Judith D Collins
The Kennedy Wives
By: Amber Hunt and David Batcher
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Publication Date: 12/02/2014
My Rating: 5 Stars
Triumph and Tragedy in America's Most Public Family
The Kennedy wives saw history up close—made history in some cases. They knew wealth and privilege but we are bonded to them by loss which are our losses too. The Kennedy women—fierce, intelligent, and very private—belong to us. Not because of their glamour, but because of their grief and misfortunes.
THE KENNEDY WIVES takes an unflinching look at the women who married into the Kennedy family and their distinct roles. Rose, the matriarch; Ethel, the athlete; Jackie, the icon; Joan, the fragile beauty; and Vicki, the redeemer. In reality, each woman was complex and multifaceted. As Kennedy wives, they were bonded through characteristics and experiences unique to the Camelot family. The Kennedy Wives is an exploration of these women that will offer what no other book or film created thus far has: a thoughtful analysis of what drew the Kennedy men to these iconic women, and what the women endured in exchange for their acceptance into the Camelot clan.
Amber Hunt is a journalist who handles investigations for The Cincinnati Enquirer. She formerly worked as a crime reporter for the Detroit Free Press and was a 2011 Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, where she studied the importance of empathy in urban crime reporting. She has received numerous awards for her reporting from the Michigan Associated Press and won the 2005 Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting. She has appeared in several television shows highlighting true crimes, including Dateline NBC and A&E’s Crime Stories. She is the author of Dead But Not Forgotten, All-American Murder, and the upcoming See How Much You Love Me.
David Batcher is a writer based in Minneapolis. He studied theology and literature at St. Olaf College.
A special thank you to Rowman & Littlefield and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.