortly after JFK's death, Jackie began a long-term affair with brother-in-law Bobby.  But that didn't keep her from sleeping with Ari and other rich men, juggling several at a time.

And here's the kicker:  Aristotle Onassis financed the killing of Bobby Kennedy.  Sirhan Sirhan merely pulled the trigger.   

This book is a real page-turner.  If you, like me, are interested in anything and everything about the Kennedys, you will not be disappointed.

Yes, I'm a murderer.  I'm a thief. 
But I am also a millionaire and powerful.
  ~Aristotle Onassis~


met said...

Can this be TRUE? Can it? Of all things.

judy said...

Geez, next you're gonna tell me there's no Santa Claus! I don't want to believe it! Maybe we should get rid of the messenger!!

Judy said...

Hey- thought about how that might sound!! 'by the messenger' I meant the book author!! Joke!! I should learn never to write late at night! Love you, Brenda!! Your blog is always so much fun- and heartwarming!! Definitely a favorite!!

Brenda said...

I knew what you meant, Judy. :) Thanks, dear friend!

C.S. said...

I read a bio of Jackie back in the 70s, can't really remember the title/author. But it painted a similar picture of her -- and the one thing I'll never forget is that she DEMANDED silk sheets at any place she stayed while traveling. Basically, it portrayed a very rich, spoiled, selfish woman.

Will have to check out the book you referred to!

Brenda said...

I read about the silk sheets, too. At home, she demanded that the sheets be changed every day. If she took a nap, they had to be changed again, which means her poor maid had to sometimes change them twice a day!

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