After Camelot is a comprehensively researched, revelatory new book about the Kennedy clan that closes the final chapter on one of America's most celebrated political dynasties. It is the completion of over two decades of meticulous research by an author who is famous for sweeping, objective histories of America's most famous legends and icons.
Featuring exclusive interviews with Kennedy family and friends, including never-before-revealed details about the Jacqueline Kennedy-Aristotle Onassis marriage, the intense political rivalry between Sargent Shriver and Ted Kennedy and how it kept Shriver out of the White House, Ethel's personal ordeal following Bobby's assassination and the many challenges faced by the third generation of the Kennedys, from overdoses and accidents to social and political triumphs, After Camelot will be the political publishing event of the year.
After Camelot begins where Jackie, Ethel, Joan left off: with Jackie, devastated by the assassination of her husband Jack and one of her closest friends, Bobby, seeking to reclaim her life from a Kennedy "curse" she fears will one day strike her own children. The chronicles that follow are nothing less than Shakespearean in scope: Ted's Chappaquiddick scandal; Rosemary Kennedy's forced lobotomy and how it compelled Eunice Kennedy Shriver to found the special Olympics; the William Kennedy Smith rape trial and the way his mother Jean Kennedy Smith, rallied to her son's defense and became an influential player in the family as a result.
J. Randy Taraborrelli is a respected journalist, in-demand guest and the author of seventeen books, ten of which have made the New York Times bestselling list. These include Call Her Miss Ross, Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot, Madonna: An Intimate Biography, Elizabeth, Michael Jackson: The Magic, The Madness, the Whole Story, and The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe.
In addition to his work as a biographer, he has worked as a CBS News Analyst, during which time he covered the Michael Jackson molestation trial for that network and was widely praised for his objective reporting. He joined "CBS Evening News" anchor Katie Couric live on air to provide commentary on Michael Jackson's funeral.