Skip to main content

After Camelot by J. Randy Taraborrelli

                                                 The Best Of Us And The Worst of Us

“This family, America’s family, at one time or another was the best of us, and the worst of us,” according to J. Randy Taraborrelli.  This comprehensive study of the Kennedy family tells us why this is such a true statement.  This highly entertaining and well-researched book looks at the many tragedies of the Kennedy family, the troubles which they share with many American families, and why millions of Americans regard them as their First Family.  This applies no matter who is the President!

Taraborrelli looks at all of the members of the Kennedy family, especially the younger generation and their failures and achievements.  He has a section on William Kennedy Smith and the Palm Beach scandal, for example, and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend’s and Joe Kennedy’s political achievements.
He certainly doesn’t neglect the past generations, however.  He gives the background of the Kennedys and their wives in detail and includes new revelations.  These include an in depth section on the financial negotiations concerning Jackie’s marriage to Ari Onassis and whether there was really anything wrong with Rosemary.

Toraborrelli also gives thorough accounts of the Kennedy’s impressive achievements.  These include the great political success of Jack, Bobby, and Ted, of course.  However, he also has large sections on  the achievements of the wives, such as Eunice Shriver’s founding of the Special Olympics.

The book also studies the Kennedy’s flaws.  Especially noticeable is their rather ruthless treatment of outsiders.  This didn’t just include the wives.  Ted was apparently not too pleased by Sergeant Shriver’s political ambitions. Most of the Kennedys and Ted didn’t go out of their way to help Shriver achieve political success.

Many people probably don’t think that we need yet another book about the Kennedys.  However, they’re a fascinating family and some of us feel that there will never be enough good books about them!  This is an excellent addition to Kennedy biographies, although it is very long.


Popular posts from this blog

Trafalgar The Untold Story of the Greatest Sea Battle in History by Nicholas Best

This is an interesting book with vivid descriptions of the actual battle with accounts from those involved.  It is well-worth reading for anyone who wants to learn more about Nelson and the battle. I especially liked the depiction of Lord Nelson. This was a moving and well-researched history.

I received this free ebook from Net Galley in return for an honest review.

What to Say and How to Say It Discuss Your Catholic Faith with Clarity and Confidence by Brandon Vogt

Many Catholics and, indeed, Christians avoid discussing religion like the plague. Controversial subjects, such as abortion and why there is suffering
can be especially difficult, but it is certainly better to feel confident about talking about these topics with people who disagree than avoiding them. Brandon Vogt shows Catholics how to defend their beliefs comprehensively and with excellent arguments.

I like his books, and I will read more of them.

I received this free ebook from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Sisters in Life and in Death. Review of Women of the OSS. Sisterhood of Spies by Elizabeth P. McIntosh

Young and brave, the women of the OSS organised resistance groups, committed sabotage, forged documents and encoded and decoded messages, as well as being involved in many other espionage activities. This book is based on over 100 interviews with men and women who served in the OSS and the CIA and with writers, scholars and historians.  Elizabeth P. McIntosh does justice to the women who fought for freedom in this fascinating book.

She tells exciting tales about these 'sisters', including the stories of Maria Gulovich, who led soldiers to freedom across mountainous terrain through snow and bitter weather, Countess Ramanones who reported on the gossip of the Spanish aristocracy, Cornelia Dodson, who met the future fashion designer Emilio Pucci to ask him to search for Mussolini's missing diaries, and Virginia Hall, who only had on leg but didn't that affect her clandestine activities. McIntosh also writes about exciting operations, such as Operation Sunrise which led to…