Sons of Camelot: The Fate of an American Dynasty

Sons of Camelot: The Fate of an American Dynasty

by Laurence Leamer

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From renowned biographer and New York Times bestselling author of The Kennedy Women and The Kennedy Men comes THE SONS OF CAMELOT, the second volume in a multi-generational history bound to be considered an American epic.

Almost a year before publication, THE SONS OF CAMELOT: The Fate of an American Dynasty was already being widely discussed and debated in the media. Based on exclusive interviews with many Kennedy family members, their closest friends and associates, and five years of research, THE SONS OF CAMELOT is neither tabloid fodder nor a sanitized authorized biography but a stunningly revealing, deeply truthful account with intimate new information on every page.

In this outstanding continuation of The Kennedy Men, his powerful American epic of the Kennedy family, Laurence Leamer chronicles the lives of the Kennedy sons and grandsons after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and their struggle to fulfill the family legacy. These lives make for a book of overwhelming drama full of exalted aspirations, notable achievements and the most spectacular mishaps, excesses and tragedies. For the most part, these Kennedy men fell far short of the great vision that Joseph P. Kennedy had for his sons and grandsons. Their lives have been a bewildering juxtaposition of the most notable achievements and the most spectacular failures. There have been needless deaths, crippling accidents, drug addiction, alcoholism and allegations of rape. Their pratfalls, mishaps, excesses and tragedies have been one of the most certain forms of American popular entertainment for the last four decades. Yet among them are those who have helped Americans to have better health care, to sail on clean waters, to raise the rights and lives of those with mental retardation, to assist the poorest of African nations, to enable those with disabilities to lead normal lives, and to give health care givers opportunities.

In Leamer’s passionate narrative, each Kennedy man becomes not the passive victim of the happenstance of birth and upbringing, but a full participant in his own fate. The good that the Kennedy sons have done is amply chronicled, and so is the bad and the tragic. John F. Kennedy Jr.’s life is a thread running through the pages of THE SONS OF CAMELOT. Some may be drawn to the book largely to read the definitive portrait based largely on the full cooperation of his eight closest friends. Others may come intrigued to read the intimate story of Senator Edward Kennedy or the stirring tale of Timmy Kennedy Shriver’s rise to the head of Special Olympics International. But whatever draws the readers, they will read on driven by the powerful dramatic narrative with its impeccably researched details.

Some of these pages are inspiring, some are shocking, but all the pages are truthful. THE SONS OF CAMELOT is a spellbinding history of individuals and a family, a journey of character through time told by a brilliant, masterful writer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060559021
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/14/2005
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 516,810
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.27(d)

About the Author

Laurence Leamer is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including The Kennedy Women and The Price of Justice. He has worked in a French factory and a West Virginia coal mine, and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal. His play, Rose, was produced off Broadway last year. He lives in Palm Beach, Florida, and Washington, D.C., with his wife, Vesna Obradovic Leamer.

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Sons of Camelot: The Fate of an American Dynasty 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The trail of the dead and wounded behind the Kennedy men is appalling. And it doesn't even include the wounded wives . Did anyone ever say no to these men when they were boys . Most of them should be in prison.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was truly taken back reading Leamer's book and realized that I hadn't connected the Kennedy cousin information dots throughout the years. So much for a dynasty---they really are human beings too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was anticipating a book on ALL of the 'Sons of Camelot'. Of course, there was ample space dedicated to the more well known of the Kennedy grandsons, including JFK, Jr., Bobby Jr., and Joe Kennedy Jr., and the Shriver boys. What I had looked forward to reading was the stories about the Kennedy grandsons that we don't hear much about. There was so little written about Teddy Kennedy, Jr., who certainly had his battles with cancer, parents divorce, etc., as well as the Smith boys. Yes, there was a bit about William Kennedy Smith's rape trial, but what about the rest of his life? His brother, I believe named Steve, Jr. was mentioned less than a half a dozen times throughout the 500 plus page book. Christopher Kennedy Lawford was mentioned merely as an accomplice to the more negative trials and tribulations of the other, more well-known Kennedy grandsons. The younger sons of Bobby Kennedy were certainly not as satifactorily covered as I had hoped. On the positive side, the stories on the grandsons the author chose to focus on seemed objective and well researched. I had hoped for a more complete account of each of the Kennedy sons, and not simply a regurgitation of a number of facts the general public had already been aware of.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a truly exceptional portrayal of America's most famous and tragic family. An eloquent historical narrative.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best book I have ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With this book, Mr. Leamer may have outdone himself. His previous efforts have established his rare combination of talents for both investigation and literary eloquence. But I believe with The Sons of Camelot he has reached the top of his game. How many other Kennedy biographies can one think of written by someone outside the inner circle that the family itself has cooperated with. The answer is none. This speaks to Leamer¿s acknowledged reputation for fairness and his talent for the great ¿get.¿ And the number of Kennedys who trusted him is even more astounding. The result is a rich and nuanced portrait of this complex brood. I recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding the true, and perhaps most valuable, legacy of Old Joe Kennedy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read most books about the Kennedys, and I've never read anything with such an intimate sense of their lives. I can understand why all the Kennedys cooperated with Leamer, because he tells the truth but he tells it in an empathetic way. I ended up caring more for these sons of Camelot and what they have gone through. I'll never forget this book. I wish I could give it ten stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's great to finally read a book that discusses the younger generation of Kennedys--men who have not reached the same heights of power as their forerunners (struggling both in and out of the limelight) but who have achieved in the political and social realm nonetheless. It is a gripping and well-written book that will appeal to both old-time Kennedy admirers and younger readers who are really only familiar with the older generation from their history books and the younger generation from their People magazine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who's been following the Kennedy saga as it continues to unfold present day will be richly rewarded by the 'new' intimate details Leamer uncovers in his latest work. His apparently trustful access to the family heirs and other influential members of society pays off in spades in this third book on the controversial and rather tragic family. I was barely able to put the book down for more than a few minutes at a time once I began reading the revelations! My fascination with the family had me closely tracking its developments, however Leamer's research reveals a wealth of information--heretofore unknown by the average person-- some good, some not so good...
Guest More than 1 year ago
In his third volume of his trilogy on the Kennedys, Leamer traces the journey of the family after the death of President Kennedy. The pages are full of revelations and deep insight. I finished Sons of Camelots thinking I knew personally every member of the family. The author had unprecedented access to the Kennedys and their friends and it shows. Leamer held nothing back good and bad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Suggest this author is riding on past glories. His is nothing more or less than the National Enquirer in book form.