For anyone who thought they knew everything there was to know about the Kennedys, a new novel by J. Randy Taraborrelli brings to light many unknown facts.
The novel After Camelot: A personal history of the Kennedy family, looks into the many views not released in other novels about the Kennedys. The 592 page non-fictional novel was released earlier this year. Based on well developed research about the Kennedy clan, the author J. Randy Taraborrelli, does a fantastic job at balancing both sides of life for the Kennedy family. After Camelot, takes a deep look into the tragic side as well as, the successful side to everyone in the family. While most novels I have read look at the more well known Kennedy’s such as John, Bobby, Ted and Jackie, this novel goes into others that are not as well known. Rosemary, Ethel and Sgt. Shriver are all under review in this novel. You learn about the overwhelming amount of charitable works that were not boasted about in public. The novel goes into details about what was said to Joan by former President Bush as he consoled her at Ted Kennedy’s funeral.
The chapters, I found were short and to the point. However, as far as details this is the novel to read for the unknown matters about the Kennedys. There were a few noticeable errors I found, one being Joan is said to have been majoring in Music in college however, she was actually majoring in English with a minor in Music. After Camelot covers all the other known stories about the Kennedy’s such as John Jr.’s relations with Daryl Hannah and Madonna. It also covers subjects about David Kennedy’s drug abuse as well as some touch and go stories about Ted’s questionable relations with other women. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who is interested in history and politics.