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“Sensitive and astute...intimate and compelling." (Kirkus)

"Andersen has an ear for the telling anecdote and writes in a lively, gossipy style...Andersen cuts to the quick, vividly...the book really, truly, focuses on what the jacket calls "the unbreakable bond between a mother and her child" both of whom led lives "tested by history and tragedy." (The Chicago Tribune)

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Christopher Andersen is the critically acclaimed author of more than fifteen New York Times bestsellers which have been translated into more than twenty-five languages worldwide. Two of his books—The Day Diana Died and The Day John Died (about JFK Jr.)—reached #1. A former contributing editor of Time magazine and longtime senior editor of People magazine, Andersen has also written hundreds of articles for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, Life, and Vanity Fair. Andersen has appeared frequently on such programs as the Today show, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Entertainment Tonight, CBS This Morning, Extra, Access Hollywood, The O’Reilly Factor, Fox & Friends, Hardball, Larry King Live, “E” Entertainment, Inside Edition, and more.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (October 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476775567
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476775562
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Enjoyable read, would recommend to Kennedy lovers.
jennifer presutti
A true account of the relationship between Jackie and JFK jr. The love for her children and protection she desired for them and herself.
Rhonda
A very good read--well written and interesting without being mean and nasty toward the subjects.
Jodi Sanford

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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Samuel on October 30, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I was looking forward to read this book more than any other, that I pre-ordered the audible version of it. I was sorely disappointed.

I have read every book that has even been written about JFK Jr, and there was no new information in this book. Sometimes the author even uses the same words that he used in "The Day John Died." In both books he describes JFK Jr's salute as "history's most famous." His description of Jackie's funeral was also very similar. A lot of material is also borrowed from “Forever Young; My friendship with JFK Jr.”

If you are new to reading about JFK Jr. you would love this book. JFK Jr was the closest thing we as Americans have to royalty and he bore his legacy with dignity and grace that could be attributed to his mother’s upbringing. His whole life is chronicled from his birth as the first child ever born to the President elect; his relationship with his father; the salute which summed up the nation’s grief over his father’s assassination; Jackie’s devotion to keep the memory of his father alive; his relationship with his uncles Bobby and later Ted; his adolescence as a privileged son trying to find his father; the hunk who flunked; his mother’s death; “not just politics as usual”; his top secret marriage to the beautiful Carolyn Bessete; the couple’s thousand days together echoing camelot presidency; and his untimely death at the age of 38.

If you new to reading about JFK Jr, you will not be able to put your book down but if you are an ardent Kennedy fan like I’m, pass this book.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By MysteryAddict on October 30, 2014
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If you're looking for the "most valuable" book to sum up JFK Jr.'s life, then by all means this tome is recommended.

However, if you consider yourself a Kennedy aficianado, I'm recommend passing on this book as I don't find anything terribly new or undiscovered in this book.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By pbl on November 15, 2014
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If you read "The Day John Died" written by the same author in 2000, do not waste your money on this book. It is a clone of the 2000 book. Waste of money for me, certainly a easy .windfall for the author to repeat his 2000 book. Disappointing that this author would stoop so low. As for new information, there is about one page's worth throughout this book that is new and was taken from other books published after his 2000 book. Shame on you Christopher Anderson because you are a good author.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Robin Landry TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 8, 2014
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I've read a lot of books on the Kennedys, but this book has to be one of my new favorites. It's told with such heart, and feels so intimate that I feel as if I(and several other billion people) know them like my own family. In this book I really got to know Jackie and how she brought up her two children with such class against impossible odds.

Our tabloids are filled with stories of the children of the 'rich and famous' and Caroline and John managed to live relatively normal lives with a strong emphasis on giving back. It's a shame we lost John so early, but I had the privilege of hearing him debating Rush Limbaugh on the radio one day and while no one was told who John was until afterwards, I was impressed with the caller's ability to debate Rush with reason and well-stated facts.

What I read in Andersen's book rings true as to the man I heard on the radio that day. This was no play-boy millionaire just whooping it up, John truly cared about others and devoted his life to bringing information to the masses via his magazine. Face it, John was ridiculously handsome, and rich enough to never really have to work, and one of the most famous men of our century, yet he chose to work and help others.

I believe that this all came from his mother. I didn't have to read a book to know that Jackie was a great mother, the proof is in her two children. Just look at the other Kennedy children and you can see what a fine job she did. John never raped anyone, overdosed on drugs, or just plain embarrassed himself with affairs and wives who committed suicide.

This book gives you a peek into what Jackie did right to raise such a wonderful son, a man we lost all too soon.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Richard W. Anthony on November 5, 2014
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The short, tragic life of John F. Kennedy Jr. portrayed by Chris Andersen in his compelling biography “The Good Son” is laced with intimate, intriguing and revealing new reporting. The focus of course is on mother and son. But Anderson also brings forth many new facts and, in turn, perspective about Camelot and the entire Kennedy era; the avaricious, unstable Aristotle Onassis; Jackie’s political aspirations for her son; John’s Rabelaisian youth, and later his own political aspirations, and shrewd political analysis.
I was curious how so much new information surfaced, which Andersen explains in his “Acknowledgments.” His extensive reporting over the years of the Kennedy era included tapes and notes of interviews with many key figures who had asked that he keep certain information confidential, which he did during their lifetimes. But with their deaths he was released from that obligation. We the readers are the beneficiary of this impressive new look at the Kennedy era.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By BabsFan on October 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I can't put this book down! It is clearly one of the best biographies I've read in recent years----about an amazing relationship between a mother and son that ends so tragically. A beautiful story.
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