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After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family - 1968 to the Present Hardcover – April 24, 2012
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The book covers a variety of issues: Jackie's re-marriage to Aristotle Onassis, Ted's presidential ambitions thwarted by the accident at Chappaquiddick when he ran his car over a bridge and the passenger with him drowned, Rosemary's--JFK's sister's--life-long problems following an ill-advised lobotomy done at Joseph's behest, Eunice Kennedy's support of Special Olympics and charity endeavors aimed at people with special needs, her husband Sarge's unsuccessful run for vice-president (for most of his life, his political ambitions were blocked by Ted at every turn) and his support of the Peace Corps, William Kennedy Smith's alleged rape scandal, Michael Kennedy's skiing accident, David Kennedy's drug abuse, as well as JFK Jr.'s life, his relationship with Carolyn, and ultimately their tragic demise. The book ends as Caroline Kennedy dips her toes in politics, and quickly decides that her family name isn't enough foundation on which to build a career now. So is this the end of the Kennedy dynasty? J.Randy Taraborrelli carefully tackles all the developments in the last couple of decades, and attempts to answer this question.Read more ›
I am from Massachusetts and always followed politics closely - I thought I knew all there was to know about the Kennedy's - this book proved me wrong. The actions surrounding Rosemary, the eldest daughter, and what I had understood about her condition were wrong - the truth is much more interesting! The forgiveness that Joan (who is consoled by President Bush at Ted's funeral with words that should have been said to her year's ago) would find for Ted is inspirational. The dedication Eunice made to her charities is heartwarming. And, we see a true human side to Jackie (who was closer to the Kennedy's after Jack's assasination than I realized).
The commitment this family has made to performing charitable work is most admirable - even when the children were teenagers they were expected to go out and help those less fortunate. It is a shame that the actions of a few of grandchildren have painted all the 3rd generation cousins with the same negative brush - for the most part they really are decent, committed, and hard-working people.Read more ›
I had a hard time to put After Camelot down. As with all J. Randy Taraborrelli's books, I find myself drawn into the book as I read it. I feel the sorrow they feel during the tragic times and the joy they feel during the happy times. Having very limited knowledge of the Kennedy family and empire, I came away from this book with a complete account of their political as well as their personal lives. I found it extremely heartwarming to get to know the sisters and the in-laws of the Kennedy clan as well as the succeeding generations.
I laughed and cried throughout the entire book as I read it. It is, overall, a heartwarming, real, account of a highly public and political family, but at the end of the book I found myself realizing that they are also just human.
For anyone even slightly interested in the Kennedy family, like I was, I strongly recommend this book.
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This was the most thorough book I've ever read/listened to on the Kennedy family. The high highs and low lows this family has had are incredibly touching. Read morePublished 3 months ago by BPhillips
My first Kennedy book. Gave great insight to the lives of all the members of the Kennedy family. Highly recommend.Published 5 months ago by Devan
I've read many works about the lives of JFK, RFK, and the Kennedy family, and Taraborrelli's book is definitely one of the better ones. Read morePublished 6 months ago by LMP81
This should be renamed Sargent Shriver. Too much was written about him. I firmy believe these folks risk-taking contributed to their tragedies, not a curse. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bonnie Nelson
Outstanding reading if your enjoyment is reading about the Kennedy families.Published 9 months ago by JULIE K.