Laurence Leamer is a best-selling author and journalist. Leamer is a former Ford Fellow in International Development at the University of Oregon and a former International Fellow at Columbia University. He is regarded as an expert on the Kennedy family and has appeared in numerous media outlets discussing American politics. Leamer has also written best-selling biographies of other American icons, including Johnny Carson, the Reagan family, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The Price of Justice: A True Story of Corruption and Greed in Coal Country (2013) is his most recent work
Leamer was on the staff at Newsweek, and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Playboy, and many other publications. He lives in Palm Beach and Washington, D.C.
This biography was last updated on 12/05/2010.
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An Interview with Laurence Leamer, author of The Kennedy Men and The Kennedy Women
This is your second book chronicling the Kennedy family, the
first being the bestselling The Kennedy Women. What do you think it is
that draws you, and for that matter, the entire country, to the story of the
I don't think what draws me to this subject is much different than what draws most people. It's one of the most dramatic, emotionally powerful stories in American life. It's a story of a great family at a time when we struggle over the meaning of family. It's not mere happenstance that The Godfather saga arrived at the same time as an immense, renewed fascination with the story of the Kennedys. Beyond that, I like to write books that I would read, and I would read The Kennedy Men. I want to learn something from a book, and I want to write a book that people will feel has taught them valuable things.
In all of your extensive research on the Kennedy family, were there any particular facts that you discovered that came as a complete surprise?
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