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The Kennedys may well be the most photographed, written about, talked about, admired, hated, and controversial family in American history. But for all the words and pictures, the real story was not told until Peter Collier and David Horowitz spent years researching archives and interviewing both family members and hundreds of people close to the Kennedys. 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. The authors have added new material showing the effect of the death of John F. Kennedy Jr., and the other family tragedies of the last few years, on the Kennedys and their mythic role in American life. This editon is in 2 volumes. The Second volume isbn is 9781458796783.
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Peter Collier is the founding editor and currently a consultant to Encounter Books. He has worked as an author and editor for the last thirty years. During that time, he has written novels, short stories and screenplays, along with best selling biographies. Referred to in the New York Times as ''America's premier biographer of dynastic tragedy,'' Collier is best known for The Rockefellers; An American Dynasty; The Kennedys; An American Dream; The Fords; An American Epic; and Destructive Generation (all with David Horowitz). He is also the author of The Fondas; A Hollywood Dynasty and The Roosevelts; An American Saga. Recent books include Medal of Honor; Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty, with photographs by Nick Del Calzo, and The Anti-Chomsky Reader, co-edited with David Horowitz.David Horowitz is a nationally known author and lifelong civil rights activist. Previously a long time founder of the New Left movement in the 1960s, he has gone on to pen numerous books, includingThe Politics of Bad Faith,The Art of Political WarandRadical Son, his autobiography. Since 1988 he had served as president of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture,Review:
''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
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