Kennedy biographer J. Randy Taraborelli’s next book about America’s Royal Family will focus on Joe Kennedy III.
Taraborelli, whose “Jackie, Janet & Lee: The Secret Lives of Janet Auchincloss and Her Daughters, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill,” hit bookshelves on Tuesday, has already turned his pen on the 37-year-old Representative from Massachusetts.
Taraborelli’s other Kennedy books include 2000’s “Jackie, Ethel and Joan: Women of Camelot” and 2012’s “After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family,” both of which were adapted into a mini-series starring Katie Holmes as Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy.
“I’m finishing it up now and that is the Kennedys, the next generation,” the author told us from his home in Los Angeles. He expects his next book to be out in time for the 2020 election.
“Joe Kennedy III is really the family’s great hope and future if they do intend to remain in politics,” Taraborelli said of Bobby and Ethel Kennedy’s grandson. “He is the one most people in the family feel has the greatest potential.”
Though Joe was lightly mocked for wearing too much chapstick during Tuesday’s State of the Union rebuttal, the words that came out of his mouth resonated with a lot of liberals.
“This administration isn’t just targeting the laws that protect us— they are targeting the very idea that we are all worthy of protection,” Kennedy said.
New York magazine even pointed out in its next day headline “Joe Kennedy Pulls off a Rare Feat: A SoTU Response That’s Actually Good.”
“What we saw the other night is that he definitely has that Kennedy sparkle, whether or not people care will depend on what he does and what position he takes on some of the important issues right now,” Taraborelli said. “In the bigger picture, yeah, people care.”
2018 State of the Union address
According to Taraborelli, he left something out of “Jackie, Janet & Lee” that people really may have cared about too in hindsight: John Kennedy’s mother-in-law was a bit of a conspiracy theorist.
“Janet (Auchincloss) believed that Lyndon Johnson was behind her son-in-law’s assassination and she went to her grave believing that was the case,” according to Taraborelli.