A new book paints a picture of an intense, angry Caroline Kennedy bent on extending her family's legacy in the U.S. Senate only to end her quest when her kids no longer recognized their cool, composed mother.
The book is by Edward Klein, a best-seller who's been accused of using of hearsay in other biographies. (His last book was Katie: The Real Story, about Katie Couric.)
Ted Kennedy: The Dream That Never Dies (Crown, 272 pages, $26) is being excerpted in Vanity Fair. It states Caroline Kennedy told New York Gov. David Paterson she was withdrawing from consideration for the Senate seat because her kids and husband felt she was becoming a different person.
The book also says she was angry when Paterson didn't immediately name her to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Senate.
Kennedy spokesmen declined to comment Tuesday.