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The Kardashians: An American Drama

2.72  ·  Rating details ·  149 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews

Secrets and scandals of the Kardashians, so closely held that not even hard core fans have heard about them, are finally exposed in New York Times bestselling author Jerry Oppenheimer's forensic dissection of the infamous reality TV clan. From the curious life of patriarch Robert Kardashian, whose family meatpacking business was tainted by scandal, to “momager” Kris Jenner

Hardcover, 313 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by St. Martin's Press
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Sep 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: september-2017
This book gets the rare and dreaded 1 Star.

I thought I would love this book and I'm extremely disappointed. As you should all know by now I love The Kardashians. Its not a guilty pleasure because I feel no guilt or shame for my love of America's First Family. I've also always enjoyed books by Jerry Oppenheimer, I've read four of them and really enjoyed his writing. So I thought that The Kardashians: An American Drama would hit me right in my sweet spot but unfortunately NOPE!

I was really put o
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
I never realized how little I knew about the Kardashians ... and how little I cared ):
Miranda Reads
Jul 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
Came here looking for a fun exposé / history of the Kardashians, instead got a vindictive, jealous rant.

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Oct 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Saw this at the library and picked it up--am intrigued by how/why this family is so famous. After reading this I am still wondering...
Oct 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
I'm not sure why so many people love the Kardashians. They know how to brand themselves, but other than that not much substance. Total waste of my time.
May 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction
I'm a little ashamed that I actually read this, but I'm really sick and I needed a mindless book to read. This fit the bill perfectly.

This book is as trashy as they come, but the author's absolute hatred for the Kardashians (especially Kris and Kim) is a little weird. I know everyone loves to hate this family, but he took it to another level. I was also extremely uncomfortable with the racial undertones throughout this book, as the author is seemingly obsessed with pointing out if someone is bla
Naomi Kelsey
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
A very old school dishy, bitchy "deep background" story of the "Founding Fathers and Mothers" of the Kardashian Clan.
This book was entertaining, the kind of thing you read on a plane and glean like four new facts about celebrities' lives from.
The weird part to me is that the author clearly has so much contempt (and quite frankly, misogyny) towards the whole group that I'm confused why he spent what's likely the better part of a year writing this book (if not more!). If you detest Kim Kardashia
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Probably the most honest account of anything approximating truthful and full of integrity. No, the author ain't that. But the facts just might be. Needed something delicious, salacious, sordid, gossipy, full of nitty-gritty details of who they were before they were you know...infamy rules because Kris is truly a shrewd master MASTER manipulator, who very lucratively pimped out her children.

And really, if there was any tragic hero....maybe the patriarch of that family. Would he be turning over, o
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaways, 2017
2.5/5. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via the Goodreads giveaway.

This book details the story of America's current most notorious family, the tabloid fixture that is the Kardashians. This book is told in three parts: the Momager (otherwise known as Kris Jenner) the Mouthpiece (otherwise known as Robert Kardashian) and the Miscreants (Kourtney, Kim, Khloe), and details the early days of all of the famous family members.

For starters, this book appears to be meticulously rese
Kim Bakos
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
I had a hard time knowing what to believe as I read this book. From the very first chapter, it is very clear that the author has nothing but contempt for the whole Kardashian clan. With that big of a bias, I was quite sure that everything was seen through that filter and presented in the worst light as possible.
There were a number of things that were flat out wrong - Linda Thompson didn't find Elvis when he died, they had already split up months before his death and was living in CA at the time.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'm no Kardashian apologist. But, I saw this on the shelf and thought it might be interesting to read some backstory on the clan and how they rose up from the beginning. This book obviously delves into that, but it's seemingly written for a very specific audience. Do you hate the Kardashians with a passion (he obviously does, especially Kris). Do you think that Robert was just a poor schmuck who just wanted to dress nice, have famous friends, and be loved? Are you scandalized by interracial rela ...more
Megan Hartley
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Racist author? He's obsessed with interracial dating and discloses the race of people even when it has nothing to do with the context of the story. Like, I'm pretty sure we all know Kanye West is black without the author mentioning it several times. Interesting story, though I can't wrap my head around the fact that this author actually gets paid to put words together to form sentences.
Marianne Donovan
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: won
I wanted to read "The Kardashians: An American Drama" by Jerry Oppenheimer because I am not a reality tv fan and I wanted to see what I was missing without having to watch them on tv because they have become a huge part of current American pop culture. I did not care for the book at all. It seemed so biased against them and every decision that they have made in their personal lives. While I may not think that they have always behaved in a manner that I would have chosen, I did not think that the ...more
Kya Young
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, nonfiction
I am a sucker for the Kardashians. I know a lot of people hate them, but I get so sucked up into the drama, fake or real. I love that this book is mainly based on Kris and how she grew up and her relationships and how the Kardashian name became known around the world. This book also branches off to talk about her first husband Robert Kardashian, the lawyer and best friend of O.J Simpson. It also goes on about the show starting and of course, the Bruce to Caitlyn Jenner Switch. Out of all the chi ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Informative but very repetitive.
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love or hate the Kardashians, you have to admire Mama Kris's propensity to turn everything into a boon and make money.

What I liked about this book is that it seemed like the most honest look at the happenings in America's reality TV royalty don't have Kris putting her own spin on things - a lot of this book pointed out discrepancies between what insiders know and Kris claimed happened in her own book (Kris Jenner . . . And All Things Kardashian) and how she glosses over a lot of neg
May 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
The author HATES the Kardashians... and seems obsessed with RACE. It was very Eh for me.
Steve Wilson
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
A book courtesy of Goodreads Giveaways.

In all honesty I personally have no interest in the Kardashians or their reality shows. The exception would be Robert Kardashian who I followed during the OJ Simpson trial. Regardless, I am aware that the Kardashian clan fascinates many and is indeed an item which frequently comes up in casual conversation. I viewed reading this book as an opportunity to gain some knowledge of the Kardashians so that I could participate and understand some of these discussi
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh, man! That hit the spot. I love how much this focused on Robert Kardashian seniors history more than the Kardashian family as we know them on reality TV.

It's really repetitive at times, which made me wonder if Oppenheimer is slipping and/or just has a really bad editor. It's unreadable in spots because of the writing, but if you take a light approach to these types of bios, which I do, you will enjoy it. It's very tabloid, but with a healthy dose of curious and unknown information about the
Caitlin Cromer
Interesting but unnecessarily hostile.

This book reads like a cheap, bitter tabloid. Some of the information presented is biographical and interesting, but the author is so consumed by his hatred of his subjects that he sometimes sounds racist, sexist, homophobic, and otherwise incredibly mean spirited in his effort to cast a pall over everything and everyone related to the Kardashian dynasty. Whether you love them or hate them, the authors palatable distaste for them ruins any credibility he may
Lisa Mcbroom
My mantra is I try to eat healthy but I like a good dose of junk food in a while. Thus my Television watching can go from PBS to reality shows. I watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians and proud of it! LOL! Normally I love Jerry Oppenheimers books they are written with a biting wit. This one was very mean spirited and racist. I don't care for Kris Jenner but Oppemheimer seems to have a real hatred towards her . I am extremely horrified that he would pick on her mom who is suffering from pancreati ...more
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
As other reviews have mentioned, the author is race-obsessed and every chapter seems to end with a “Bob Kardashian must be rolling in his grave” style anecdote.
That being said it’s a gleeful deconstruction of Kris Jenner’s 2011 “memoir” so if you like trash, this is a safe bet. Who knew even MJ was this ruthless?!

I mean, I have never heard of this family.
Apr 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
I read this book to know HOW the Kardashian’s as we know them now came to be. But there were too many side stories, name drops, and irrelevant/repetitive details that I quit with only 40 pages left. It was poorly written, many sentences requiring 2 or 3 glances before I understood what they were trying to say. I feel like someone typed this in a frenzy & sent off the first draft.
Donna D
Mar 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
If I could give this no stars I would. I know what you're thinking. " It serves you right for being interested in those people at all !" To that I say, we all have our shameful secrets!
Mr. Oppenheimer might be one of the worst writers in America today! Do not waste your time on this drivel for one moment.
Apr 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
Oppenheimer seems bitterly jealous of the Kardashians’ success. Never misses the opportunity to include a negative descriptor, especially when discussing Kris and Kim. I’m not one to defend the Kardashians, but for an “investigative reporter”, Oppenheimer sure comes across as an angry old man who has nothing better to do than dig into whatever tawdry history he can find of the rich and famous.
Ashley Adams
This book is all about name-dropping and scandal (of course!). It is also clunky reading and thoughts thinly tied together, like something sloppily cut-and-paste out of Wikipedia articles. Not even a fun read for trashy magazine-style gossip.
May 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
The story of Kris Houghton Kardashian Jenner and Robert Kardashian, their early life, how they met, and how they built a multi-million dollar empire based on absolutely no talent whatsoever. Author provides discrepancies between research and what Kris Kardashian wrote in her tell all memoir.
Annie Booker
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing, even though I'm not a Kardashian fan. I've always felt rather sorry for Robert and what he went through with Kris and with OJ Simpson.
Nov 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Not what I expected. This author has a severe biased to this family and it's repetative.
Jeanmarie Burchett
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was a very fun read. It was like reading an extended article in people magazine.
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