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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (215 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Kennedy Lawford Narrator: Christopher Kennedy Lawford Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Born into enormous privilege as well as burdened by gut-wrenching family tragedy, Christopher Kennedy Lawford now shares his life story, offering a rare glimpse into the private worlds of the rich and famous of both Washington politics and the Hollywood elite. A triumphantly inspiring memoir, the first from a Kennedy family member since Rose Kennedy's 1974 autobiography, Lawford's Symptoms of Withdrawal tells the bittersweet truth about life inside America's greatest family legacy.

As the firstborn child of famed Rat Pack actor Peter Lawford and Patricia Kennedy, sister to John F. Kennedy, Christopher Kennedy Lawford grew up with presidents and movie stars as close relatives and personal friends.

Lawford recalls Marilyn Monroe teaching him to dance the twist in his living room when he was still a toddler, being awakened late at night by his uncle Jack to hear him announce his candidacy for president, being perched atop a high-roller craps table in Las Vegas while Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack swapped jokes and threw dice, and other treasured memories of his youth as part of America's royal family.

In spite of this seemingly idyllic childhood, Lawford's early life was marked by the traumatic assassinations of his beloved uncles Jack and Bobby, and he soon succumbed to the burgeoning drug scene of the 1970s during his teen years. With compelling realism mixed with equal doses of self-deprecating wit, youthful bravado, and hard-earned humility, Symptoms of Withdrawal chronicles Lawford's deep and long descent into near-fatal drug and alcohol addiction, and his subsequent formidable path back to the sobriety he has preserved for the past 20 years.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gayle | 1/9/2014

    " A Kennedy is a Kennedy is a Kennedy "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lennie | 7/8/2013

    " Christopher Lawford writes a memoir about growing up in the Kennedy family. While he's not one of the more well-known cousins, he offers insight into the Kennedy clan as well as his battle with drug addiction. I think this is an interesting book and I appreciate the honesty in which it is written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Monica | 7/2/2013

    " There are so many issues surrounding addiction. I found the author insightful and forthcoming, but frustrating and cocky, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Susan | 6/28/2013

    " Chistopher Lawford is the son of the actor, Peter Lawfod and the sister of President Kennedy. This is the story of the first 50ish years of his life. It is both interesting and well told. "

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