Allie Smith's Reviews > After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family - 1968 to the Present

After Camelot by J. Randy Taraborrelli
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Jul 20, 2012

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Read from July 20 to August 19, 2012

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 members over the years and obviously has a great deal of respect for his subject matter. Yet, he does not sugarcoat the facts. There’s a lot of dirt here – lots of details about the many scandals the family has endured. However, if you’re a Kennedy follower, there aren’t a lot of new, big revelations. But having all the details in one book gives the reader a better sense of the family, as well as the historical and emotional context of the events. Be prepared for the solemnly tone in the second part of the book, however, as the second generation passes on.

The resounding theme throughout the book is the much trumpeted opinion that there’s a “Kennedy Curse,” which is hard to argue, given the family’s history. However the author brings up two interesting points of view that put a spin on this perspective (although he does not contradict it). One is the Greek belief that hubris, of which the Kennedys have often been accused, often leads to tragedy. The second, as quoted by Sargent Shriver, is that if there is a curse, “So be it.” The Kennedy’s have benefited from hard work, tremendous luck and good fortune and if they’ve had to endure a curse to experience all that…”so be it.”

The author concludes with his speculation that the great days of Camelot are over. The death knoll of the fairy tale started with the tragic death of JFK Jr., and then with the passing of Ted Kennedy, the eternal flame of Camelot was all but extinguished. It’s hard to argue his point – although this was published before Taylor Swift showed up on the scene, so who knows what the future may bring…ha, ha.
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