I had been toying with the idea of getting this book for a while and I miraculously found it at the thrift store the other day ! So I know that not many of you are fans of Peter Lawford and I can totally understand why. He was mostly known for being a philanderer, a lousy father, someone who struggled with addiction for decades, some even said he was some sort of pimp who supplied girls for JFK, etc. But let me tell you, the man had one crazy life. His mother never wanted him in the first place. She even publicly said that he was an awful accident (some mother…). Lady Lawford even spread the rumor around that her son was gay so that he could not get acting jobs. You’re bound to end up a little bit screwed up in the head when you have a mother like this. Peter was never really a great actor or comedian (I’m still trying to figure out what was his purpose in the Rat Pack?) but he knew about just everyone in Hollywood and that’s one of the main reasons why this book is captivating. This book talks a lot about the Kennedys (obviously), but it also features stories about Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor, Lana Turner, Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe. My only problem with the book is some of Spada’s sources - for example, he frequently quotes Jeanne Carmen, a very forgettable 1950s starlet who claims to have been Marilyn’s best friend. Everyone knows she’s anything but reliable… And Spada seems to believe that both Bobby and JFK had an affair with Marilyn. The verdict’s still out on this one. So it’s not 100% believable but it’s juicy enough plus you get to learn a lot more about Peter Lawford and it really makes you understand why he behaved the way he did - makes him more human.