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The Kennedy tribe is established by Irish emigrants, John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s grandfathers are a popular innkeeper and a politically ambitious seducer. The son of Joe and Rose, he lives a difficult childhood behind the shadows of a tantalizing father who prefers to dedicate his time to his business and his mistresses including Gloria Swanson while Rose, his ridiculed wife takes refuge in religion and her social obligations. When his elder brother, Joseph, dies, John sees all the political ambitions of his father apply to him when he would have preferred leading his carefree existence with his multiple girlfriends. Nonetheless, he puts the political machinery on and marries the elegant Jackie Bouvier who sees the Kennedy family as ‘gorillas escaped from their cage.’ Giving the public the image of a perfect glamorous family, John Fitzgerald and Jackie Kennedy become the country’s First Couple in 1961 before the president’s assassination in 1963 plunges the tribe into tragedy and, from then, tragedy will never really escape from it. Their children, Caroline and John-John have to face the grief, the fear - their uncle, Bobby, is also assassinated in 1968 - and the scandal that occurs when their mother marries Aristotle Onassis. When they become adults, ‘Sweet Caroline’ leads a discreet life when John-John is a public playboy who settles with Carolyn Bessette before dying in 1999, in a plane crash: the Kennedy malediction…again. So when Caroline Kennedy is appointed ambassador of the United States in Japan, in 2013, she strongly holds the family torch and its destiny, the inheritor of a legendary tribe fed by the sacred fire of politics.

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Wedding of Senator John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier by Toni Frissell, September 12, 1953
Wedding of Senator John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier by Toni Frissell, September 12, 1953
Jacqueline Kennedy on her wedding day by Toni Frissell, September 12, 1953
Jacqueline Kennedy on her wedding day by Toni Frissell, September 12, 1953
A family portrait at Grandma Kennedy’s house in Palm Beach. Photo from A Good Man by Mark K. Shriver published in June 2012 by Henry Holt and Company, LLC; © 2012 by the author
A family portrait at Grandma Kennedy’s house in Palm Beach. Photo from A Good Man by Mark K. Shriver published in June 2012 by Henry Holt and Company, LLC; © 2012 by the author
Alan with Louise Shepard, Jackie and John Jr. Kennedy, 1961
Alan with Louise Shepard, Jackie and John Jr. Kennedy, 1961
André Malraux, Jackie and John F. Kennedy, state dinner at the White House, May 11, 1962
André Malraux, Jackie and John F. Kennedy, state dinner at the White House, May 11, 1962
Robert Kennedy gives a speech at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles before his assassination, June 1968. Photo by Bill Eppridge
Robert Kennedy gives a speech at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles before his assassination, June 1968. Photo by Bill Eppridge
New York State Senator Robert Kennedy and his wife Ethel campaigning in a small Midwest town, Indiana, 1968. Photo by Burt Glinn
New York State Senator Robert Kennedy and his wife Ethel campaigning in a small Midwest town, Indiana, 1968. Photo by Burt Glinn
Robert Kennedy with nine of his children at their Hickory Hill home. It is the last weekend with his family before going on the campaign trail, McLean, Virginia, 1968. Photo by Burt Glinn
Robert Kennedy with nine of his children at their Hickory Hill home. It is the last weekend with his family before going on the campaign trail, McLean, Virginia, 1968. Photo by Burt Glinn
Caroline and Jackie Kennedy by Mark Shaw, 1959
Caroline and Jackie Kennedy by Mark Shaw, 1959
Caroline and John F. Kennedy, 1960s
Caroline and John F. Kennedy, 1960s
Caroline and John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1960
Caroline and John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1960
Caroline Kennedy and Jackie Onassis Kennedy walking on Hyannis Beach after swimming, 1980
Caroline Kennedy and Jackie Onassis Kennedy walking on Hyannis Beach after swimming, 1980
Caroline Kennedy holds a picture postcard of her father, taken at Hyannis Port, 1961
Caroline Kennedy holds a picture postcard of her father, taken at Hyannis Port, 1961
Caroline Kennedy whispers to her father during August 26, 1963 visit to Hyannis Port, Massachusetts
Caroline Kennedy whispers to her father during August 26, 1963 visit to Hyannis Port, Massachusetts
Caroline Kennedy, Willie Woo and Sterling St. Jacques dancing at Studio 54, 1977
Caroline Kennedy, Willie Woo and Sterling St. Jacques dancing at Studio 54, 1977
Caroline kissing John Jr. Kennedy by Richard Avedon for Look, 1961
Caroline kissing John Jr. Kennedy by Richard Avedon for Look, 1961
Caroline with Jackie Kennedy by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1960
Caroline with Jackie Kennedy by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1960
Caroline with Jackie Kennedy by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1960
Caroline with Jackie Kennedy by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1960
Caroline with Jackie Kennedy by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1960
Caroline with Jackie Kennedy by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1960
Caroline, Jackie and John, Jr. Kennedy leaves the Whitehouse, December 6, 1963. Photo by Cecil Stoughton
Caroline, Jackie and John, Jr. Kennedy leaves the Whitehouse, December 6, 1963. Photo by Cecil Stoughton
Caroline, Jackie Kennedy and John Fitzgerald Kennedy by Mark Shaw , 1959
Caroline, Jackie Kennedy and John Fitzgerald Kennedy by Mark Shaw , 1959
Contact sheet of Caroline, Jackie and John F. Kennedy by Ed Clark, 1958
Contact sheet of Caroline, Jackie and John F. Kennedy by Ed Clark, 1958
"Dad was captain of the baseball team at Canterbury. He’s the only guy smiling in the picture!". Photo from A Good Man by Mark K. Shriver published in June 2012 by Henry Holt and Company, LLC; © 2012 by the author.
Jacqueline Kennedy at John F. Kennedy funeral, Arlington, November 25th, 1963. Photo by Elliott Erwitt
Jacqueline Kennedy at John F. Kennedy funeral, Arlington, November 25th, 1963. Photo by Elliott Erwitt
Ethel Kennedy & children after a day of sailing in Hyannis Port at Kennedy Compound Pier, 1971
Ethel Kennedy & children after a day of sailing in Hyannis Port at Kennedy Compound Pier, 1971
Ethel Kennedy at table eating with Kennedy children during the celebration of the christening of Christopher George Kennedy, 1963
Ethel Kennedy at table eating with Kennedy children during the celebration of the christening of Christopher George Kennedy, 1963
Eunice Kennedy and Sargent Shriver on their wedding day, May 23, 1953. They were married at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City by Cardinal Spellman
Eunice Kennedy and Sargent Shriver on their wedding day, May 23, 1953. They were married at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City by Cardinal Spellman
Jackie and Caroline Kennedy by Mark Shaw, Hyannis Port, 1959
Jackie and Caroline Kennedy by Mark Shaw, Hyannis Port, 1959
Jackie and Caroline Kennedy by Mark Shaw, Hyannis Port, 1959
Jackie and Caroline Kennedy by Mark Shaw, Hyannis Port, 1959
Jackie and John Kennedy, 1953
Jackie and John Kennedy, 1953
Jackie and John Kennedy, 1953
Jackie and John Kennedy, 1953
Jackie and John, Jr. Kennedy by Richard Avedon for Look, 1961
Jackie and John, Jr. Kennedy by Richard Avedon for Look, 1961
Jackie Kennedy and John Fitzgerald Kennedy at the America's Cup race by Robert Knudsen, 1962
Jackie Kennedy and John Fitzgerald Kennedy at the America's Cup race by Robert Knudsen, 1962
Jackie Kennedy and John Fitzgerald Kennedy by Mark Shaw, 1959
Jackie Kennedy and John Fitzgerald Kennedy by Mark Shaw, 1959
Jackie Kennedy and John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1960
Jackie Kennedy and John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1960
Jackie Kennedy by Benno Graziani, India, 1962
Jackie Kennedy by Benno Graziani, India, 1962
Jackie Kennedy by Orlando Suero, 1954
Jackie Kennedy by Orlando Suero, 1954
Jackie Kennedy by Toni Frissell, 1953
Jackie Kennedy by Toni Frissell, 1953
Jackie Kennedy in front of Kennedy's Georgetown home, 1957
Jackie Kennedy in front of Kennedy's Georgetown home, 1957
Jackie Kennedy in India by Arthur Rickerby, 1962
Jackie Kennedy in India by Arthur Rickerby, 1962
Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill at the White House, 1960s
Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill at the White House, 1960s
Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill, 1962
Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill, 1962
Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Lee Radziwill and their mother, 1933
Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Lee Radziwill and their mother, 1933
Jackie Kennedy tucking her young daughter Caroline by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1960
Jackie Kennedy tucking her young daughter Caroline by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1960
Jackie Kennedy, 1940s
Jackie Kennedy, 1940s
Jackie Kennedy, Caroline and John Fitzgerald Kennedy by Jacques Lowe, 1960
Jackie Kennedy, Caroline and John Fitzgerald Kennedy by Jacques Lowe, 1960
Jackie Kennedy, John F. Jr, John and Caroline Kennedy, 1961
Jackie Kennedy, John F. Jr, John and Caroline Kennedy, 1961
Jacqueline and Caroline Kennedy by Jacques Lowe, 1960
Jacqueline and Caroline Kennedy by Jacques Lowe, 1960
Jacqueline and Caroline Kennedy by Jacques Lowe, 1960
Jacqueline and Caroline Kennedy by Jacques Lowe, 1960
Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy by Jacques Lowe, 1959
Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy by Jacques Lowe, 1959
Jacqueline Bouvier-Kennedy by Richard Rutledge for Vogue, 1951
Jacqueline Bouvier-Kennedy by Richard Rutledge for Vogue, 1951
Jacqueline Kennedy hugs Caroline on the beach, 1960
Jacqueline Kennedy hugs Caroline on the beach, 1960
Jacqueline Kennedy with Caroline and John by Girolamo di Majo, Ravello,1962
Jacqueline Kennedy with Caroline and John by Girolamo di Majo, Ravello,1962
Jacqueline Kennedy with children John and Caroline in Sun Valley, Idaho, 1966
Jacqueline Kennedy with children John and Caroline in Sun Valley, Idaho, 1966
Jacqueline Kennedy with son, John F. Kennedy, Jr. by Cecil Stoughton, 1962
Jacqueline Kennedy with son, John F. Kennedy, Jr. by Cecil Stoughton, 1962
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis
Joan, Jean, Eunice, Jackie, and Ethel Kennedy by Jacques Lowe, 1960
Joan, Jean, Eunice, Jackie, and Ethel Kennedy by Jacques Lowe, 1960
John and Jacqueline Kennedy by Jacques Lowe, 1960
John and Jacqueline Kennedy by Jacques Lowe, 1960
John F Kennedy and Caroline aboard the “Honey Fitz”, Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, 1963
John F Kennedy and Caroline aboard the “Honey Fitz”, Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, 1963
John F. Kennedy amuses John John in the swimming pool in Palm Beach at Easter, 1963
John F. Kennedy amuses John John in the swimming pool in Palm Beach at Easter, 1963
John F. Kennedy and Caroline by Richard Avedon, 1961
John F. Kennedy and Caroline by Richard Avedon, 1961
John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy, Broadway, Manhattan, New York City, 1960
John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy, Broadway, Manhattan, New York City, 1960
John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy, San Antonio, Texas, 1963
John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy, San Antonio, Texas, 1963
John F. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy, Jr., in Newport Rhode Island, 1963
John F. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy, Jr., in Newport Rhode Island, 1963
John F. Kennedy and Paul “Red” Fay in the South Pacific, World War II 1943
John F. Kennedy and Paul “Red” Fay in the South Pacific, World War II 1943
John F. Kennedy by Jacques Lowe, 1960s
John F. Kennedy by Jacques Lowe, 1960s
John F. Kennedy by Jacques Lowe, 1963
John F. Kennedy by Jacques Lowe, 1963
John F. Kennedy by Paul Schutzer, 1960
John F. Kennedy by Paul Schutzer, 1960
John F. Kennedy Carries Caroline across White House Lawn, 1961
John F. Kennedy Carries Caroline across White House Lawn, 1961
John F. Kennedy first lady Jacqueline Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy 1960
John F. Kennedy first lady Jacqueline Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy 1960
John F. Kennedy graduates from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 1940
John F. Kennedy graduates from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 1940
John F. Kennedy Jr. during Labor Day weekend, 1980
John F. Kennedy Jr. during Labor Day weekend, 1980
John F. Kennedy with “Dunker”, The Hague, August 1937
John F. Kennedy with “Dunker”, The Hague, August 1937
John F. Kennedy with daughter Caroline by Ed Clark, 1958
John F. Kennedy with daughter Caroline by Ed Clark, 1958
John F. Kennedy with dog, Bobby, at Hyannisport, Massachusetts, 1925
John F. Kennedy with dog, Bobby, at Hyannisport, Massachusetts, 1925
John F. Kennedy, Caroline and Jacqueline Kennedy by Mark Shaw , 1959
John F. Kennedy, Caroline and Jacqueline Kennedy by Mark Shaw , 1959
John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy and Edward Kennedy plau football on the lawn, 1953
John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy and Edward Kennedy plau football on the lawn, 1953
John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy by Frank Jurkoski, 1953
John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy by Frank Jurkoski, 1953
John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy by Frank Jurkoski, 1953
John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy by Frank Jurkoski, 1953
John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy by Lisa Larsen, 1953
John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy by Lisa Larsen, 1953
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