The Kennedys:

An American Drama

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A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Who are the Kennedys? Are they the brilliant, heroic, extraordinary people their admirers believe them to be? Or are they arrogant, competitive, self-absorbed children of a willful and immensely rich patriarch, as their detractors claim? In fact, they are all of these things and more.

Years in the making, based on hundreds of interviews with family members and associates and extensive research into archives and sources unused until now, this is the nationwide bestseller whose very publication caused an uproar in the press—the first and only book to fully penetrate the Kennedy inner sanctum and reveal the true, all-too-human saga behind America’s most famous family.

An immediate classic, The Kennedys combines intimate knowledge with a perspective free of obligations to family loyalties and myths, bringing the story of four generations of “America’s family” fully into view. Collier and Horowitz capture the strain of ambition, the dynastic ebb and flow, the invention of a mythic identity, the corrosive underside of the dream of Camelot—developed over four generations—that led one young Kennedy to say, “We broke the rules and in turn we were broken by them.” The Kennedys: An American Drama is a fascinating and brilliantly comprehensive history that brings together, for the first time, all the complex strains of the story of the Kennedys’ rise and fall.

Editorial Reviews

“It is a hypnotically fascinating narrative that Peter Collier and David Horowitz have put together…An irresistible epic.”

New York Times

“This epic eloquently and devastatingly chronicles the star-crossed dynasty.”


“It’s a saga for sure, but between these covers, the mythology of the name is blown away.”


Author Biography

Peter Collier has worked as an author and editor for over forty years. During that time, he has written novels, short stories and screenplays, along with bestselling biographies. His works include The Kennedys: An American Dream and The Anti-Chomsky Reader, both with David Horowitz.

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Christopher Hurt is an accomplished narrator with a lengthy résumé of popular titles for Blackstone. A graduate of George Washington University’s acting program, he currently resides in New York City.

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