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#1 New York Times bestselling author and investigator Ian Halperin pulls back the curtain on America’s notorious Kardashian family—exposing their shaky foundation for fame—one shocking revelation at a time. The Kardashians and Jenners have taken the world by storm, collectively rising to superfame after making their reality show debut on E! with Keeping Up with the Kardashi #1 New York Times bestselling author and investigator Ian Halperin pulls back the curtain on America’s notorious Kardashian family—exposing their shaky foundation for fame—one shocking revelation at a time. The Kardashians and Jenners have taken the world by storm, collectively rising to superfame after making their reality show debut on E! with Keeping Up with the Kardashians in 2007. Since then, their family life has remained a constant circus of tabloid headlines, red carpet appearances, branding deals, reality shows and their spinoffs, and a slew of media coverage. As revered and polarizing as royalty, the Kardashians have stolen the celebrity spotlight—and they show no signs of giving it up. And yet, amidst their mega success, the Kardashians have faced a firestorm of negative publicity over the years: particularly over Kris Jenner’s role in the family. As matriarch and momager of the Kardashian clan, Kris has been accused of exploiting her children for fame and money and playing the media like a deck of cards. Based on extensive research, Ian Halperin delivers the salacious details behind the Kardashians’ rise to fame. With revelations exposing the family’s foundation as shaky at best and scandalous at worst, Halperin scrutinizes their self-made multi-million dollar brand. Focusing on three key players—Kris Jenner, Rob Kardashian, and (formerly Bruce) Caitlyn Jenner—Halperin provides an unparalleled glimpse into the events and scandals that have propelled the Kardashians to worldwide celebrity, for better or worse.


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#1 New York Times bestselling author and investigator Ian Halperin pulls back the curtain on America’s notorious Kardashian family—exposing their shaky foundation for fame—one shocking revelation at a time. The Kardashians and Jenners have taken the world by storm, collectively rising to superfame after making their reality show debut on E! with Keeping Up with the Kardashi #1 New York Times bestselling author and investigator Ian Halperin pulls back the curtain on America’s notorious Kardashian family—exposing their shaky foundation for fame—one shocking revelation at a time. The Kardashians and Jenners have taken the world by storm, collectively rising to superfame after making their reality show debut on E! with Keeping Up with the Kardashians in 2007. Since then, their family life has remained a constant circus of tabloid headlines, red carpet appearances, branding deals, reality shows and their spinoffs, and a slew of media coverage. As revered and polarizing as royalty, the Kardashians have stolen the celebrity spotlight—and they show no signs of giving it up. And yet, amidst their mega success, the Kardashians have faced a firestorm of negative publicity over the years: particularly over Kris Jenner’s role in the family. As matriarch and momager of the Kardashian clan, Kris has been accused of exploiting her children for fame and money and playing the media like a deck of cards. Based on extensive research, Ian Halperin delivers the salacious details behind the Kardashians’ rise to fame. With revelations exposing the family’s foundation as shaky at best and scandalous at worst, Halperin scrutinizes their self-made multi-million dollar brand. Focusing on three key players—Kris Jenner, Rob Kardashian, and (formerly Bruce) Caitlyn Jenner—Halperin provides an unparalleled glimpse into the events and scandals that have propelled the Kardashians to worldwide celebrity, for better or worse.

30 review for Kardashian Dynasty: The Controversial Rise of America's Royal Family

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    While couch-bound with a recent injury, I began watching reruns of Keeping Up with the Kardashians . Don't ask me why. I blame pain-induced delirium. Nevertheless, the show peaked my curiosity. How does a family with no discernible talent rocket to super stardom? So as a librarian is wont to do, I turned to the written word for answer. Now I have no qualms with salacious celeb bios. Embarrassment yes, but no qualms. You see, there's a dark corner of my brain that's easily titillated by luri While couch-bound with a recent injury, I began watching reruns of Keeping Up with the Kardashians . Don't ask me why. I blame pain-induced delirium. Nevertheless, the show peaked my curiosity. How does a family with no discernible talent rocket to super stardom? So as a librarian is wont to do, I turned to the written word for answer. Now I have no qualms with salacious celeb bios. Embarrassment yes, but no qualms. You see, there's a dark corner of my brain that's easily titillated by lurid, TMZ-laden juiciness. So I had no issue reading Ian Halperin's (allegedly) gossipy account of the Kardashian dynasty. Unfortunately.....Mr. Halperin's account lacked the oomph that gossip-fic necessitates. With the exception of (basic) background, Kardashian Dynasty is basically an episodic summary of the show. And if you've watched the series, the book becomes rather pointless. I was looking for the behind-the-scenes goods. How did Kris Jenner, with a regular ole middle-class background, become arguably one of the most powerful women in Hollywood? Unfortunately, Halperin has no answers or insights. He simply regurgitates the TMZ headlines even non-Kardashian fans know. So disappointed. It's TBD if I have the stamina to plow forth and find what I'm looking for in another Kardashian bio. All I know is this book didn't deliver. Skip it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Honestly I don't know why I even read this. I can careless about the Kardashians as it is,much less reading a book about them. Maybe I thought the contents were going impress me? Not! The entire family is overexposed,they make a living being in the spotlight. Too bad they failed to entertain me,they are constantly in the media for drama or coverage only the bore care about. Remind me why I decided to read this? Just boring and confirmed my reasons why I don't care for them in the first place. NEXT Honestly I don't know why I even read this. I can careless about the Kardashians as it is,much less reading a book about them. Maybe I thought the contents were going impress me? Not! The entire family is overexposed,they make a living being in the spotlight. Too bad they failed to entertain me,they are constantly in the media for drama or coverage only the bore care about. Remind me why I decided to read this? Just boring and confirmed my reasons why I don't care for them in the first place. NEXT!

  3. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Marlene♥

    Sick of these people always in the news for doing nothing. I want to know why but I do not think this book will answer this. Okay. I wonder why did I read this. I discovered that that woman the mum is the one who is the pusher although to give her credit she apparently was the one who knew how to use publicity to make her ex husband (now her ex wife) come back in the publicity and make money. These people have done nothing, are no heroes, are not respectable, are not nice or friendly but are trash Sick of these people always in the news for doing nothing. I want to know why but I do not think this book will answer this. Okay. I wonder why did I read this. I discovered that that woman the mum is the one who is the pusher although to give her credit she apparently was the one who knew how to use publicity to make her ex husband (now her ex wife) come back in the publicity and make money. These people have done nothing, are no heroes, are not respectable, are not nice or friendly but are trashy and have no taste but they are not dumb. The public is dumb for making these people celebrities. (And no I did not pay for this book) I see so many people complain on the daily mail website about the numerous kardashian news items (not news at all) but they do not get that they are also part of this. Do not click on those "news"articles. As long as people keep reading the no news articles they will keep on supporting this family. Anyway I thought it interesting at first but after a while i got bored.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rob Powell

    this book was terrible and im ashamed i read it. i am not a consumer of kardashian products but i am interested in the empire they've built. i hoped this book would offer insight into their rise. it did not. it was terrible. i should have just watched an assortment of episodes of their tv shows, read a couple of their tweets, and googled them once because that is about the extent of journalism this joker did. oh, well, he did pretend to be trans and go to a trans support group to see how they fe this book was terrible and im ashamed i read it. i am not a consumer of kardashian products but i am interested in the empire they've built. i hoped this book would offer insight into their rise. it did not. it was terrible. i should have just watched an assortment of episodes of their tv shows, read a couple of their tweets, and googled them once because that is about the extent of journalism this joker did. oh, well, he did pretend to be trans and go to a trans support group to see how they felt about caitlin jenner. that is stupid. he also tried to sell a fake sex tape with some rando model and then he was like "so kim must have sold her sex tape" and that's ridiculous. oh, he also got the input from a rando psychologist in his building about what is going on with rob kardashian. that was stupid too. he mentioned that he lives in a building in miami like 1,000 times and i was like "who cares. it is a big city. a lot of people live in buildings there, you idiot". oh, he also sent a letter to oj in jail and oj never responded so oj miiiiiiight be khloe's dad. this book is terrible. this author is gross and grossly pleased with himself. the author is incredibly unlikable and fancies himself some sort of truth-teller but really he just told some rumors and copied down some tweets. this book is terrible. i am ashamed i read it. do no read this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Bestselling NYT celebrity biographer Ian Halperin with his experience associated with investigative reporting combined with his enthusiastic flair and customary writing style that hooks readers from the first page, presents: “The Kardashian Dynasty: The Controversial Rise of America's Royal Family”. Whether Halperin recalled facts or opinions from verifiable sources, highlighted manufactured controversy, the millions made from reality TV, modeling contracts or various endorsements the Kardashian Bestselling NYT celebrity biographer Ian Halperin with his experience associated with investigative reporting combined with his enthusiastic flair and customary writing style that hooks readers from the first page, presents: “The Kardashian Dynasty: The Controversial Rise of America's Royal Family”. Whether Halperin recalled facts or opinions from verifiable sources, highlighted manufactured controversy, the millions made from reality TV, modeling contracts or various endorsements the Kardashians represent a cultural and social phenomenon with millions of fans, viewers, and followers, including an unknown number of commercial sponsors. The history and rise of the Kardashian-Jenner enterprise is well documented in “Kris Jenner.. and All Things Kardashian” (2011). Halperin writes about the dedicated matriarch throughout this new book. Without the extreme ambition, skilled/trusted management, and dedicated hard work of self-identified * “momager”- the Kardashians would not have thrived in the level of success and stardom they enjoy today. In earlier years, Kris revived Bruce Jenner’s declining career, as he gained more endorsements from commercial sports vendors and public speaking engagements. The headline stories of this famous family are examined in detail: Are the private journals of Robert Kardashian actually genuine? Could all the controversy surrounding Kim’s sex tape be a copy-cat version of Paris Hilton’s or was Kim actually victimized by the ordeal? After only 72 days following Kim’s August 20th 2011 marriage to Kris Humphries, could the divorce and countersuit been pre-planned by the bride and groom? Was the show of care and concern over the recent emergency health crisis of Lamar Odom genuine as the Kardashians flocked to his hospital bedside? Halperin also added an extensive material about Paris Hilton, Kanye West, filming the shows, the OJ Simpson case. The positive male influence of Lamar Odom noted in Rob Kardashian’s life, raises questions about Bruce Jenner's role as the patriarch of this large blended family over the years. Despite Kris best efforts of skillful management and damage control, the Kardashian-Jenner family was never a modern day idealistic version of the Brady Bunch. The constant glare of the scrutinizing media spotlight can be challenging in the best of circumstances. In her book: “Strong Looks Better Naked” (2015) Khloe Kardashian recalled her family watching together Bruce’s transformation to Caitlyn along with 16.9 million television viewers while interviewed by Diane Sawyer on 20/20. Featured on the July cover issue of Vanity Fair (2015), photographed in a beautiful pictorial spread by Annie Leibovitz, Caitlyn appeared absolutely stunning as a transwoman. It is understandable that Kris may be keeping a lower profile, in doing so she may be waiting, manipulating or planning situations for the maximum effect, one of her many skilled marketing techniques. Many excellent individual and family photos included. Remembering ~ Nicole Brown Simpson~ 1959-1994. *Kris Jenner trademarked her "Momager" title in 2012.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    I'm slightly embarrassed I read this book but whatever. ok, sooooo I lovedddd the kardashians at the start of their fame. they were the ultimate dysfunctional family that happened to be famous and I tuned in to their show and every spin off of it that was created. slowly but surely, I became sick of them and I now think they are the pinnacle of a lot of what is wrong with America. on one hand I respect Kris Jenner and her ability to turn her family of absolutely zero talent into a huge money mak I'm slightly embarrassed I read this book but whatever. ok, sooooo I lovedddd the kardashians at the start of their fame. they were the ultimate dysfunctional family that happened to be famous and I tuned in to their show and every spin off of it that was created. slowly but surely, I became sick of them and I now think they are the pinnacle of a lot of what is wrong with America. on one hand I respect Kris Jenner and her ability to turn her family of absolutely zero talent into a huge money making venture on the other hand I find the Kardashian/Jenner clan to be the most ridiculous money/fame hungry people in the world and it disgusts me that anyone gives two shits about them. this book was super interesting and I really enjoyed the beginning which focused heavily on Robert Kardashian and his career and defense of OJ Simpson in the murder trial of his wife. the book goes on and tells of Kim's rise to fame which I suspected was plotted and now after reading this book, know for a fact, it was plotted. it also details how KUWTK is largely scripted and a huge joke. also something I had suspected for quite a while. although I earlier admitted I was under the Kardashian spell, Im really looking forward to the day America stops making people "famous for being famous". people like bachelor and bachelorette reject contestants and the Kardashians do not contribute to society. they do not inspire people with their acting or music. they are talentless and only prove to our already wildly obtuse American culture that what is important in life is not helping others or making the world a better place, but that endorsement deals, magazine covers, television ratings and your net worth are in-fact what is truly important in life. rant over. excuse me while I go vomit over disgust.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jill Elizabeth

    Absolute rubbish. The entire book was filler. There was absolutely nothing new here and great swaths of the regurgitated information was unnecessary - for instance, there's an entire chapter about Paris Hilton where a couple of paragraphs would have sufficed. The author's attempts at investigative journalism were pathetic. I'm no defender of the Kardashian family but this book was just garbage. I'm mad at myself for finishing it. Absolute rubbish. The entire book was filler. There was absolutely nothing new here and great swaths of the regurgitated information was unnecessary - for instance, there's an entire chapter about Paris Hilton where a couple of paragraphs would have sufficed. The author's attempts at investigative journalism were pathetic. I'm no defender of the Kardashian family but this book was just garbage. I'm mad at myself for finishing it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I want my $9.99 back. With the exception of the information in beginning regarding Robert Kardashian, I don't think I learned anything I didn't already know. Also, there were two huge mistakes that could have been fact checked so easily. Where was Khloe in this book? What about Kourtney and Scott? Kanye got more pages than Kourtney and Khloe put together. Also, this author is really full of himself. I really don't give a you-know-what about the fact that you are an NYT bestselling author. You wr I want my $9.99 back. With the exception of the information in beginning regarding Robert Kardashian, I don't think I learned anything I didn't already know. Also, there were two huge mistakes that could have been fact checked so easily. Where was Khloe in this book? What about Kourtney and Scott? Kanye got more pages than Kourtney and Khloe put together. Also, this author is really full of himself. I really don't give a you-know-what about the fact that you are an NYT bestselling author. You write like a scummy tabloid writer and you get your information the same way. You spent more time trying to get information out of Caitlyn's plastic surgeon than you did fact checking this book. No wonder O.J. didn't write you back. Anyone could see through your B.S.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dna

    I really enjoyed the first half of this book, which focuses more on the Kardashians before their rise to reality TV fame. Kris Jenner emerges as a powerful, shrewd figure, and I'll be damned if I didn't close this book with more respect for the woman known as Pimp Mama Kris. She might be a pimp, but she's a good pimp. However, Halperin doesn't uncover anything new, nor is he incisive enough to set this book apart from the content you can find online, so I would recommend Kardashian Dynasty, but I really enjoyed the first half of this book, which focuses more on the Kardashians before their rise to reality TV fame. Kris Jenner emerges as a powerful, shrewd figure, and I'll be damned if I didn't close this book with more respect for the woman known as Pimp Mama Kris. She might be a pimp, but she's a good pimp. However, Halperin doesn't uncover anything new, nor is he incisive enough to set this book apart from the content you can find online, so I would recommend Kardashian Dynasty, but only if you can borrow rather than buy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Arianna

    Literally no new information presented in this book. The author must have assumed that fans of the Kardashian's show would be the primary readers of this text. Why would he feel the need to transcribe countless episodes of the show and pass it off as investigative journalism? Glad I checked this book out of the library and did not spend a dime on it. Don't waste your time. Just watch the E! True Hollywood story, you'll learn just as much. Literally no new information presented in this book. The author must have assumed that fans of the Kardashian's show would be the primary readers of this text. Why would he feel the need to transcribe countless episodes of the show and pass it off as investigative journalism? Glad I checked this book out of the library and did not spend a dime on it. Don't waste your time. Just watch the E! True Hollywood story, you'll learn just as much.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Yes I listened to this audiobook. I am ashamed.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alia

    The author clearly did his research, often going undercover to get key details. So my issues are not with the writing or the book itself. This family is absolutely nuts. They rose to notoriety when Kim Kardashian's sex tape leaked in the 2000s. It was so clearly planned that I cannot believe it worked. If you were really upset about someone releasing a tape that featured you in it, you would not accept a settlement; you would fight to keep it off the market. So, this was obviously just a ploy to The author clearly did his research, often going undercover to get key details. So my issues are not with the writing or the book itself. This family is absolutely nuts. They rose to notoriety when Kim Kardashian's sex tape leaked in the 2000s. It was so clearly planned that I cannot believe it worked. If you were really upset about someone releasing a tape that featured you in it, you would not accept a settlement; you would fight to keep it off the market. So, this was obviously just a ploy to bring fame to the family's name. It's horrifying how Kris Jenner could use this sex tape to her advantage. It's funny, because these people haven't actually done anything of importance, yet they're being showcased like they're the royal family of America. They absolutely are NOT. It's insane what lengths these people will go to to keep their names in the headlines. Kim's 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries would be one. 72 days? Really? If that's not a publicity stunt, then I really don't know what is. Also, Kris Jenner is awful! When she was first married to Robert Kardashian, she paraded her extramarital affairs around him, and even let her boyfriend stay at the house with her and her kids once she separated from Robert. She's absolutely ridiculous; she destroyed her marriage for what reason? The drama? Then she has the audacity to say "I regret divorcing Robert Kardashian" as a sucker punch to her ex, Caitlyn Jenner? Jeeeez. It's clear the family would never have been famous without Kris, but she's obviously a sociopath. I swear, will never buy a Kardashian product.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Avigail

    Here is what this book does well: chart the Kardashian family history and the basic trajectory of their rise to fame; throw shade at people who dislike the Kardashians because their show is "fake" and scripted (yes, of course. Reality television is not real); acknowledge that the Kardashian women (and particularly Kris Jenner) have worked incredibly hard to achieve their fame and fortune. Here is what this book does not do well: journalistic ethics; feminism. Here is what this book does well: chart the Kardashian family history and the basic trajectory of their rise to fame; throw shade at people who dislike the Kardashians because their show is "fake" and scripted (yes, of course. Reality television is not real); acknowledge that the Kardashian women (and particularly Kris Jenner) have worked incredibly hard to achieve their fame and fortune. Here is what this book does not do well: journalistic ethics; feminism.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Its really 2.5 stars. This book like all Ian Halperin books was terrible but entertaining. Full disclosure I'm a Kardashian fanatic & would have read this no matter what. Who would I recommend this book to anyone who loves trashy badly written books about celebrities. Its really 2.5 stars. This book like all Ian Halperin books was terrible but entertaining. Full disclosure I'm a Kardashian fanatic & would have read this no matter what. Who would I recommend this book to anyone who loves trashy badly written books about celebrities.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rhina M. Finley

    The best part of the book is the Armenian history in the beginning. This author is known to dig deep.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ozma

    Loved this book. Ended up buying it b/c the library wanted it back, and I wasn't reading it fast enough. Lots of great investigative journalism. Definitely will never look at the Kardashians the same but am still a fan of their show. The main point of the book is that the reality stardom was planned/devised/actively pursued by Kris Kardashian-Jenner. I don't think the Kardashians portray themselves as not having pursued the limelight so, if anything, this book actually helped me to reinforce my Loved this book. Ended up buying it b/c the library wanted it back, and I wasn't reading it fast enough. Lots of great investigative journalism. Definitely will never look at the Kardashians the same but am still a fan of their show. The main point of the book is that the reality stardom was planned/devised/actively pursued by Kris Kardashian-Jenner. I don't think the Kardashians portray themselves as not having pursued the limelight so, if anything, this book actually helped me to reinforce my views of the show. And, like the show, it was a great escape with juicy details. I know that people think that the Kardashians are trash, reality shows are bad, etc. But, when you are 5 months pregnant, with a kidney stone attack, in the hospital, and, overall miserable, and "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" is on, let's just say it gives you a new appreciation for that family! I can honestly stay that they got me through my kidney stone attack. Although I had mega pain killers, my mind was still fixated on what harm may be coming to my baby. In addition, after they take the pain killers away, when the stone looks like it has passed, there is a withdrawal period where I personally felt like I had been run over by a truck. I was never so happy to be home, of course, but I just lay in my bed, depleted from the event. All I could do was watch the Kardashians. In the old days of being sick, I would watch "Law and Order", but I didn't have the brain power to watch that. Plus, I've seen almost all the episodes. But, as for the book, it had classic Halperin work in it. He interviewed everyone he could find, he went "undercover" and posed as this or that to get closer, he dug, dug, dug. He may not write highbrow stuff, but I do think that Halperin works hard and is able to put together a lot of information , most of which only he has identified/found. The only thing I don't like about Halperin is that he generally does not write in a linear fashion. He cuts to the most important parts and jumps around. But that is not an awful fault, and that is my snooty education talking, I think. I didn't know the back story on how Kris's parents and how they were retail mavericks, opening and running a large candle store and then a children's consignment boutique. Kris took this work and improved on it, some would say to a scary level! I appreciate though the entrepreneurship though and also that Kris's mom apparently still works/runs her store. Good, clean, fun reading. The only reason it took me so long to read is b/c I was a new mom and hardly had time to think, much less read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Debjit Sengupta

    Kim Kardashian - The name that keeps coming at you after regular interval . The name that is synonym with style, fashion and family . The name that is also controversy’s favorite child. The media continuously hammers posts about her with consistency. So much so, that ultimately you begin to take notice and when you do so ,you can no longer ignore her because she stay stuck physiologically in your mind. The media continue to feed tids-bits about not only her, but also occasionally about her enter Kim Kardashian - The name that keeps coming at you after regular interval . The name that is synonym with style, fashion and family . The name that is also controversy’s favorite child. The media continuously hammers posts about her with consistency. So much so, that ultimately you begin to take notice and when you do so ,you can no longer ignore her because she stay stuck physiologically in your mind. The media continue to feed tids-bits about not only her, but also occasionally about her enterprising sisters - Kourtney and Khloe. The fact that she is married to controversial but extremely talented Kanye West makes her case even more interesting. Interestingly, her younger step sister Kendell Jenner is one of the most happening model . So there is so much happening in the family. Now some pertinent questions are - Is it rags-to-riches story? What make them click? What made Kardashian a protracted and burgeoning brand? How they managed to monetize and proliferate their fame? Their story definitely deserves a reading. Have people knew about the family only after Kim achieved fame? The answer is No. It was her father Robert Kardashian , who was part of legal team to defend American Football star O.J.Simpson, who was alleged to have murdered his wife. Robert was born to an Armenian millionaire family settled in US and Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and their brother were born rich as well. However it was their mother- Kris Jenner who had this tremendous sense of timing and business acumen, which resulted in catapulting her family to huge level of success and fame, and along with it bought astronomical amount of money. She had played a pivotal role in shaping up her children destiny. While she was married to Robert, by her own admission she and her kids lived a luxurious lifestyle. She had a large family and a loving husband. She was committed to family values and Christian morality. She however had unfulfilled sexual passion which made her drift and indulged in fling with a producer. However this proved to be disastrous as it ended her marriage. Robert and Kris were involved in a toxic battle over their divorce, money, house and custody of the kids. Then came 1976 Decathlon Gold medalist Bruce Jenner in her life, who bought peace between the warring couples. He also eventually married Kris. He had three son and a daughter from earlier marriage. Later Kris and Bruce became parents of two daughters- Kylie and Kendall Jenner. Kris was scouting locations for fashion outlet. Kourtney was putting her expertise in selecting the merchandising locations. It began to become successful. Kim had a venture in eBay which was thriving too. This success were stepping stone for future business empire. Meanwhile Kim was hobnobbing with Paris Hilton and they were often photographed together at various hot spots. She was virtually unknown but slowly and steadily people began to notice her, and this thanks to paparazzi’s attention. At that time, a sex tape featuring Kim was leaked and buzz about her became deafening. As the news about the tape started circulating, the name Kim Kardashian suddenly became hot. It was at the same time that Kris pitch forward and ultimately tied with E! channel to showcase the lives of Kardashian and Jenner, that features the women who is hogging all the limelight. That’s how the idea germinated and the show- Keeping up with Kardashians was born. Enough hype and curiosity was already created. The people were hooked to show which was a ready made sitcom. The producer realized that they have stuck gold with it. Kim was the most visible and sought after person in the family. She committed hefty sum to appear for any club or events. Most brands wanted to sign endorsement deal with her. There is always a speculation that her emergence in public was deliberately engineered including sex tape leak. Her career trajectory was similar to her old friend Paris Hilton, whose emergence into stardom was preceded by also sex tape leak. The show- Keeping up with Kardashians had just replaced another show - Simple life that featured Paris Hilton ,where her antics left people leaving desiccated and stultifying. The real brain who never allowed any family milestone to go unnoticed and capitalized on it was Kris. Be it a highly lavish marriage that lasted only 72 days, pregnancy announcement or revealing sex of the child , nothing was unexploited by negotiating deals for each news and events. She in fact was grooming her children from childhood for their current celebrity status the entire life. After completing this book, I went though some of the episodes of the show. The moot question here is why people care about such a reality show? Why they are glued to it? Some events and behavior do look staged and at times certainly apocryphal. The fact is that reality can be tedious and boring. So, the producers have to manipulate in order to maximize entertainment value. If it become predictable, makers ensures to inject drama and controversy in small measures. Even in this show, there were elements of risque to scale up people interest. There are oodles of shock elements to sore up and sustain its popularity. In one of the episodes, Kris was trying to convince her reluctant daughter Kim to accept offer for posing nude in Playboy but Kim was very shy about it. The entire act looked disingenuous. Then there was disclosure by Kris husband Bruce Jenner , who declared in one of the episodes that he is undergoing sex change. He ultimately did and changed her name to Caitlyn Jenner. There was also buzz that Khloe’s biological father was OJ Simpson. So there are enough spices in the life of Kardashian and Jenner to keep readers interested. People want to see more of them. What is the bottomline? Why it keeps them interested? It’s because such a show is simple escape from their mundane and humdrum life. The author here keeps the basic rights while presenting the facts. The subject and character have enough traction to pull readers.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    I would vote this book 4 stars, but I voted 5 to compensate for the other reviews. I'm currently going through a phase where I'm fascinated by the phenomenon of celerity–the culture surrounding it, say, at the MET Gala, the power around it, such as the impact celebrity endorsements can have, and so on. I think a lot of people are really quick to discount pop culture. I see this too in a number of reviews here. But go google the July 2005 edition of the W Magazine and tell me these first photos of I would vote this book 4 stars, but I voted 5 to compensate for the other reviews. I'm currently going through a phase where I'm fascinated by the phenomenon of celerity–the culture surrounding it, say, at the MET Gala, the power around it, such as the impact celebrity endorsements can have, and so on. I think a lot of people are really quick to discount pop culture. I see this too in a number of reviews here. But go google the July 2005 edition of the W Magazine and tell me these first photos of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie–a time when Brad Pitt was still with Jennifer Anniston–do not fascinate and intrigue you!! Fascinate and intrigue you because the photos hit on so many themes in society. For one: domestic abuse (physical and emotional) in the secrecy of a home, but domestic abuse overshadowed by a kind of relationship we love so much in society. That is, an assertive masculine man with a beautiful feminine woman who both wear stunning clothes and live in a gorgeous home. Feel this create tension with our first sentiment! And while these photos feel private and intimate, we know they have been staged specifically for use by one of America's most widely distributed magazines. And I guess this would be the perfect time to segue to the topic of the Kardashians. When we watch Keeping Up with the Kardashians, even though it feels like we are getting a crazy look into a secret world, we _know_, oh yes we know, it's staged. This gets at another element of the phenomenon of celebrity that interests me: the question of what is real and what is not real. Is she really in love with Kanye West? Is their relationship really affectionate, or did they just agree to a business partnership? This question of what is real and what is not real pervades our life so much today: from our consumption of news to the identities we craft on Facebook. Take another example of how the phenomenon of celebrity, if we take a closer look, can help us look at our futuristic world a little bit differently: recently celebrities have been buying paparazzi-proof scarfs. These scarfs reflect the flash of paparazzi's cameras so strongly that everything else in their photos become black. Before you think, oh, that's crazy, but I don't nearly live that kind of life, consider the rise of mass surveillance, and how we might look for privacy in similar ways in the future. Read this book as a fascinating case study of a group of businesswomen who have thought deeply about the nature, heart, and mind of society. We are all PR managers, whether big or small. I do want to mention one more note. A number of other reviewers mention this book did not uncover any new information about the Kardashian family for them. This may very well be true, I can't say because I came to this book knowing very little about the Kardashian family. But I can say for those who know little, Ian Halperin, in my opinion, does a great job weaving together the stories of the Kardashian family from the past two decades in a way it kept me engaged all the way through. Edit: And if a more academic analysis of the phenomenon of celebrity might interest you, I'd suggest checking out Understanding Celebrity. I think this topic is sorely missing some love–I've spent time trying to find good books–but this is one I've read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    as posted @ saidjess.com After reading a few books that required concentration, I decided I wanted something quick and trashy to read, so the Kardashian Dynasty seemed to tick all the boxes for all the wrong reasons. I know this may come as a surprise to many of you, but I have dabbled from time-to-time in the watching of Keeping Up With The Kardashians and some of the many poor spin-offs that were made. I justify it to my boyfriend like this; I don't watch TV to learn things, I read books to lear as posted @ saidjess.com After reading a few books that required concentration, I decided I wanted something quick and trashy to read, so the Kardashian Dynasty seemed to tick all the boxes for all the wrong reasons. I know this may come as a surprise to many of you, but I have dabbled from time-to-time in the watching of Keeping Up With The Kardashians and some of the many poor spin-offs that were made. I justify it to my boyfriend like this; I don't watch TV to learn things, I read books to learn things, I google to learn things, I watch YouTube to learn things -- when I watch television, I want to absorb something that is so insipid that I am suspended from my own reality. So I don't have a great deal to say except that this story begins with Halperin delving in to the family background of Robert Kardashian and Kris Jenner -- and I found that to be interesting, but that's where it ended. The writer reads like a FoxNews tabloid reporter (anyone remember Roger Freidman??) who got his sources from a junkie in an alley. He often referred to himself and name dropped contacts -- if he wasn't name dropping contacts he would refer to a "friend of mine", "a girl I dated that once knew a person who knew a person who met them once". I began to grow irate and tired of the fact that he referenced that he lived in Florida and often seen the Kardashian, or .. like, someone who he knew might know them. Then, my friends, Halperin got particularly seedy. He refers proudly to how he went 'undercover' to a trans meeting to infiltrate to see how the community felt about Bruce Jenner's transition and if it was positive or not. I mean, was this truly necessary? Couldn't he have pulled out a surveymonkey like all self-respecting uni-students and investigative journalists do? Couldn't he have taken a poll on Twitter? Did he really have to make a mockery of a support group that are dealing with very real issues? He went further; infiltrating the same surgeon who helped with Bruce Jenner's transition surgery. He tried to get the staff to fold on some information and got nothing. Seems like a lot of work for nothing. And man, its seedy. What I learned from this book that I didn't already know was not a great deal. Anything inside the folds of Halperin's book could have been learned from watching the Keeping Up With The Kardashians. What we know is that they are spoiled. Kris is a savvy, if not, gross, manager of her family who carefully and manipulatively works to keep them relevant (by media standards). We know Kim is different to Paris Hilton because she is more clean-cut, actually does work hard (at whatever it is that she does)-- and the rest reached the success that she did based upon association and not much else. What I learned about this most of all is that Halperin is a poor "investigative" "journalist" who dabbles more on the seedy tabloid side and I'd never pick up another one of his books... Oh, did I mention how he kept referring to himself at least twice or three times as a NY Times Best Selling Author? Kardashians Anyway, 2 out of 5 from me! Also, it didn't satisfy my hankering for a good trashy non-mummy-porn book. So, suggest one, pls!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tamara

    I heard of this book from a friend, she's a big Kardashian fan and told me it was a must read. I'm not a big Kardashian fan myself, I find it intriguing to see how one person can manage an entire family into a mutli billion dollar brand. Although the book does give a little insight in the history of the Kardashian family it doesn't reveal any new facts. All the facts in this book are also to be found on the internet. The part about O.J. Simpson was by far the most interesting part of this book to I heard of this book from a friend, she's a big Kardashian fan and told me it was a must read. I'm not a big Kardashian fan myself, I find it intriguing to see how one person can manage an entire family into a mutli billion dollar brand. Although the book does give a little insight in the history of the Kardashian family it doesn't reveal any new facts. All the facts in this book are also to be found on the internet. The part about O.J. Simpson was by far the most interesting part of this book to read. For me the entire chapter about Paris Hilton wasn't necessary and didn't add anything to be honest. And a few other chapters are just a transcription of an entire episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. I heard a lot of good things about the author but I don't think this book is worthy of that fame to be honest. I won't recommend this book to anybody else unless you're such an enormous Kardashian fan that you want to read, see and buy absolutely everything that has they're name written on. Else it's a waste of time since everything in the book is already widely spread over the internet. It did get me though a few nights when I was suffering from insomnia and needed a no brainer to read ;-)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Hayley Collett

    The first half of this book was great. Ian delves into the family history on both sides, the children's childhoods, Kris and Rob's divorce, Kris's infidelities, the O.J. case etc. It's very interesting, but...then you get to the middle of the book, and it goes down hill. The last half is just a mess of him repeating dialogue from the show (One whole chapter on Rob is just him describing the entire counselling episode that the family had. Word for word. As if he just reprinted a script from a dra The first half of this book was great. Ian delves into the family history on both sides, the children's childhoods, Kris and Rob's divorce, Kris's infidelities, the O.J. case etc. It's very interesting, but...then you get to the middle of the book, and it goes down hill. The last half is just a mess of him repeating dialogue from the show (One whole chapter on Rob is just him describing the entire counselling episode that the family had. Word for word. As if he just reprinted a script from a drama). Then he just repeats tabloid rumours and yaps on about himself and his own life in between sharing snippets of the show's events. It's insanely frustrating, boring and painful to get through if you are an avid fan. I guarantee you already know everything in the second half of the book from watching the show. Borrow, dont buy. Or just google the top 10 interesting points made by Ian rather than reading it at all. He also gives an entire chapter to Paris Hilton and her families history. A long chapter. Like 1/5 of the book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Zach

    Like many, I have a secret obsession with reality tv. It was always on the periphery until last year when I became seriously engrossed in The Bachelor, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Real Housewives and Teen Mom. After my secret became known to the office, my boss gifted me with this book for Christmas. Despite the somewhat sketchy author, I thought I would give it a try. it turned out to not be anything like I expected. Most of the information in the book can be gleaned from online or KUWTK s Like many, I have a secret obsession with reality tv. It was always on the periphery until last year when I became seriously engrossed in The Bachelor, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Real Housewives and Teen Mom. After my secret became known to the office, my boss gifted me with this book for Christmas. Despite the somewhat sketchy author, I thought I would give it a try. it turned out to not be anything like I expected. Most of the information in the book can be gleaned from online or KUWTK so there really wasn't anything that I didn't already know. It was quite frustrating to have to read some of the unnecessary tangents that the author would go off on just to fill up pages. There was also constant direct quotes from the show. I'm fairly certain anyone reading this book should already be familiar with most of these scenes... To be honest, I felt like the author was a worse person than any of the Kardashians by the time I finished the book. I only recommend this is you happen to borrow it from me or find it for a $1 in a discount bin.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tariq Mahmood

    A very entertaining read about the world of reality TV in the USA. It read like an anthropological study of the seekers of fame and popularity. The focussed Kardashian family managed to make millions by managing to hog the limelight upon themselves for years with their eccentric personal lifesytles. This unique phenomenum of attaining stardom without any visible skills or any talent is only possible in the age of social media where if we choose to, we can broadcast all of our opinions and observ A very entertaining read about the world of reality TV in the USA. It read like an anthropological study of the seekers of fame and popularity. The focussed Kardashian family managed to make millions by managing to hog the limelight upon themselves for years with their eccentric personal lifesytles. This unique phenomenum of attaining stardom without any visible skills or any talent is only possible in the age of social media where if we choose to, we can broadcast all of our opinions and observations which reults in a very close relationship with the wider public. Their success means that this new phenomenum is there to stay, so we'd better get used to seeing similar 'stars' in future. I dont know why but I cannot help comparing the notoriety achieved by IS who also used social media to spread their message of hate. The IS is also a regime built on social media. Doom and gloom indeed.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shruti

    This book was somewhat a waste of time. For someone who has watched most of the Kardashian shows, most of the information here was repetitive and I wondered for someone who has not watched them, why would anyone be even reading this! All in all, most of the parts in this book, unnecessary! I did enjoy the author's perspective on behind-the-scenes and the family history. One thing that I appreciated (always have been wondering about!, actually...) about the author is that he did highlight how har This book was somewhat a waste of time. For someone who has watched most of the Kardashian shows, most of the information here was repetitive and I wondered for someone who has not watched them, why would anyone be even reading this! All in all, most of the parts in this book, unnecessary! I did enjoy the author's perspective on behind-the-scenes and the family history. One thing that I appreciated (always have been wondering about!, actually...) about the author is that he did highlight how hard working everyone is in the family is! He certainly could have done a better job...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    I have read a Kardashian book before by Sean Smith, and I did enjoy this one there were bits that were different this one went in to more detail on Kris in particular. There wasn't anything really scandalous in this book and it did focus more on Kim as did the Sean Smith book so they were quite similar in that way. This one was published later so it was a bit more updated but it wasn't anything great. I enjoyed it and it will be the last Kardashian book I read as I think I've had enough Kardashi I have read a Kardashian book before by Sean Smith, and I did enjoy this one there were bits that were different this one went in to more detail on Kris in particular. There wasn't anything really scandalous in this book and it did focus more on Kim as did the Sean Smith book so they were quite similar in that way. This one was published later so it was a bit more updated but it wasn't anything great. I enjoyed it and it will be the last Kardashian book I read as I think I've had enough Kardashian for now.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Burak

    I have no idea why I had started reading this book but Mr. Halperin has a very strong and fluent way of making a story out of the infamous Kardashian clan, which makes it really easy to read in leaps and bounds. I gave 4 stars -not because of the content but because of Ian Halperin's writing skills. (and honestly it was a lot fun to read such a book that left my mouth gaping all the time. It's the plausible way of explanation of the greedy Hollywood biz.) I have no idea why I had started reading this book but Mr. Halperin has a very strong and fluent way of making a story out of the infamous Kardashian clan, which makes it really easy to read in leaps and bounds. I gave 4 stars -not because of the content but because of Ian Halperin's writing skills. (and honestly it was a lot fun to read such a book that left my mouth gaping all the time. It's the plausible way of explanation of the greedy Hollywood biz.)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    The interview with the author that inspired me to read this book was way more interesting than the actual book itself. Not a Kardashian fan but I am curious about the rise and popularity of this family. Unfortunately it seems like all the non disclosure agreements the family makes everyone sign before coming in the home prevents a lot of new information from being investigated.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jacoba

    This was a completely terrible book but not in the ways I wanted it to be. I didn't learn really anything new about the Kardashians but I learned plenty about OJ, Paris Hilton, Kanye West and other celebrities. Ian Halperin spent a good amount of the book shilling for his other books which was annoying. This was a completely terrible book but not in the ways I wanted it to be. I didn't learn really anything new about the Kardashians but I learned plenty about OJ, Paris Hilton, Kanye West and other celebrities. Ian Halperin spent a good amount of the book shilling for his other books which was annoying.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Mcbroom

    Now this is not because of the Kardashians because they are my guilty pleasure. Unfortunately this had nothing to do with the Kardashians just the times, Halperin namedropped every second to show what an award winning journalist he is. It should be a drinking game, drink every time Halperin talks about a famous person he knows!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kelli Rushek

    I am obsessed with the K's solely because HOW DID THEY DO IT?!!!! This book attempted to answer this question, and as I was reading the "how" I wanted more of the "juicy bits". So maybe I am just as vapid as they. I am obsessed with the K's solely because HOW DID THEY DO IT?!!!! This book attempted to answer this question, and as I was reading the "how" I wanted more of the "juicy bits". So maybe I am just as vapid as they.

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