Americana: Situation Wanted, References Available

Nobody can say she didn't try. Two years ago Jacqueline Onassis joined Viking Press as a consulting editor. Several months ago, however, Viking purchased a potboiler entitled Shall We Tell the President?, a fictional account of an assassination attempt on Teddy Kennedy. "When told of the book, I tried to separate my lives as a Viking employee and a Kennedy relative," said Jackie. Last week New York Times Critic John Leonard called the book "trash" and in a cutting aside added: "Any body associated with its publication should be ashamed of herself." Jackie's resolve dwindled. Said she: "When it was suggested...

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