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Title:
The good son : JFK Jr. and the mother he loved
Author:
Andersen, Christopher P., author.
Edition:
First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Gallery Books, 2014.

©2014
Physical Description:
xv, 352 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
Like many parents and children, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and JFK Jr. shared an intense, tender, and often tempestuous bond. It was, quite simply, the most important relationship in John's life. With riveting insight, Andersen reveals how mother and son influenced, challenged, and supported each other through good times and bad, unveiling startling new details about a family we thought we already knew: John's reaction to his mother's bout with suicidal depression and growing dependence on prescription drugs; the surreal and ultimately catastrophic impact of the Onassis years; the premonitions that terrified Jackie about John's fate; Jackie's success at keeping John away from his hellraising cousins, and his complicated relationship with the rest of the clan; the power she wielded over his affairs with Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker, Daryl Hannah, and others; how John privately handled the scandalous revelations about his parents' marriage; the secrets about John's own turbulent marriage and his senseless death. Bittersweet, provocative, thoughtful and inspiring, this is the often heartbreaking tale of two lives tested by history and tragedy.--From publisher description.
Language:
English
Contents:
Part I. His mother's son -- "Please don't do it" -- The son he had longed for -- "John, you can salute Daddy now" -- "A Kennedy never gives up" -- "I want to help him go back and find his father" -- A shoebox full of diamonds -- The crown prince -- Part II. John on his own -- Just one of the guys -- "My mother will be frantic" -- "I'm not my father" -- "The luckiest man alive".
ISBN:
9781476775562

9781476775579
Format :
Book

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author delivers another dramatic installment in the lives of the Kennedys--including new details about JFK Jr., his relationship with his mother, his many girlfriends, and the night of his tragic death.

Critically acclaimed author Christopher Andersen is a master of celebrity biographies--boasting sixteen bestsellers, among them These Few Precious Days , Mick , and William and Kate. Now, in his latest thrilling book, new and untold details of the life and death of JFK Jr. come to light, released in time for the fifteenth year marker of the tragic plane crash on July 16, 1999.

At the heart of The Good Son is the most important relationship in JFK Jr.'s life: that with his mother, the beautiful and mysterious Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Andersen explores his reactions to his mother's post-Dallas suicidal depression and growing dependence on prescription drugs (as well as men); how Jackie felt about the women in her son's life, from Madonna and Sarah Jessica Parker, to Daryl Hannah and Carolyn Bessette, to his turbulent marriage; the senseless plane crash the took his life; the aftermath of shock, loss, grief, and confusion; and much more. Offering new insights into the intense, tender, often stormy relationship between this iconic mother and son, The Good Son is a riveting, bittersweet biography for lovers of all things Kennedy.


Author Notes

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.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Library Journal Review

Best-selling biographer Andersen (These Few Precious Days: The Final Year of Jack with Jackie) provides an in-depth look at the tragically short life of John F. Kennedy Jr. The author emphasizes the relationship he had with his mother, Jackie, and skillfully interweaves profiles of several other influential people in his life, including his sister Caroline, billionaire stepfather Aristotle Onassis, and wife Carolyn Bessette. Anderson recounts well-known events, such as Kennedy Jr. hiding underneath the presidential desk as a toddler and the tabloid fodder that resulted from his many paramours. Besides the young man's notable achievements, such as founding George magazine, Anderson also describes darker events that impacted the Kennedy clan including criminal prosecutions, accounts of substance abuse, and numerous untimely deaths. There have been several volumes written about America's most renowned former first family and numerous John F. Kennedy Jr. biographies exist. Matt Berman provides a personal perspective on the late scion's life is his recent account, JFK Jr., George, & Me: A Memoir. VERDICT Anderson's work, unfortunately, does not afford much new material. However, this comprehensive text will satisfy new readers to this iconic family's saga, or perhaps Kennedy completists.-Mary Jennings, Camano Island Lib., WA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Preface: "A Certain Gallantry"p. xiii
Part 1 His Mother's Son
1 "Please Don't Do It"p. 3
2 The Son He Had Longed Forp. 15
3 "John, You Can Salute Daddy Now"p. 41
4 "A Kennedy Never Gives Up"p. 67
5 "I Want to Help Him Go Back and Find His Father"p. 91
6 A Shoe Box Full of Diamondsp. 125
7 The Crown Princep. 181
Part 2 John on his Own
8 Just One of the Guysp. 197
9 "My Mother Will Be Frantic"p. 213
10 "I'm Not My Father"p. 243
11 "The Luckiest Man Alive"p. 291
Acknowledgmentsp. 327
Sources and Chapter Notesp. 331
Bibliographyp. 339
Indexp. 345