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The Kennedys : the third generation
Gibson, Barbara.
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New York, NY : Pinnacle Books, [1999]

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458 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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E843 .G53 1999 Adult Mass Market Paperback Central Closed Stacks
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As personal secretary to Rose Kennedy, Barbara Gibson has had access to all three generations of the infamous Kennedy clan. In this fascinating tell-all book, she and co-writer Ted Schwartz give readers an inside look at the shocking scandals, extraordinary triumphs, unparalleled tragedies, and terrible disgraces -- both public and private -- that have created one of the most influential dynasties in America -- and defined its next generation.

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Perhaps emblematic of their stature within the family, the third generation of Kennedys receives concentrated attention in just the final third of this memoir, with Joseph, Rose and their offspring dominating the rest of the book. And at that, the scuttlebutt here is familiar. Even the insider info that Gibson, who was Rose's secretary from 1968-1978, offers is hardly news: Rose punished her children by wacking them with a wooden coat hanger; Joseph purchased some 40,000 copies of his son John's treatise Why England Slept to make it a bestseller in 1940. And if Rose and Joe were rotten parents, the second generation was even lousier, according to Gibson, who takes them to task for their indifference to their children. After parading a gang of brats, Gibson, writing with freelancer Schwarz, ultimately grants her imprimatur to a few of the 29 grandchildren who as adults she praises for giving substance to the notion of public service that to their parents was only a matter of image-making. Among them are Mary Kerry Cuomo, Bobby Kennedy Jr. and his brother Michael. There are good marks also for JFK's two offspring and Maria Shriver. Photos not seen by PW . (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 9
Introductionp. 11
Chapter 1 Joseph Kennedy II: The State of the Dynasty Todayp. 15
Chapter 2 The Dynasty's Roots: Kennedys and Fitzgeraldsp. 27
Chapter 3 Joe and Rose: The Dynasty Risesp. 49
Chapter 4 The Sins of the Parents Visited upon the Childrenp. 107
Chapter 5 The Making and Unmaking of Camelotp. 161
Chapter 6 David Kennedy: The Third Generation's First Tragedyp. 215
Chapter 7 Ted Kennedy: The Man Between Generationsp. 251
Chapter 8 William Kennedy Smith and Palm Beachp. 273
Chapter 9 Wandering in the Wildernessp. 315
Chapter 10 The Dynasty: Death and Redemptionp. 337
Epiloguep. 435
Addendum: Another Tragic Endingp. 439
Addendum: Kennedy Crash Updatep. 449
Bibliographyp. 453