The Kennedy Heirs: John, Caroline, and the New Generation - A Legacy of Triumph and Tragedy

The Kennedy Heirs: John, Caroline, and the New Generation - A Legacy of Triumph and Tragedy

by J. Randy Taraborrelli

Hardcover(Library Binding - Large Print)



From New York Times bestselling author J. Randy Taraborrelli comes The Kennedy Heirs, his most revealing Kennedy book yet.

A unique burden was inherited by the children of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his celebrated siblings, Senators Robert and Ted Kennedy. Raised in a world of enormous privilege against the backdrop of American history, this third generation of Kennedys often veered between towering accomplishment and devastating defeat. In his revelatory new book, acclaimed Kennedy historian J. Randy Taraborrelli draws back the curtain on the next generation of America’s most famous family.

John Kennedy, Jr.’s life in the public eye is explored, following the Kennedy scion as he faced the challenges posed by marrying his great love, Carolyn Bessette. Riveting new details are shared about the couple’s tragic demise—and why Ethel Kennedy advised Carolyn not to take the trip that would ultimately end her life. John’s sister, Caroline Kennedy, had her own complicated relationships, including a marriage to Ed Schlossberg that surprised her mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and an unexpected bond with her mother-in-law, Mae Schlossberg.

Additional stories, many shared here for the first time, illuminate the rest of the Kennedy dynasty: Kara Kennedy, Ted’s daughter, and her valiant battle against lung cancer; how Ted’s wife, Vicki, introduced a new era of feminism to the Kennedy family; the lifelong struggles with addiction faced by Bobby Kennedy Jr. and Patrick Kennedy; the unexpected way pop star Taylor Swift helped Conor Kennedy heal after the death of his mother, Bobby’s wife Mary; and Congressman Joe Kennedy III’s rise to prominence. At the center of it all is the family’s indomitable matriarch, Ethel Kennedy—a formidable presence with her maddening eccentricities and inspiring courage.

Based on hundreds of exclusive first-hand interviews and cultivated over twenty years of research—including numerous oral histories from the JFK Library and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute—The Kennedy Heirs is an epic drama of ambition, scandal, pride and power.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781432866761
Publisher: Gale, A Cengage Company
Publication date: 08/07/2019
Edition description: Large Print
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

J. RANDY TARABORRELLI is the author of over 20 biographies, most of which have become New York Times bestsellers, including: Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot; After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family 1968 to the Present, which was adapted as a mini-series for Reelz; and Jackie, Janet & Lee: The Secret Lives of Janet Auchincloss and Her Daughters, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill, which is being adapted as a television series by Tomorrow Studios.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Book 1

Part 1 Son of Camelot 3

Prologue: The Tide of Events 5

Part 2 The Senator's Family 55

Part 3 Being Kennedy 87

Part 4 Family Secrets 115

Part 5 The Caretakers 153

Part 6 A Tale of Two Brothers 171

Part 7 The Reckoning 227

Part 8 The In-Laws 273

Part 9 Running Out of Time 285

Book II

Part 1 Daughter of Camelot 315

Prologue: Pinkie Swear 317

Part 2 The Politics of Marriage 341

Part 3 "The Kennedy Curse Ends Here" 353

Part 4 The Shriver Way 369

Part 5 Family at War and Peace 399

Part 6 A Political Gamble 443

Part 7 Betrayal of the Heart 473

Part 8 A Miraculous Life 489

Part 9 Demons 499

Part 10 The Family Endures 513

Epilogue: American Promise 536

Postscript: Permission to Speak Freely 544

Author's Note 549

Research 555

Sources and Other Notes 561

Personal Acknowledgments 583

Index 585

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