Sweet Caroline: Last Child of Camelot

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Harper Collins, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 334 pages
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She is the heiress to a legacy of power, wealth, unfulfilled promise, and unspeakable tragedy. Her father was gunned down before a stunned world forty years ago, forever changing the course of history. Her mother became the most celebrated American woman of the twentieth century -- an icon of style, glamour, and personal courage. Her brother was the most promising Kennedy of his generation -- a global heartthrob who was killed when his plane crashed within sight of his mother's estate on Martha's Vineyard. Through it all, the sole surviving member of Camelot's First Family, Caroline Kennedy, has remained largely a mystery. Until now. In the manner of his #1 New York Times bestsellers The Day Diana Died and The Day John Died, as well as his other bestselling books on the Kennedys, Jack and Jackie and Jackie After Jack, Christopher Andersen draws on important sources -- many speaking here for the first time -- to provide a full, compelling portrait of Caroline, the young wife and mother left to carry on in her legendary family's name. Among the revelations:

  • New details about life inside the Kennedy White House -- and the events surrounding JFK's assassination -- from Caroline's unique perspective.
  • A spellbinding account of the surreal years she spent as the stepdaughter of Aristotle Onassis.
  • Caroline's own battles with a variety of harrowing personal problems, both physical and emotional.
  • The times she, too, cheated death; the stalkers who have caused her to fear for her life.
  • Her often frustrating attempts to carve out an identity for herself in the shadow of her famous mother.
  • Her loves, and the enigmatic character she chose to marry.
  • The way she coped with the heartbreaking losses of her father, mother, and brother -- as well as the countless catastrophes that have plagued the Kennedy family over the last half-century and the demons that haunt her to this day.
  • How she is raising her children, and what lessons she is teaching them about love -- and loss.

Sweet Caroline: Last Child of Camelot is an often moving, always captivating look at the life of one little girl who was handed more than her share of heartache -- and has not only survived but flourished. It is the story of America's daughter.

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User Review  - briandrewz - LibraryThing

This was a wonderfully intimate biography of a very private woman. Christopher Andersen does a good job profiling America's favorite princess, and reveals how she became the woman she is today. A great read that was over too quickly. Read full review

Sweet Caroline: last child of Camelot

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All we know is that Andersen's next subject is an American who is always in the news. With a one-day laydown on October 21. Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Christopher Andersen was born on May 26, 1949. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and joined the staff of Time Magazine as a contributing editor in 1969. He was the senior editor of People Magazine from 1974 to 1986. He has also written for numerous publications including The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Life, and Vanity Fair. He has written over 25 books. His early nonfiction books range from psychology in The Name Game to true crime in The Serpent's Tooth to art collecting in The Best of Everything. He is best known for his biographies including Somewhere in Heaven: The Remarkable Love Story of Dana and Christopher Reeve, The Day John Died, Madonna Unauthorized, and These Few Precious Days: The Final Year of Jack with Jackie. He received the Joan's Legacy Award for excellence in journalism regarding lung cancer in 2008. In 2016 Andersen's title Game of Crowns: Elizabeth, Camilla, Kate, and the Throne made the New York Time bestseller list.

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