and somehow it is only today that i think to google the original 2000 NYT review of america's queen, and see that it ends on this note:
Unfortunately, Bradford is not culturally sympathetic with her American subject. In fact, I'd bet my Burberry that she thinks America is ''bad tweed.'' A constitutionally British condescension toward Americans shimmies throughout the text of ''America's Queen.''
Until Jacqueline Kennedy became first lady in 1961, Bradford writes, ''glamour was a commodity singularly lacking in contemporary American politics and, indeed, in American life east of Hollywood.'' In other words, Sarah Bradford to Diana Vreeland, the Duchess of Windsor, Babe Paley et al.: drop dead. Bradford appears to concur with Lady Jean Campbell, who attended President Kennedy's funeral and wired back to The Evening Standard of London her conviction that the first lady had ''given the American people from this day on the one thing they always lacked -- majesty.''
Women's Wear Daily once described Mrs. Onassis as ''the most outstanding woman in the world.'' Bradford writes: ''Outstanding for what, you might ask? Apart from her performance after the assassination, when she 'broke the nation's heart and held the country together,' she did nothing of substance. And yet, through her looks, her style, her mysterious personality, she had a hold on the world's imagination in a way that no one else had. 'Culturally something happened between her and the decade that she lived in,' said Doris Kearns Goodwin, 'and that is what is really interesting to try and figure out.' ''
And that is a book that would be really interesting to read.
i'm a little biased, but having just spent the whole day reading that book, now two days old, i will say: yes, yes it is.