The Kennedys: The Third Generation

The Kennedys: The Third Generation

by Barbara Gibson
     
 

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Here is the complete story of the youngest generation of the indefatigable Kennedy clan - the 29 grandchildren of Joseph and Rose Kennedy - as told by Barbara Gibson, Rose's personal secretary. Having lived for many years side by side with the three generations of Kennedys, she is in a unique position to understand the goings on behind the scenes and walls of the…  See more details below

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Here is the complete story of the youngest generation of the indefatigable Kennedy clan - the 29 grandchildren of Joseph and Rose Kennedy - as told by Barbara Gibson, Rose's personal secretary. Having lived for many years side by side with the three generations of Kennedys, she is in a unique position to understand the goings on behind the scenes and walls of the Kennedy compounds in Hyannisport and Palm Beach. During her time with the Kennedy matriarch, Gibson experienced first hand many of the anecdotes she shares and she became friends with Kennedy cousins, aides, assistants, and security personnel, who revealed their Kennedy stories to her for the first time. The Kennedys as a family have had an extraordinary impact on the politics, culture, and tabloids of the United States. The Kennedys is an examination of this most famous American dynasty from a generational perspective. Gibson examines the rise, fall, and rise of the Kennedys, fueled by the intense power drive of the clan and desire to win at any cost instilled by Joe Sr. and Rose. This ruthless competitive streak brought the second generation to great heights with the Presidency of JFK but also great tragedy - the premature deaths of Kathleen and Joe Jr., the unwarranted lobotomy of Rosemary, and, of course, Chappaquiddick. In the third generation we see this characteristic self-destructiveness and arrogant disregard for others passed on from their parents. Saddled with womanizing fathers and negligent mothers, the Kennedy grandchildren inherited a variety of personality problems and reckless behavior patterns that they are still struggling to overcome. With few exceptions, all the Kennedy grandchildren have experimented with drugs, and several have become severe addicts, one cousin dying from an overdose. Gibson examines problems with physical and emotonal abuse, culminating in such public scandals as the William Kennedy Smith rape trial. These she relates back to the experiences of the second generation.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Perhaps emblematic of their stature within the family, the third generation of Kennedys receives concentrated attention in just the final third of this memoir, with Joseph, Rose and their offspring dominating the rest of the book. And at that, the scuttlebutt here is familiar. Even the insider info that Gibson, who was Rose's secretary from 1968-1978, offers is hardly news: Rose punished her children by wacking them with a wooden coat hanger; Joseph purchased some 40,000 copies of his son John's treatise Why England Slept to make it a bestseller in 1940. And if Rose and Joe were rotten parents, the second generation was even lousier, according to Gibson, who takes them to task for their indifference to their children. After parading a gang of brats, Gibson, writing with freelancer Schwarz, ultimately grants her imprimatur to a few of the 29 grandchildren who as adults she praises for giving substance to the notion of public service that to their parents was only a matter of image-making. Among them are Mary Kerry Cuomo, Bobby Kennedy Jr. and his brother Michael. There are good marks also for JFK's two offspring and Maria Shriver. Photos not seen by PW . (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560250814
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/16/1994
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
346
Product dimensions:
5.99(w) x 8.99(h) x 1.11(d)

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