The Kennedy Curse: Why Tragedy Has Haunted America's First Family for 150 Years [NOOK Book]

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Death was merciful to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, for it spared her a parent's worst nightmare: the loss of a child. But if Jackie had lived to see her son, JFK Jr., perish in a plane crash on his way to his cousin's wedding, she would have been doubly horrified by the familiar pattern in the tragedy. Once again, on a day that should have been full of joy and celebration, America's first family was struck by the Kennedy Curse.


In this probing expose, renowned Kennedy biographer...

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Overview

Death was merciful to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, for it spared her a parent's worst nightmare: the loss of a child. But if Jackie had lived to see her son, JFK Jr., perish in a plane crash on his way to his cousin's wedding, she would have been doubly horrified by the familiar pattern in the tragedy. Once again, on a day that should have been full of joy and celebration, America's first family was struck by the Kennedy Curse.


In this probing expose, renowned Kennedy biographer Edward Klein-a bestselling author and journalist personally acquainted with many members of the Kennedy family-unravels one of the great mysteries of our time and explains why the Kennedys have been subjected to such a mind-boggling chain of calamities.


Drawing upon scores of interviews with people who have never spoken out before, troves of private documents, archives in Ireland and America, and private conversations with Jackie, Klein explores the underlying pattern that governs the Kennedy Curse.


The reader is treated to penetrating portraits of the Irish immigrant Patrick Kennedy; Rose Kennedy's father, "Honey Fitz"; the dynasty's founding father Joe Kennedy and his ill-fated daughter Kathleen, President Kennedy, accused rapist William Kennedy Smith, and the star-crossed lovers, JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bessette. Each of the seven profiles demonstrates the basic premise of this book: The Kennedy Curse is the result of the destructive collision between the Kennedy's fantasy of omnipotence-an unremitting desire to get away with things that others cannot-and the cold, hard realities of life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466826632
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/17/2004
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 137,609
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Edward Klein

Edward Klein is the author of the New York Times bestsellers All Too Human: The Love Story of Jack and Jackie Kennedy and Just Jackie : Her Private Years. He covered John F. Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign, served as a foreign correspondent in Asia, and was foreign editor of Newsweek. During his eleven years as editor in chief of The New York Times Magazine, it won the first Pulitzer Prize in its history. His articles have appeared in New York, Manhattan, inc., Vanity Fair, and Parade, for which he also writes "Walter Scott's Personality Parade." He is the author of the novel The Parachutists. He lives with his wife, Dolores Barrett, in New York City and Bridgehampton, Long Island.


Edward Klein is the author of the New York Times bestsellers All Too Human: The Love Story of Jack and Jackie Kennedy and Just Jackie: Her Private Years. He covered John F. Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign, served as a foreign correspondent in Asia, and was foreign editor of Newsweek. During his eleven years as editor in chief of The New York Times Magazine, it won the first Pulitzer Prize in its history. His articles have appeared in New York, Manhattan, inc., Vanity Fair, and Parade, for which he also writes "Walter Scott's Personality Parade." He is the author of the novel The Parachutists. He lives with his wife, Dolores Barrett, in New York City and Bridgehampton, Long Island.
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The Kennedy Curse



Why Tragedy Has Haunted America's First Family for 150 Years



By Klein, Edward


St. Martin's Griffin



Copyright © 2004

Klein, Edward

All right reserved.


ISBN: 0312312938



This book is a detective story.

It is an investigation of one of the great mysteries of our time-the Kennedy Curse. It explores the underlying pattern that governs the curse and examines the many influences-historical, psychological, and genetic-that have shaped the Kennedys' character and led to their self-defeating behavior.

The stories in this book illustrate how the Kennedy Curse began in the common Irish immigrant experience of poverty and humiliation, and developed into an obsessive lust for power and dominance over others at the expense of all ethical behavior....

The people in this book were, for the most part, on a fatal collision course with reality. They felt immune to mortal laws and somehow divinely protected from the inevitable consequences of their deeds and misdeeds. In their hunger for unlimited power, they saw themselves as superior beings who resided above the common herd. They felt special-omnipotent and worthy of being worshiped....

Our inclination to idolize the Kennedys has obscured their human attributes. And so, finally, this book is an attempt to demystify the Kennedys by telling the story of how the descendants of Patrick Kennedy, a poor Irish immigrant who came to the shores of the New World in 1849, pulled, tore, scratched, scraped, clutched, and clawedtheir way to the top of American society-and, in the process, made the fatal mistake of thinking of themselves as divine.

--From The Kennedy Curse

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Table of Contents

Introduction: An Ill-Fated House 1
A Chronicle of the Kennedy Curse 24
1 Patrick Kennedy: The Unintentional Crime 33
2 John Francis Fitzgerald: Favorite Son 62
3 Joseph Patrick Kennedy: Speaking the Language of His Age 85
4 Kathleen Kennedy: Throwing Caution to the Wind 131
5 John Fitzgerald Kennedy: The Road to Dallas 161
6 William Kennedy Smith: Twilight of the Gods 181
7 John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr.: Cut from the Same Cloth 204
Epilogue: The Fall of the House of Kennedy 221
Acknowledgments 227
Sources 229
Index 253
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2003

    If this is true....

    What a nightmare. If this story is true, if these tidbits of info are facts, HOLY COW. I found it a little hard to believe some of the rhetoric that the author conveyed. How could parents be so cold to their own children, not attending their funeral? It is amazing and almost unbelievable. The insinuations of a curse are almost medieval. Person who live their lives on the edge, always pushing the edge of the envelope and placing their selves in dangerous situations are more apt to have horrific accidents. This is not necessarily a cruse, more like a dangerous leasion¿..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Surprisingly good

    Well written and fascinating.

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

    INFORMATIVE

    The Kennedy Family has had a BIG IMPACT on Life in the USA. They've contributed in the Political field and have demonstrated how a family CAN SEEM TO BE CURSED.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2007

    Kennedy Monarch

    If we had kings and queens like they do in Britian the Kennedy's would of been the dynasty to be rulers. Even back then their was a lot of things that happen. A very good book I enjoyed it very much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2005

    Not bad. But not great, either.

    Journalist and friend to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Edward Klein uses his 'insider' knowledge of Kennedy family events and dynamics as well as top-notch research to document the way tragedy has dogged the clan for the past century and half. He structures his book as a series of extended essays, choosing an individual family member as each essay's focus. What he does not do is document any supernatural 'curse' such as the book's title might suggest. Instead, he demonstrates - as he apparently set out to do - that any curse affecting these people's lives is of their own and their parents' making. I personally found the secondhand psychoanalyzing of people who didn't voluntarily participate in this project rather - what word do I want? It made me uncomfortable, at the very least. It also made me question the validity of conclusions based on that sort of analysis, because I have to wonder about the ethics of mental health professionals willing to diagnose public figures from afar. However, those passages worked much better than the ones in which the author himself - who if he has mental health or social work credentials doesn't mention them - supplied the anaylsis. Had he let the facts speak for themselves, though, I suppose he wouldn't have produced a book-length work for publication. Not bad. But not great, either.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2004

    What Goes Around Comes Around.....

    As I wrote in my headline.....what goes around, comes around! This truly is the case with the Kennedy clan. Money talks, and has in more than a few occasions for this family.What is truly important in life cannot be bought...the Kennedy family has learned this the hard way!!!!! This is obvious.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2003

    The Kennedy Tabloid

    I thought this would be an insightful examination of the various Kennedy tragedies, but instead found an overblown retelling of the various Kennedy gossip. I still have not decided what disturbed me most about this book; is it that the author basically blames the Kennedy's deaths on their ambition to better their place in society (is this such a crime?), is it that the author betrayed his friendship with Jackie for his book, or is it that he lumps William Smith's rape charge and Michael's affair with the babysitter in as a Kennedy tragedy alongside the deaths of Joe, John, and Bobby. The latter are tragedies, the former are crimes!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2003

    Cold, Cold Rose

    I'd never read before that Rose didn't attend her daughter Katherine's funeral because she died with her lover. How cold could a mother be - the Kennedy's were a very dysfunctional family!! I think they were just rich, white trash!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2003

    great book

    I thought it was great, I looked forward to reading it, found it hard to put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2003

    A must read for boomers

    Whether or not you're a Kennedy family fan, this book will fascinate you. The Kennedy icon that crashed hardest for me was Rose. Whoa! Klein takes twisted to a new height. And best of all, it was a quick, 4-6 hour read. As someone born in the mid-50's, JFK was the 'first' president I have any memory of. Mainly the day our elementary school principal interrupted our class, tears in her eyes, and announced that the President had been shot. That was like the Time magazine cover that asked, 'Is God Dead?' It couldn't be. JFK's shenanigans, as this book claims, will knock the wind out of many.... Enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2003

    A waste of time

    The title sounds appealing. Anyone who is well versed in american history would find this book rather trivial and to say the least boring. It contains fragments of information on Kennedy victims. It is information that we are all familiar with. Its no wonder there is no literary endorsments on the back of this book. Its basically for novice history buffs. I was really disappointed in the way the author presents the stories of each family member, He leaves out a lot of essential information and facts on each of the family members. In addition he portrays himself as some sort of Kennedy expert, and gives too much of his own personal opinons. Do your self a favor, save the money and time and by something else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2003

    Very Interesting!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's an easy read and never dull. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2003

    it is an OK book...

    the book itself was written well but I was not impressed that much with it...I had a very hard time getting thru once I passed the first two chapters..then once I got to the point of chapters relating to the kennedy's that I was familiar with, then I was ok and the book kept my interest somewhat..seems there was alot of HIPE about the book and I think that it was not all that it was cracked up to be..

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