This certainly isn't a psychological study. Neither does it dish any dirt. One can tell going in that this book is about the good things we learned from Jackie. I'm sure I'll be reading the dirt in due time.
Meanwhile, this is a pleasant, rather lightweight book that reminds me of someone's perfectly adequate research paper, complete with a number of endnotes. If it was a student paper, I would be pleased--it's well-organized, and many of the paragraphs follow the classic 5-sentence format. However, this makes it a bit bland. The "What Jackie Taught Us" sections that conclude each themed chapter are neither compelling nor brilliant, though the information they are based upon is probably very accurate.
My favorite page in the book is the title page, which juxtaposes the necessary words with a lovely black-and-white photo of a young, smiling Jackie in riding togs. I don't mean to damn it with faint praise, but there you are.
Excerpt:Although faced with a rare, united front of opposition from both her parents, Jackie refused to be discouraged. Studying abroad was not a whimsical wish in her mind; this was something that really mattered to her. Jackie felt she had earned the courage of her convictions, as she had treated her trip to Europe the previous summer as an opportunity to learn, not just to sightsee. Prior to leaving for Europe, she read history books and studied French, German, and Italian in order to be fully prepared to gain as much knowledge as possible. She was determined to return to the continent and would not be discouraged.