It is a tell-it-all about the three Kenney wives and listening to it
helped me relive some days of my younger days when John, Robert
and Ted Kenney were alive and running for various political offices.
For some reason, I never followed too closely the dirt behind
their respective careers . . . yet this book more than made up for
anything I may have missed.
If everything in it is to be believed, I now know that Joe Kennedy
offered Jackie $1 million not to divorce JFK and Jackie allegedly
replied, "The price goes to $20 million if Jack brings home any
venereal diseases." . . . also, that Bobby had an affair with
actress Lee Remick who actually called Ethel to tell her that they
were sleeping together--only to be told by Ethel that he was
home in bed (when he was actually with Remick) . . . and that
Ted once showed up for drunk with a prostitute for dinner with
the king and queen of Belgium, whose priceless antique coach
Ted's date ruined by wetting it.
Overall, the book left me feeling sorry for the Kennedy women . . . although they appeared so glorious from afar, how they were forced to live their lives because of the constant spotlight made life anything but easy for them.
If ever three women would be changed, and challenged, by their marriages, they would be Jacqueline Bouvier, Ethel Skakel, and Joan Bennett.
Using extensive research and a wealth of information available to no other biographers, bestselling author J. Randy Taraborrelli truly captures the special sisterhood shared by the three famous Kennedy wives - Jacqueline Bouvier, Ethel Skakel and Joan Bennett. Here, in new details, are firsthand revelations about... Jackie's real feelings on JFK and Marilyn Monroe...how Ethel and Joan chose to handle their husbands' infidelities...how Joan battled alcoholism with Jackie's support...Ethel's and Joan's actions during Chappaquiddick, including Jackie's opinion about that tragedy...and the jealousy and love that emerged when it seemed that first Ethel and then Joan would be the next Kennedy First Lady.
Carefully separating fact from innuendo and probing the women's close and complicated relationships with one another, Jackie, Ethel and Joan presents a balanced and affectionate portrait of three courageous women that may inspire us all.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a real insight about the Kennedy clan during the Camelot years. Reading this book will make you feel like you are part of the family and an eye opener to what really went on. It is a tribute to the women who stood behind their Kennedy men and how they rose above the ongoing trauma and became the "strong ones"!
This book is about the Kennedy women, although, all the Kennedys are mentioned. It was very interesting to me because it is history of our past President and his family. It tells of the closeness of the Kennedy women; the friction between them; and what they had to endure as a Kennedy wife, yet still supported their men through all trials and tribulations. I would highly recommend it for anyone interested in history and/or the Kennedy Clan.