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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (161 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Collier, David Horowitz Narrator: Christopher Hurt Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Who are the Kennedys? Are they the brilliant, heroic, extraordinary people their admirers believe them to be? Or are they arrogant, competitive, self-absorbed children of a willful and immensely rich patriarch, as their detractors claim? In fact, they are all of these things and more.

Years in the making, based on hundreds of interviews with family members and associates and extensive research into archives and sources unused until now, this is the nationwide bestseller whose very publication caused an uproar in the press—the first and only book to fully penetrate the Kennedy inner sanctum and reveal the true, all-too-human saga behind America’s most famous family.

An immediate classic, The Kennedys combines intimate knowledge with a perspective free of obligations to family loyalties and myths, bringing the story of four generations of “America’s family” fully into view. Collier and Horowitz capture the strain of ambition, the dynastic ebb and flow, the invention of a mythic identity, the corrosive underside of the dream of Camelot—developed over four generations—that led one young Kennedy to say, “We broke the rules and in turn we were broken by them.” The Kennedys: An American Drama is a fascinating and brilliantly comprehensive history that brings together, for the first time, all the complex strains of the story of the Kennedys’ rise and fall.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is a hypnotically fascinating narrative that Peter Collier and David Horowitz have put together…An irresistible epic.”

    New York Times

  • “This epic eloquently and devastatingly chronicles the star-crossed dynasty.”

    Newsweek

  • “It’s a saga for sure, but between these covers, the mythology of the name is blown away.”

    Forbes

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Erica | 7/30/2013

    " A pretty good introduction to the repeated tragedies of the Kennedy family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lauren Lowther | 5/28/2013

    " Good if you are interested in: Kennedys (a very detailed history), World War II history, 1950s world and domestic politics. Sometimes the detail is a bit much and makes it like ready a history textbook. Mostly good, however. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Allison Long | 6/1/2012

    " I'm an avid Kennedy bio reader and 'The Kennedys' takes you through Joe Sr. to David Kennedy without ever being dull. It's a little disconcerting that by 'Kennedys', Collier means the men only. In fact, I have serious issues with that, but can appreciate a good story when I read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amber | 2/21/2012

    " Learned a lot of information that I never knew about the Kennedy family. Very interesting. "

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About the Author

Peter Collier has worked as an author and editor for over forty years. During that time, he has written novels, short stories and screenplays, along with bestselling biographies. His works include The Kennedys: An American Dream and The Anti-Chomsky Reader, both with David Horowitz.