《New Book Condition + Hardcover Edition + Biography of JFK.JR》Jerry Oppenheimer - RFK Jr. : Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and the Dark Side of the Dream
This New York Times bestseller in hardcover edition is a bran-new book and nicely wrapped with protective book-wrapper. The original new book is sold at usual price RM120.50 (Hardcover). Now here Only at RM18. “A bombshell unauthorized biography tells the haunting past that kept Kennedy from following in his father’s footsteps.” ―New York Daily News From New York Times bestselling author Jerry Oppenheimer comes a sensational biography of the son of the legendary Senator and troubled standard bearer of America's most fabled political dynasty. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. inherited his assassinated father’s piercing blue eyes and Brahmin style, earning a reputation as the nation’s foremost environmental activist and lawyer―the “toxic avenger”―battling corporate polluters. But in this, the most revelatory portrait ever of a Kennedy, Oppenheimer places Bobby Jr., leader of the third generation of America’s royal family, under a journalistic microscope, exploring his compulsions and addictions - from his use of drugs to his philandering that he himself blamed on what he termed his “lust demons,” and tells the shocking behind-the-scenes story of the curious events leading to the tragic May 2012 suicide of his second of his three wives, mother of four of his six children. If his late cousin JFK Jr. was once dubbed “Prince Charming,” RFK Jr. might have earned the sobriquet, “The Big Bad Wolf.” Based on scores of exclusive, candid on-the-record interviews, public and private records, and correspondence, Jerry Oppenheimer paints a balanced, objective, but often shocking portrait of this virtually unaccounted for scion of the Kennedy dynasty. Like his slain father, the iconic senator and presidential hopeful, RFK Jr. was destined for political greatness. Why it never happened is revealed in this first-ever biography of him. This is another wonderful book written by Jerry Oppenheimer. To give a basic overview, this book focuses on Robert F. Kennedy's namesake and third-born child. RFK Jr. had obvious problems that appear to have started from his father's assassination in 1968. The book really begins from this time and discusses RFK Jr's drug abuse. This drug abuse led him to be expelled from two private schools. This drug abuse continued into adulthood during which RFK Jr. is arrested, and placed on probation with a requirement of completing numerous hours of community service. It appears this period of required community service really turned his life around and helped him refocus his life on environmentalism (something he had enjoyed since childhood). The book culminates in RFK Jr's third marriage to actress Cheryl Hines, and discusses other family members as well such as Michael Kennedy, his Skakel Cousins, and much much more. Journalist Jerry Oppenheimer’s new biography RFK Jr.: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and the Dark Side of the Dream [St. Martin’s Press] shreds the image of Camelot and gives the reader an unflinching look at the unsavory side of life in the Kennedy family that runs counter to their crafted public image. RFK Jr. presents its subject’s unorthodox, unstructured and sometimes cruel upbringing. Oppenheimer describes life at the Kennedy’s fabled home, Hickory Hill, was often chaotic and overrun by unruly children. Oppenheimer explored Ethel Kennedy’s political ambition and relationship with her children in 1994’s The Other Mrs. Kennedy. When he was young, RFK Jr. formed a gang with the menacing name, the Hyannisport Terrors. His idea of fun was for a friend to pretend to be hit by a passing motorist. Young Bobby would yell at the already shocked driver “You killed a Kennedy!” Drawing on interviews with dozens of classmates, Robert Kennedy, Jr. was a frequent user of marijuana. A lonely young man, he often turned to animals for company. At boarding school he turned to falconry as a hobby. Classmates recall that Ethel Kennedy only ever came to his boarding school to enroll him. All matters concerning young Robert’s schooling were referred to family friend Le Moyne “Lem” Billings, a closeted gay man who had been a prep school classmate of John F. Kennedy. Robert Kennedy, Jr. despite being expelled from two elite boarding schools, was admitted to Harvard, supposedly by merely writing his name on the application. After graduation, he had his first taste of fame. Lem Billings, who idolized John F. Kennedy, impressed upon young Bobby that his uncle first achieved national prominence with the publication of his Harvard thesis by a major New York publisher. Billings encouraged Bobby to go the same route. RFK Jr. wrote his thesis on Judge Frank Johnson, a liberal federal judge who made his mark on civil rights cases. The Kennedy name made it very enticing for a New York publisher to acquire the rights to his thesis and get it on the market. The reviews from The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Boston Globe were dismal. He was given many opportunities to appear on television. He complained to People magazine that his name kept him from getting its message out. RFK Jr. thought that having a published book would help him in getting a Rhodes scholarship. He applied, but was rejected. Oppenheimer, like nearly every recent Kennedy biographer, cannot resist repeating the rumor that Bobby and Jack Kennedy each had an affair with Marilyn Monroe. He eagerly puts that on page five. The book also could have achieved more balance by giving closer examination to his experience as an environmental lawyer. Overall, RFK, Jr. and the Dark Side of the Dream will titillate the reader and give a sense of heartbreak. As readers explore his life, and his relationships, they will wonder what comes next. After all of his family’s tragedies, that occurred before and after he was born, readers will wonder where the support was during his life and who is responsible for his demons. It is highly recommended to anyone interested in learning more about RFK Jr. To those who are familiar with RFK Jr, many of these stories will seem familiar, but there will be some lesser known stories included as well. Read the book to find out more fascinating information about RFK Jr! About the Author JERRY OPPENHEIMER is the New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Rich: Power, Scandal, and Tragedy Inside the Johnson & Johnson Dynasty, as well as unauthorized biographies of Hillary and Bill Clinton, Anna Wintour, Rock Hudson, Martha Stewart, Barbara Walters, Ethel Kennedy, Jerry Seinfeld, and the Hilton family. He has also worked in several different capacities as a journalist, including as an investigative reporter and a producer of television news programs and documentaries.
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