Praise for The Kennedy Heirs:
"Kennedy followers will be intrigued by this absorbing narrative of the dynasty's continuing hold on American life." Library Journal (starred)
"A dishy group portrait...Kennedy worshippersand haterswill feast on the juicy details in Taraborrelli’s soap opera."Publishers Weekly
"In this sprawling post-Camelot account, Taraborrelli details the lives of the third generationthe grandchildren of Joe and Rose Kennedyas they have tried to live up to Kennedy values…No scandal or luxurious dining room goes overlooked. Kennedy die-hards will love it.” Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Jackie, Janet, and Lee (currently being developed for TV by Tomorrow Studios)
“Riveting...Taraborrelli presents a woman of passion, both sexual and emotional, whose facade somehow always remains in place...the magic of Jackie's aura is imperishable to this day...deliciously readable.” New York Times Book Review
“In this revealing biography, Taraborrelli explores the complicated relationship between Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, her mother Janet Lee Auchincloss, and her sister, Princess Lee Radziwill. Though the two sisters became two of the most idolized women of the 20th century, they struggled with sibling jealousy and constantly sought 'money and power'which their mother told them was 'the secret to happily-ever-after.'” People magazine, "Best Books About the Kennedy Family"
"Taraborrelli takes an intimate look at the sisters’ complicated relationship with [Aristotle Onassis], and reveals for the first time what really happened when Lee learned her sister was marrying Onassis five years after John F. Kennedy’s death." Harper's Bazaar
"Veteran Hollywood biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli, drawing on interviews with family members, reveals how their formidable and hard-nosed mother, Janet Bouvier Auchincloss, sought to mould her daughters in her own ruthlessly mercenary and social-climbing image." Daily Mail
"Meticulously researched...fascinating and absorbing...Taraborrelli captures the glamorous, tragic, seductive and completely absorbing world of the Kennedys and those who married them. With his bite-size chapters, insightful writing and impeccable research, Taraborrelli's Jackie, Janet & Lee is irresistible, intimate and revealing." Shelf Awareness
“Taraborrelli’s gossipy narrative revels in luxurious decor, stunning outfits, and soap-operatic fights in this entertaining saga of how wealthy, fashionable women got that way.” Publishers Weekly
“A narrative about money and the seemingly unlimited power that goes with it...The aura of Camelot lives on in a book for Kennedy completists and those who enjoy tales of the rich and powerful.” Kirkus Reviews
“Engrossing...An intimate look into the intertwined lives of the Bouvier, Auchincloss, Kennedy, and Radziwill families. Taraborrelli creates a tabloid-style story of money, power, politics, and familya voyeuristic look into a world of patrician privilege.” Library Journal
The prolific celebrity biographer delivers another Kennedy family saga, this time focusing on the 29 individuals comprising the "third generation" of the famed clan.
In this sprawling post-Camelot account, Taraborrelli (Jackie, Janet & Lee: The Secret Lives of Janet Auchincloss and Her Daughters Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill, 2018, etc.) details the lives of the third generation—the grandchildren of Joe and Rose Kennedy—as they have tried to live up to Kennedy values (honor, family, loyalty) while failing to cope with the murders of John F. (1963) and Bobby (1968). Growing up in families that never discussed the assassinations among themselves and offered few healing mechanisms to their children, the young heirs often self-medicated with alcohol and drugs. Innumerable infidelities, confrontations, and divorces run through this soap opera, which teems with intimate views of angry, heavy-drinking matriarch Ethel, mother of Bobby's 11 children; Ted, who kept the family together, and his wife, Joan, both "unpredictable, alcoholic parents"; and the smiling, seemingly happy children, who struggled inside, some wanting "anything other than to be Kennedys." Taraborrelli rehashes Bobby's son Michael's affair with a 16-year-old babysitter; the murder conviction of Ethel's nephew Michael Skakel; David Kennedy's death by cocaine overdose; JFK Jr.'s death in a plane crash, and so on. "Terrible things have happened to the Kennedys," writes the author, "sometimes by fate and circumstance, sometimes by their own volition." Taraborrelli's depictions of Caroline's therapy as a child and the family's expectation that Bobby Jr., who made drug runs to Harlem, would run for president, are unsettling. All of this is recounted against the glitz, wealth, and historical role of the family, the ever present paparazzi, the family pressure to excel, and the children's careers in politics and other fields. No scandal or luxurious dining room goes overlooked.
A doorstop of a melodrama. Kennedy die-hards will love it.
The children of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy, Senator Ted Kennedy and Joan Kennedy, and their siblings comprise the clan's third generation, according to Taraborrelli (Jackie, Janet and Lee). This account, the author's fourth on the Kennedys, based on 400 interviews conducted over the last 20 years, describes the glamour, advantages, and sorrow experienced by the Kennedy heirs. Although portrayed as arrogant and entitled, their lives were also darkened by the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy, which Taraborrelli argues drove some family members to drug and alcohol addiction and might have contributed to six untimely deaths. Also included are the stories of Patrick Kennedy, Joseph Patrick Kennedy II, Kathleen Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, and others who carved out successful political careers or advocated for mental health and environmental issues. Readers will be fascinated by the relationship between Senator Ted Kennedy and members of the third generation, stories about matriarch Ethel, and life inside the family compound. VERDICT Kennedy followers will be intrigued by this absorbing narrative of the dynasty's continuing hold on American life.—Karl Helicher, formerly with Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA