The Kennedy Men: Three Generations of Sex, Scandal and Secrets

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Kensington Books, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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The facts of their lives are the stuff of legend. They are America's closest thing to royalty, and their tragedies and triumphs have fascinated the public for decades. Few families have been more famous, more photographed, more admired and vilified than the Kennedys. And for three generations Kennedy men have been a law unto themselves. Here, for the first time, is the truth about: the secret love affairs and lurid sex scandals that have been whispered about for years; the private misfortunes; the tragedies that turned them into American heroes; and the appalling personal behavior that has left a long list of victims in its wake. It is also the story of Joseph Kennedy Sr.'s unparalleled rise to fame and fortune - the tale of the ruthless, reckless man who possessed a fatal flaw. For Joe Kennedy and his sons, winning was all that mattered, and the Kennedys created their own rules. This way of life was passed on to the third generation, with tragic results. In THE KENNEDY MEN: Three Generations of Sex, Scandal and Secrets, New York Times bestselling biographer and social historian Nellie Bly examines the facts and the fictions about America's most famous family in a book that is both illuminating and intimate. It's all here: the glamour, the scandals, and the shocking revelations. From the historic union of Joseph Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald through the controversial divorces, the barroom escapades, including Teddy's famous "table-top consummation" and the alleged Good Friday rape, Bly chronicles the lives of three generations of reckless and remarkable Kennedys - men who were unable to cope with the curse and cachet of the family name...and the women who loved them. Written with NellieBly's trademark candor and revealing insights, this is a provocative, compulsively readable book that dispels the myths and sheds new light on America's most fascinating and complex family.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
11
AN AMERICAN GOTHIC
17
JOE HEADS FOR HOLLYWOOD
29
JOE FINDS A HERO IN FRANKLIN D
38
THE KENNEDYS AT THE COURT
49
THE KENNEDYS Go TO WAR
61
THE FIRST KENNEDY CAMPAIGN
75
JACK AIMS FOR VICE PRESIDENT
88
THE RISE AND FALL
189
CHAPPAQUIDDICK
201
TEDDYS POWER FADES
218
COLLAPSE OF THE DREAM
253
A NEW GENERATION IN
305
PALM BEACH SCANDAL
312
FINAL CURTAIN
350
APPENDIX
361

CHAPTER EIGHT JACKS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN
103
LIVING ON THE
113
DARK CLOUDS GATHER
152
AFTER CAMELOT
169
NOTES AND SOURCES
373
BIBLIOGRAPHY
389
INDEX
395
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Nellie Bly (1864´┐1⁄21922) was a reporter, activist, and businesswoman who is celebrated as one of America´┐1⁄2s most famous and influential journalists. She is best known for the undercover assignment that resulted in the book Ten Days in a Mad-House and her race to circle the globe faster than the hero of Jules Verne´┐1⁄2s popular novel Around the World in Eighty Days.

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