Vanity Fair June 2009

june_1990_spread_400Senator Edward Kennedy’s diagnosis of brain cancer, in May 2008, touched off  an extraordinary medical battle-and a veiled rivalry over who might succeed him as symbolic head of America’s fabled dynasty. Would it be R.F.K.’s oldest son, Joe? J.F.K.’s daughter Caroline?  Or the senator’s second wife, Victoria? In an Excerpt from his new book, Edward Klein reveals the family’s shifting dynamics, the confrontation that led Caroline to drop her political bid, and the triumphant, grueling winter of the last Kennedy brother.

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