The Good Son: JFK Jr. and the Mother He Loved

The Good Son: JFK Jr. and the Mother He Loved

by Christopher Andersen


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The #1 New York Times bestselling author delivers another dramatic look into 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.

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 plane crash the took his life; and the aftermath of shock, loss, grief, and confusion.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476775579
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 06/09/2015
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 288,064
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Christopher Andersen is the critically acclaimed author of eighteen New York Times bestsellers which have been translated into more than twenty-five languages worldwide. Two of his books—The Day Diana Died and The Day John Died (about JFK Jr.)—reached #1. A former contributing editor of Time magazine and longtime senior editor of People magazine, Andersen has also written hundreds of articles for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, Life, and Vanity Fair. Andersen has appeared frequently on such programs as Today, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, CBS This Morning, 20/20, Anderson Cooper 360, Dateline NBC, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, 48 Hours, and more.

Table of Contents

Preface: "A Certain Gallantry" xiii

Part 1 His Mother's Son

1 "Please Don't Do It" 3

2 The Son He Had Longed For 15

3 "John, You Can Salute Daddy Now" 41

4 "A Kennedy Never Gives Up" 67

5 "I Want to Help Him Go Back and Find His Father" 91

6 A Shoe Box Full of Diamonds 125

7 The Crown Prince 181

Part 2 John on his Own

8 Just One of the Guys 197

9 "My Mother Will Be Frantic" 213

10 "I'm Not My Father" 243

11 "The Luckiest Man Alive" 291

Acknowledgments 327

Sources and Chapter Notes 331

Bibliography 339

Index 345

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