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WHY TRAGEDY HAS HAUNTED AMERICA’S FIRST FAMILY FOR 150 YEARS: THE KENNEDY CURSE

(Edward Klein, St. Martin’s Press, July 8, 2003)

The marriage made front-page news everywhere, and a new Kennedy myth was born. The man who could have had any woman in the world had chosen as his bride one who was not rich or famous or ennobled by family background or distinguished by any professional accomplishment. What Carolyn had were certain charismatic qualities- exceptional beauty, a unique sense of style, and a shrewd, sharp, hard intelligence. The media played the marriage as a Cinderella story, easting Carolyn as the commoner who had found true love with Prince Charming. But it turned out to be a doomed fairy tale, a nightmare of escalating domestic violence, sexual infidelity, and drugs – a union that seemed destined to end in one kind of disaster or another.