The Good Son: JFK Jr. and the Mother He Loved
The #1 New York Times bestselling author delivers another dramatic installment in the lives of the Kennedys—including new details about JFK Jr., his relationship with his mother, his many girlfriends, and the night of his tragic death.
Critically acclaimed author Christopher Andersen is a master of celebrity biographies—boasting sixteen bestsellers, among them These Few Precious Days, Mick, and William and Kate. Now, in his latest thrilling book, new and untold details of the life and death of JFK Jr. come to light, released in time for the fifteenth year marker of the tragic plane crash on July 16, 1999.
At the heart of The Good Son is the most important relationship in JFK Jr.’s life: that with his mother, the beautiful and mysterious Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Andersen explores his reactions to his mother’s post-Dallas suicidal depression and growing dependence on prescription drugs (as well as men); how Jackie felt about the women in her son’s life, from Madonna and Sarah Jessica Parker, to Daryl Hannah and Carolyn Bessette, to his turbulent marriage; the senseless plane crash the took his life; the aftermath of shock, loss, grief, and confusion; and much more. Offering new insights into the intense, tender, often stormy relationship between this iconic mother and son, The Good Son is a riveting, bittersweet biography for lovers of all things Kennedy.
able to handle the media as gracefully as John had. Even before her generous comments, John had been won over by the People’s Princess. “Diana had the most unusual upwards glance,” he told a friend, “really seductive . . . the most unusual blue eyes.” Five weeks after Carolyn spoke briefly with Diana in Milan, the princess was killed in a crash after a high-speed chase through the streets of Paris. Like many, Carolyn blamed the paparazzi. “I’m not sure what I’m going to do about Carolyn,” John
Library, 1965); Ted Widmer, Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy (New York: Hyperion, 2012); “More Tears: JFK JR., Wife and Her Sister Presumed Dead in Plane Crash,” New York Post, July 18, 1999; Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy (New York: Hyperion, 2011); Kitty Kelley, Capturing Camelot (New York: A Thomas Dunne Book/St. Martin’s Press, 2012); “Tragic Echoes,” Newsweek, July 26, 1999. CHAPTERS 3–5 For this chapter, the author
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would react. “I know,” she conceded, “that LBJ was hurt.” But not Bobby, who publicly acknowledged that he, too, refused to cast a vote for the Texan who had replaced his brother in the White House. It would be another two weeks before Jackie finally checked out of the Carlyle and took up residence in her new home. The apartment at 1040 Fifth was the axis on which John’s world would spin for the next thirty years, and would, for the most part, remain frozen in time. “It was Jackie’s haven, her
conversations that he had planned and conducted an “orgy” that took place in his hotel room after delivering his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in August 1963. “Oh, but, Jack,” she said at the time, “that’s so terrible. I mean, that man is, you know, such a phony, then.” Although JFK cautioned her not to be “too judgmental” about King’s sexual escapades—a stance that hardly seemed surprising, given Kennedy’s own track record in this area—Jackie’s doubts about King were confirmed by tapes Bobby