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After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family--1968 to the Present

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,004 ratings  ·  93 reviews
For more than half a century, Americans have been captivated by the Kennedys - their joy and heartbreak, tragedy and triumph, the dark side and the remarkable achievements. In this ambitious and sweeping account, Taraborelli continues the family chronicle begun with his bestselling Jackie, Ethel, Joan and provides a behind-the-scenes look at the years "after Camelot." He d ...more
Hardcover, 624 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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Erin
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Kennedys After Camelot is extensively researched and despite its page count a rather fast read. This book mostly focuses on The Kennedy sisters their spouses and the third generation. I liked reading about the less famous Kennedys like Sargent Shriver and William Kennedy Smith. The chapters about JFK Jr were just heartbreaking. I'm looking forward to watching the miniseries based off this book.

I would recommend this book to people interested in The Kennedy family and people who liked reading
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Jolene
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book was a disappointment to me. I checked it out, thinking it would be solid history. But it felt more like reading a gossip magazine. Not my cup of tea.
Lynda Kelly
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
"Don't let it be forgot that for one brief shining moment there was Camelot"......I know America never forgot and although JFK was before my time I've alway been so enamoured by him and all his family....and their whole lives, loves, deaths.......a truly fascinating family.
Some of the saddest scenes in this volume were the ones about the loss of JFK, Junior, America's prince. That was just so appallingly shocking at the time.....I found it just unbelievable it could happen. So tragic....it was s
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Allie Smith
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
This was a good book. It isn’t specifically about Jack, Jackie or Bobby, all of whom have been explored - at length - in other biographies. This book focuses on the whole family: Joe, Rose and all of the second generation siblings and their spouses, as well as those of the third generation, who’ve made the headlines after 1968.

Love them or hate them, there’s plenty of material in this book to add to your emotions about the Kennedy’s. The biographer has had personal interaction with some family m
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Lisa of Hopewell
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Kennedy "manse"??? I thought that was the home of a priest or pastor given by the church. Apparently it also means the Kennedy mansION in Palm Beech, FL.

Kennedy and "humble" in the same sentence??


This is my current audio pick. I've read tons of Kennedy stuff---the worshipful 60s stuff, the sleazy 70s-80s stuff and now, it "so long" since the assassinations we're finally to respectful, but not hiding much. I suppose that's good. I do think it's interesting that seemingly every-other-sentence is t
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Thea
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
The author repeatedly falls back on some version of the phrase, "What else was there to say?" as if it's a nervous tic. Many of his observations feel weak and conjectural, like a limp and overpriced hybrid of Wikipedia and National Inquirer. The dialogue reads, at its best moments, like sound bites and, at its worst, like poorly contrived fiction. The diction can be surprisingly informal, even idiomatic (in a cliché sense)(i.e. "So that was the end of that"). As a result, the prose comes across ...more
Corban Ford
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
"After Camelot" was a well written, captivating, and insightful look at the saga of the Kennedy family after the tragic loss of Bobby in 1968 to the present day. Equal parts thorough and well-researched, it is properly annotated with a massive background of sources and additional content. J Randy Taraborrelli also keeps the book surprisingly objective throughout, a daunting task when delving into such complex characters as Ted Kennedy, John Jr., and many others over the almost four decades cover ...more
Patrizia
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For complex psychological reasons that need not concern us here, I am a complete Kennedy 'ho. But I like to read about Kennedy scandal. The recent Mary Kennedy sucide mit attendant loutish Kennedy husband (Really He hooked up with that no talent beyatch from that over-rated, supremely Not Funny HBO supposed-to-be comedy? What a piker) was like a big trough of mud in which I piggishly rolled and luxuriated.

So this is actually a disappointing book. It's just so clean.

I want scandal with my Kenned
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Emi Bevacqua
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, kennedy
This was a truly awesome account of the Kennedy clan from 1968 to present, well written and properly annotated with accredited sources cited throughout. Taraborrelli gives a sympathetic yet honest view of each branch of the Kennedys (including Shrivers, Smiths, Lawfords, Skakels, and Radziwills), presenting their achievements, struggles and even scandals artfully and tastefully. After having read the tainted and self-spotlighting crud spewed by lesser writers (like Ed Klein, Carole Radziwill, Mi ...more
Dale Stonehouse
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
For those into all things Kennedy this is a pretty objective account, albeit not as interesting as a single book on JFK Jr. can be. All the 3rd-generation family members are updated here and all the tragedies post-1968 detailed. Can there be too many Kennedy books? As long as there is anything new to report, I guess not.
Laura Daly
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Millons of words have been written about the Kennedys and the life they lived after the death of JFK and RFK and this is the area this book focuses on. The lives of the Kennedys Ethal widow of RFK, Jackie widow of JFK, Joan wife of Teddy, as well as the Kennedy sisters and their familes. The first thing I should say is the J. Randy Taraborrelli comes across as a huge fan of the Kennedys. The book is well written and tells a story which anyone who is intrested in the family would want to read. Fo ...more
Katherine Allen
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book over my vacation.
Before I go into depth about what I think of this book, I would like to tell you what it is about. This novel is about the Kennedy family. It gives a look into all the families deaths, drama, lifestyles and personal lives, while educating about the tragedies that were such a big part about of their lives and ours. But it specifically talks about the period after JFK's death. That's why the title is After Camelot,
This biography is very well wr
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Denise Rearden
I found the book interesting initially, but I think it is very drawn out. It is quite disjointed at times, going backwards and forwards.
It tells us a lot about the Kennedys and how the males had a sense of entitlement. They had to win at everything...what a way to bring up children!
I found the Shrivers story uplifting as I didn't know how they were so involved with the Special Olympics. That to me is one of the greatest achievements of a Kennedy when numerous other members of the family were t
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Sue Gabianelli-danneker
I thought this book to be well written as some biographies aren't. I did stumble on the back and forth transitions in time and would have appreciated a more progressive timeline. It was presented by person which was neat even though the people at the end had shorter descriptions of their lives- maybe because they are still living them. AN update to the book is much needed to keep it current and real. It's an incredibly long book which does repeat certain points several times.- most likely to tie ...more
Victoria
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read, full of details and insights that most of the public wouldn't know. I found myself sharing fun facts and tidbits with family and friends. I wish Canada had an unofficially royal family like the Kennedys, it all seems so glamorous and drama filled, but they didn't do it to sell a reality TV show, it was just their lives. I will definitely be reading other biographies from this historic author, he hits the nail on the head and heart.
Wendy
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
It is a well written book telling everything that you would want to know about the Kennedy family. While the book is full of accomplishments of this family, there is much tragedy in the family. So it is quite sad--especially since I grew up during the time of the assassination. At one point in reading the book, I felt rather overwhelmed by the sadness of it.
Nancy Prins
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent synopsis of the entire Kennedy family from Rose and Joe to the current 4th generation.This book doesn't sugar coat any of the Kennedy "scandals", but also makes the reader feel empathy for the family as they attempt to navigate their lives in a very public forum. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to understand the Kennedy family and their motivations more clearly.
Michelle Henson
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful look inside the world of the Kennedys

The author has obvious great respect for this well known family. His writing is truthful without being harsh or degrading. It is a must read for all of us baby boomers.
Matthew
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
It does have kind of a gossipy feel to it, but it's a pretty interesting read and I think more than anything, you come away from this book with a feeling about the various relationships (often complicated) between members of the Kennedy family.
Jim Blessing
This was an easy to read book about the saga of the Kennedys since 1968. Nothing in great depth, but it covers a lot of territory.
Val
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really good “gossipy” read for anyone interested in the Kennedy dynasty
Sharon
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I listened to this book on audible.com. It was totally awesome. What a family.
Truly driven...all of them.
Pat
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Found this is be a fascinating book.
Michael D
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is material that has all been covered before. The book is well written, detailed, and holds the reader’s interest though, and is a worthwhile read.
Linda Lipko
If ever an adage was true, it does indeed ring of the Kennedys. Money cannot buy happiness. Money cannot beat the inevitability of death, and money cannot buy respect.

This is 624 well written pages of the life stories of the American royalty. While at times scathing, mainly it was a look at the joys and the tragedies.

I was eleven when JFK was murdered. Fast forward to grade ten, and the television came to life as programs were interrupted with the tragic news that Robert Kennedy was gunned down
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A. S.
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“After Camelot” by J. Randy Taraborrelli is an all-inclusive chronology of the future of the Kennedy dynasty following the assassinations of JFK and RFK. The lengthy an detailed tome is divided into the following parts: Jackie, Eunice, Sarge, Ted, Ethel, Jackie/Ari/The Lawfords, Sargent Tries Again, The Third Generation In Trouble, Poor Ari, Rosemary and Rose, Shriver for President, Ted’s 1980 campaign, David’s Story, Kennedy Upheaval, Caroline/John/Maurice, William Kennedy Smith and the Palm Be ...more
Amy
I don't know why I thought this book was going to be strictly about the "third generation" -- Caroline, John, Jr., Maria Shriver, etc., but I did.

Having said this, this IS one of the best books that I have read about the Kennedy family!

This is a well-researched and well-documented look at the Kennedy family post-Camelot -- not only after JFK's assassination, but really, post-Bobby, as well.

Taraborrelli breaks the book down into twenty-four chronological sections with "titles" such as "Jackie",
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E Wilson
Apr 26, 2015 rated it liked it
This book picked up the story of the Kennedy family after John and
Robert were killed. It was mostly sympathetic to all of the family
members. Most of the criticism that there was fell on Ted for his
conduct during the Chappaquiddick incident, his treatment of his wife, Joan, and his treatment of Eunice's husband, Sargent Shriver.

The author obviously thought very highly of Sargent Shriver who
was an honorable and intelligent man. However, the Kennedys were not
eager to have the in laws get in on t
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RNOCEAN
Nov 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
"For more than half a century, Americans have been captivated by the Kennedys - their joy and heartbreak, tragedy and triumph, the dark side and the remarkable achievements. In this ambitious and sweeping account, Taraborelli continues the family chronicle begun with his bestselling Jackie, Ethel, Joan and provides a behind-the-scenes look at the years "after Camelot." He describes the challenges Bobby's children faced as they grew into adulthood; Eunice and Sargent Shriver's remarkable philanth ...more
Barb
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
J. Randy Taraborrelli has given us an amazing account of an amazing family in his newest book After Camelot. It is a perfect sequel, if you will, to Jackie, Ethel & Joan: The Women of Camelot. I am glad I had the opportunity to read Jackie, Ethel & Joan first, although I don't think one would necessarily have to read it first, but it did give me tremendous insight into the dynamics of the Kennedy family. Both books compliment each other well. After Camelot is an extremely informative acc ...more
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