The Kennedy Curse

Why Tragedy Has Haunted America's First Family for 150 Years
Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
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Death was merciful to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, for it spared her a parent's worst nightmare: the loss of a child. But if Jackie had lived to see her son, JFK Jr., perish in a plane crash on his way to his cousin's wedding, she would have been doubly horrified by the familiar pattern in the tragedy. Once again, on a day that should have been full of joy and celebration, America's first family was struck by the Kennedy Curse. 

In this probing expose, renowned Kennedy biographer Edward Klein - a best-selling author and journalist personally acquainted with many members of the Kennedy family - unravels one of the great mysteries of our time and explains why the Kennedys have been subjected to such a mind-boggling chain of calamities. Drawing upon scores of interviews with people who have never spoken out before, troves of private documents, archives in Ireland and America, and private conversations with Jackie, Klein explores the underlying pattern that governs the Kennedy Curse. The listener is treated to seven profiles demonstrating the basic premise of this book: The Kennedy Curse is the result of the destructive collision between the Kennedy's fantasy of omnipotence - an unremitting desire to get away with things that others cannot - and the cold, hard realities of life.

©2003 Edward Klein (P)2018 Tantor

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An Apt Title for a Dysfunctional Family


This was an interesting book about the Kennedy's and the tragedies that have befallen their family. Giving insight into their Irish background and how events shaped them for better and more often for worse, it is difficult not to come to the conclusion that tragedy befalls this family so much. As the book states, 9 lives of the family were lost in this century alone. So many admired and wanted to be them, but in fact it was a highly dysfunctional family. I read this book using immersion reading while listening to the audio book. Paul Boemer ably described the text. A hard to put down read.

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Not what I was expecting

It was a struggle at times. Some parts were interesting. I am glad it ended.

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Heartbreaking Family Biography

This is a well-written and documented account. History reveals the truth of what happens when power is pursued through oppression and with abandon. We aren't allowed to abuse other people without suffering the consequences. Slavery takes on many forms and slavemasters always pay a high price for their sins.

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