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.
C. David Heymann
Chapter 1: The Fall of Icarus (1)
Chapter 2: The Fall of Icarus (2)
Chapter 3: "Good Morning, Mr. President"
Chapter 4: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Chapter 5: Camelot at Dusk
Chapter 6: New York, 1964-1968
Chapter 7: Rich as Croesus
Chapter 8: Rites of Passage
Chapter 9: A Greek Tragedy
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
Chapter 15: The Best and Worst of Times
Chapter 16: John and Daryl
Chapter 17: Death Be Not Proud
Chapter 18: Passing the Torch
Chapter 19: Love's Labour's Lost
Chapter 20: Wedding of the Decade
Chapter 21: Paradise Lost
Chapter 22: Keeper of the Flame