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

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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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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.

About the Author:

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413232691
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/8/2003
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.97 (d)

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.

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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 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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