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The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy by David Nasaw


Celebrated historian David Nasaw brings to lifestyles the story of Joseph Patrick Kennedy, on this, the primary and simplest biography in line with unrestricted and unique get entry to to the Joseph P. Kennedy papers


Joseph Patrick Kennedy—whose lifestyles spanned the First World Battle, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Despair, the Second World Conflict, and the Cold Struggle—was the patriarch of The united states’s greatest political dynasty. The daddy of President John F. Kennedy and senators Robert and Edward Kennedy, “Joe” Kennedy was once an indomitable and elusive figure whose desires of advancement for his nine kids were matched handiest via his phenomenal personal ambition and wise financial talents. Educated as a banker, Kennedy used to be additionally a Hollywood wealthy person, a stock alternate savant, a shipyard supervisor, the founding chairman of the Securities and Change Fee, and ambassador to London all through the Struggle of Britain. alThough his improbable existence encompasses the very heart of the American century, Joseph Kennedy has remained shrouded in rumor and prejudice for decades.


Drawing on by no means-earlier than-revealed material from archives on three continents, David Nasaw—the popular biographer of Andrew Carnegie and William Randolph Hearst—unearths a man a long way more difficult than the popular portrait. Used to be Kennedy an appeaser and isolationist, an anti-Semite and Nazi sympathizer, a stock swindler, a bootlegger, and a colleague of mobsters? Did he push his 2d son into politics and then purchase his elections for him? Why did he have his daughter Rosemary lobotomized? Why did he oppose the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, the Korean Struggle, and American assistance to the French in Vietnam? What was once his relationship to J. Edgar Hoover and his FBI? How did he affect his son’s politics and insurance policies within the White House? In this groundbreaking biography Nasaw ignores the tired previous answers surrounding Kennedy, ranging from scratch to discover the reality behind this misunderstood man.


Though a long way from a saint, Joseph Kennedy in many ways exemplifies the most effective in American political, economic, and social existence. His rags-to-riches story is one of exclusion and quiet discrimination overcome with the aid of entrepreneurship, ingenuity, and unshakable endurance. Kennedy’s story deserves to be told in full, and not using a holds barred, and Nasaw’s impressive The Patriarch is the primary guide to take action.

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Writer: David Nasaw Writer: Penguin Press HC, .. Binding: Hardcover Language: English Pages: 896

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