A speaker at seven presidential libraries, columnist for USA Today and Dow Jones/MarketWatch, and one of the most followed journalists in the White House press corps-with more than 375,000 Twitter followers (@WestWingReport)-Paul Brandus is the author of two books on the White House and presidency: Under This Roof: The White House and the Presidency (Lyons Press, 2015) and This Day in Presidential History (Bernan Press, 2017). He has worked in network television, as a Moscow-based correspondent, and in the asset management business. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area.
"How can there still be things to learn about Jackie Kennedy, one
of the world's most scrutinized women? Paul Brandus manages to do
that by exploring the five years between the death of John F.
Kennedy and her marriage to Aristotle Onassis, an event that
shocked many who revered her. This dishy, insidery account explains
what was happening behind the scenes." -- Susan Page, Washington
Bureau Chief of USA Today, and author of "The Matriarch: Barbara
Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty"
"Jackie Kennedy was the most private of public figures, yet Paul Brandus has managed to paint a full portrait of his fascinating subject through her most painful years, 1963 to 1968. Widowed at age thirty-four by an assassin's bullets, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy helped a nation mourn the loss of its popular young president with enormous strength and class. But Jackie was now alone and shattered; she had to make a new life for herself and her children when Americans and the rest of the world wanted her to hold onto the past. Beautifully written, powerful, and deeply moving, this book traces Jackie's evolution from a grief-stricken First Lady to the wife of one of the world's wealthiest men, Aristotle Onassis. It's a wrenching journey you will understand much better after reading this marvelous volume." -- Larry Sabato, Director of University of Virginia's Center for Politics, and author of the New York Times bestseller The Kennedy Half-Century
"We all know Jackie, or think we do, especially those of us more or less of her era-who saw her come of age in The White House; suffered impossibly with her pain and grief when her husband was gunned down in the prime of his life and power; and then, stunningly, married what appeared to be a most improbable successor to this godlike president. Now, finally, thanks to the unswerving research and graceful, luminous writing of Paul Brandus, this all becomes so much clearer, and in many ways both uplifting and crushing. A monumental work not to be missed on Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, a woman for her time and ours." -- David A. Andelman, former New York Times & CBS correspondent, author of "A Red Line in the Sand"
"You'll be hooked from the very first line!" -- Dori Toribo, Washington Post
"With great humanity and a fresh eye for detail, Paul Brandus succeeds in bringing Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to life in this engaging biography, and capturing readers' imagination with the story of the iconic figure we thought we knew. The result is an accessible page turner about a painful and ultimately transformative era in her life, as well as a primer on modern American politics and history. Brandus shows how valuable a fresh look at an historic figure can be." -- Abi Wright, Executive Director, Professional Prizes, Columbia University
"She is one of the most recognized women in American history, but what was really beneath the surface of the gorgeous and stoic Jackie Kennedy? Paul Brandus explains all in riveting detail by examining the woman she became, on her own terms, between her famous marriages." -- Amanda Carpenter, CNN contributor, author, and "The Bulwark" political columnist