Sweet Caroline – Last Child of Camelot by Christopher Andersen was a really great read. I have always wondered about Caroline and how she dealt with the many tragic blows to her famous Kennedy family. It is amazing to think about what she has been through and that she is still around today, since the Camelot era is long over and there is only one sibling of JFK still alive today, Jean Kennedy Smith. What America witnessed as history, Caroline had to go through on a personal level, but very much in the public eye.
Caroline has been given the task to bear the Kennedy name on her shoulders after losing each member of her immediate family. She had to live through the assassination of her beloved father President John F. Kennedy just 46 years old at the young age of 6, her mother’s losing battle with non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when she was 64 years old, and the tragic plane crash of her younger and only brother JFK Jr when he was just 38 years old. And that is only naming the tragedies of her immediate family. The Kennedys’ triumps and tribulations have been well documented in the press over the years.
This book talks about Caroline’s childhood all the way through adulthood. It talked about her years in the White House, how her father lovingly called her Buttons, the aftermath of living without JFK, becoming close to Robert then losing him to assassination as well, her school years, meeting and marrying Ed Schlossberg, her special relationship with her mother and brother, her becoming a mother, and everything else in between.
It was a very well written book and answered a lot of questions I had about her. She is an incredibly strong person and has dealt with unspeakable tragedies with dignity and courage time and time again. I highly recommend this book to Kennedy followers and anyone else who is interested.