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From the moment of their births, John and Caroline Kennedy occupied a central position in what is generally regarded as the most famous family in the United States, if not the world. Even as young children growing up in the White House, their most subtle gestures and actions made headlines.... Yet until now they have not been the subject of a dual biography. In that sense, this volume represents a first.

In American Legacy, #1 New York Times bestselling author C. David Heymann draws upon a voluminous archive of personal interviews to present a telling portrait of John and Caroline Kennedy. A longtime biographer of various members of the Kennedy clan, including Jackie and Robert Kennedy, Heymann covers John's and Caroline's childhood in the White House, the dark aftermath of their father's assassination, their uneasy adolescence, and the many challenges they faced as adults, all under the glaring eye of the media. He reveals John's and Caroline's loving but at times trying relationship with their larger-than-life mother, as well as Jackie's own emotional struggles, romantic relationships, and financial concerns following JFK's death.

Other revelations brought to light for the first time in American Legacy include the assassination attempt made on Jackie just before she gave birth to John; JFK Jr.'s romantic escapades prior to marrying Carolyn Bessette and accounts of the predominantly happy marriage they shared despite criticisms from questionable sources; the shocking report of the autopsy performed on John following the tragic plane crash that killed him, Carolyn, and her sister Lauren; Caroline's rise to become one of the wealthiest women in America and her life now as the sole keeper of her family's magnificently complex legacy.

Utterly compelling and full of new and fascinating details, American Legacy overturns much of what we thought we knew about two of the most talked-about members of the Kennedy family.

About the Author

C. David Heymann is the internationally known author of such New York Times bestselling books as The Georgetown Ladies' Social Club; RFK: A Candid Biography of Robert F. Kennedy; Poor Little Rich Girl: The Life and Legend of Barbara Hutton; and A Woman Named Jackie: An Intimate Biography of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. Three of his works have been made into award-winning NBC-TV miniseries. A three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, he lives and works in Manhattan.

Table of Contents


Author's Note

Part I

Chapter 1: The Fall of Icarus (1)

Chapter 2: The Fall of Icarus (2)

Part II

Chapter 3: "Good Morning, Mr. President"

Chapter 4: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Chapter 5: Camelot at Dusk

Part III

Chapter 6: New York, 1964-1968

Chapter 7: Rich as Croesus

Chapter 8: Rites of Passage

Chapter 9: A Greek Tragedy

Part IV

Chapter 10: First Love

Chapter 11: Brown

Chapter 12: Maurice and Ed

Chapter 13: Winners and Losers

Chapter 14: Babies, Books, Boys, and New Girlfriends

Part V

Chapter 15: The Best and Worst of Times

Chapter 16: John and Daryl

Chapter 17: Death Be Not Proud

Part VI

Chapter 18: Passing the Torch

Chapter 19: Love's Labour's Lost

Chapter 20: Wedding of the Decade

Chapter 21: Paradise Lost

Part VII

Chapter 22: Keeper of the Flame


Chapter Notes

Bibliography Index

Product Details

Heymann, C. David
Atria Books
Historical - U.S.
Rich & Famous
General Biography
Kennedy, John F
Kennedy, Caroline
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