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The Peter Lawford Story: Life With the Kennedys, Monroe and the Rat Pack Hardcover – October, 1988


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Carroll & Graf Pub (October 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881844349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881844344
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #574,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ted Schwarz has written and coauthored more than 100 books. Among his bestselling titles are The Peter Lawford Story, The Kennedys: The Third Generation, and Rose Kennedy and Her Family.

Patricia Lawford Stewart was Peter Lawford's last wife and she lived with him for eleven years until his death.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By clubsol@bellsouth.net on February 27, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I know that Patricia Seaton was married to Peter Lawford, and I am confident that many of the things she covered in this biography are undeniable, but the gross variances between her accounts and established facts almost begs the reader to question this author's credibility. Prime example: Seaton Lawford states that Colonel Ernest Aylen (Lady May Lawford's husband at the time) learned that his wife was pregnant (by his commanding officer) and killed himself in 1923--in front of May's own eyes. Dramatic story, yet public records clearly indicate that Aylen filed for divorce seven months after his alleged suicide and died some 24 years later (on October 12, 1947) by his own hand. Obviously, both stories cannot be true... So, when Seaton Lawford writes that Bobby Kennedy did NOT have a sexual relationship with Marilyn Monroe, can I believe her? Or when she states that Peter Lawford showed more concern for a marijuana plant than for his son Christopher (who was strung-out on heroin and standing on a second-story ledge) can I believe her? Or when she states that First Lady-to-be Nancy Davis (before her marriage to Ronald Reagan) was known for certain sexual acts, can I believe her? Just as troubling, Seaton Lawford interjects personal stories (like her rape by an OB-GYN or Ted Kennedy's apparent proposition for sex) and awkwardly tries to include them as some significant commentary on Peter Lawford's sensibilities or psyche. These disturbing experiences seem inappropriate in a discussion of his life, and they paint the author as someone who is too close to the subject to convey objective information. Overall, I was left with the unsatisfying feeling that someone had been mixing lies with facts.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark Thrice on May 17, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Relatively thin information on Peter Lawford is padded out by Ted Schwarz with generally known histories of people and events related to Lawford. So you learn a bit about HUAC and the blacklist, too much about Louis B. Mayer's background and romantic aspirations, far too much about Joseph Kennnedy's ditto, and WAY too much about how President John Kennedy acted in bed. The things that you might want to learn about, such as Marilyn Monroe, and the Rat Pack are passed over lightly.

What there is about Peter Lawford is sprinkled in between these diverse page-fillers and the whole is seasoned with opinions often are not backed up.

Too bad that Schwarz didn't put some effort into researching Lawford, the supposed subject of this book. Instead he seemed to have churned it out for the sake of adding another publication to his massive list. This book makes me wonder if they are all as poor a job as this one.
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By S. Nagy on July 6, 2014
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Brings into focus the people and the times of Hollywood. Great reading! Won't put it down till you finish it.
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By tula on February 5, 2014
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Anyone interested in that era should definitely read this book. This book covers things all over the place and I'm only a third through it so far
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Sad really. Handsome talented and totally insecure Peter Lawford certainlly had it all (prior to and certainly when in Hollywood). This is is a well written bio of a man who should've picked hus pals better but never did. As harsh as it seems poor Peter had vultures for buddies and beginning with the Kennedy's and including the rat pack these so-called friends used him and because of his desire for friends and need for closeness he allowed them to do at will... plus a whole lot more. A well written book and well worth your while. If you are into Hollywood and life/times of that ilk you'll really like this one. I am and found this to be a large page turner.
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By Norma M. Heagy on July 2, 2013
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I always enjoy gossipy books. And this one was especially revealing. What a hard life he lead. You get what you reap. Norma
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