the kennedys

Up until the 1960s and 70s, there had been few, if any, human beings who were forced to live their lives under such intense media scrutiny as John F. Kennedy Jr. did.

Born in 1960, at the dawn of the television era. His father, a master of the new medium, used his young family to project a false, but highly attractive, image of himself as a wholesome family man. President Kennedy’s assassination increased public pressure on John even though he was only a boy. The salute by that little boy in blue at his father’s casket cemented the belief that John would be the natural heir to his father’s legacy.

"America’s Reluctant Prince" is a biography of JFK jr. by Steven Gillon - Scholar-in-Residence at The History Channel and Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma. There is also a corresponding documentary with A&E, which is based on the book and features Steven Gillon, “JFK JR – The Final Years,” and it will premiere on July 16, the 20th anniversary of JFK. Jr’s death.

Jon Ward and Book cover for "Camelot's End"
Author photo by Lawrence Jackson

Told in full for the first time, “Camelot’s End: Kennedy vs. Carter and the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party” is a carefully threaded narrative of Ted Kennedy and Jimmy Carter leading up to a brutal primary in 1980 that forever altered American politics.

Jon Ward, a 20+ year D.C. political journalist, will join us on this week’s Book Show.

In the new book, "Robert F. Kennedy: Ripples Of Hope," Kerry Kennedy pays homage to her father’s life and legacy through incisive interviews with heads of state, business leaders, influences, and activists inspired by his enduring message of healing divisions through social justice and compassion.

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of RFK’s assassination. The volume is a testament to his accomplishments as well as an urgent clarion call in a time of great political and social upheaval.

Kerry Kennedy is the President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

While Joe Kennedy was grooming his sons for the White House and the Senate, his Stanford-educated daughter Eunice was tapping her father’s fortune and her brothers’ political power to engineer one of the great civil rights movements of our time on behalf of millions of children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Now, in "Eunice," Pulitzer Prize winner Eileen McNamara finally brings Eunice Kennedy Shriver out from her brothers’ shadow.

In the new book, Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, historian Kate Clifford Larson reveals the what Kennedy matriarch, Rose Kennedy called "the first Kennedy tragedy."A tragedy that in fact lead the family to one of its greatest missions. The only biography to view the family to through the lens of its little known daughter Rosemary opens an extraordinary new window to America's most famous dynasty.  

Joe and Rose Kennedy's beautiful daughter Rosemary attended the most prestigious schools, was presented as a debutante to the Queen of England, and traveled the world with her high spirited sisters, yet Rosemary was intellectually disabled. A secret guarded by her powerful and glamorous family out of fear that it would  threaten family aspirations. 

  On May 5, 2006, the New York Times ran two stories, “Patrick Kennedy Crashes Car into Capitol Barrier” and then, several hours later, “Patrick Kennedy Says He'll Seek Help for Addiction.” It was the first time that the popular Rhode Island congressman had publicly disclosed his addiction to prescription painkillers, the true extent of his struggle with bipolar disorder and his plan to immediately seek treatment. That could have been the end of his career, but instead it was the beginning.