In Love with Night: The American Romance with Robert Kennedy
, by Ronald Steel, New York: Simon and Schuster, 224 pages, $23
IN 447 PAGES OF EXTRAORDINARY detail, English biographer Sarah ,Bradford has dished the dirt on Jackie O, trashed the glare of Cam, and told us more about the Bouviers and the Kennedys
than most of us will probably ever want to know.
Without placing any kind of responsibility upon the Kennedys
for an imperialist foreign policy that struggled to control Central America long before and long after but definitely while JFK held office, 13 Days relies on an obvious villain: the military, a battery of mountain-faced Cold Warriors who unanimously call for a preemptive attack.
And yet for all the vicissitudes the Kennedys
are still, in the eyes of the American public, their Royal Family.
have several Democratic candidates who could potentially announce bids for the ticket to take on the sitting-president, including Rep.
HISTORY Ted Kennedy
AMERICAN DREAM The Kennedys
visit their ancestral home in New Ross, Co Wexford ON THE HIGH TEAS Ted Kennedy
's widow Victoria, left, and Jean, centre, in New Ross, Co Wexford POINTERS Victoria Kennedy
and Jean Kennedy-Smith with Patrick Grennan in Co Wexford yesterday
FROM assassinations to accidents, a litany of tragedies has cut short the lives of many Kennedys
, leading to claims America's most famous family is 'cursed'.
The second generation of four generations of Kennedys
that have served King Kullen over its 88-year history, Kennedy
spent his entire career at King Kullen.
Presidential Library in Boston, observed that, "to those of us of a certain age, the Kennedys
" - he was including Robert and Ted - "symbolised a set of values and attitudes about civic life that made it such an attractive calling.
The television miniseries The Kennedys
(Joel Surnow, 2011), for example, emphasised Joseph Kennedy
Sr.'s involvement with the mafia, along with and JFK's sexual escapades and addictions to prescription drugs.
THE next generation of Kennedys
was out in force in New Ross yesterday.