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For generations, the Kennedy family served as the benchmark for what the ideal family should resemble. With wealth, influence, and a massive public relations campaign that functioned solely to sustain the perfect image that was crafted by the family patriarch, criminal turned politician, Joe Kennedy. All of that hard work could have been in vain after the secrets of a new tell-all book are revealed. Entitled Bobby and Jackie: A Love Story, author C. David Heymann deconstructs and destroys years of manufactured positive press, revealing a deeply buried secret about America’s First Family, the brother of the President of the United States and the wife of the President engaged in a four year affair.

The fiasco was known by the Kennedy family and as well as close friends of the two; all chose to keep the relationship hidden under the veil of secrecy due to its implications and overall outlook. The relationship took place after the assassination of Bobby’s older brother John, and though the two were related through marriage, it was said that the love that they shared was strong enough for Bobby to forsake his marriage to his wife Ethell.

Bobby and Jackie offers an intimate look into the life and relationship of Bobby and Jackie Kennedy. Steamy firsthand accounts recount, often in simple and graphic nature, their exploits as two people united under the banner of grief and distress. One such instance was an incident that took place at the Kennedy’s Palm Beach estate where Mary Harrington saw the two kiss and watched as Bobby “placed one hand on her breast and the other inside of her bikini bottom.”

Harrington also had a relationship with the younger Kennedy. Sources in the book also reveal that Kennedy’s wife Ethel knew of the affair but chose to ignore it due to her confidence in Bobby never leaving his family or her. Still, whenever Jackie would be around the married couple, Ethel would “jump up and leave the room.”

The book, which hits shelves this month, also includes recollections of the steamy affair from a host of other Kennedy family intimates, including Pierre Salinger, Arthur Schlesinger, Jack Newfield, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote and Morton Downey Jr.

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