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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2011

    Great read

    An interesting account of how Joe leveraged himself and his family into greater wealth and power. This book sheds light on where the Kennedy Saga began... joe's incredible ambition, determination, and ability to achieve his goals. Fascinating!

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  • Posted June 18, 2009

    Closeup of a cutthroat

    It has been allowed to pass for years that the Kennedy fortune was amassed primarily in stock market manipulation and through bootlegging and mob connections. This book sheds light on the success the Kennedy patriarch realized in Hollywood and the ruthless steps he found necessary to accomplish this. JP Kennedy's Hollywood ventures were the most ethical of his business career, such as it was, and it is where most of his fortune was made. JFK Jr once said that many of his cousins were "poster boys for bad behavior." Hearing of their grandfather's "exploits" while being able to enjoy the wealth he created probably made them feel entitled. Fortunately most of the family seems to have identified more with his work in the establishing of the SEC and the Maritime Commission. Kennedy was without a doubt one of the most effective, if not the most effective New Dealer. This is a good book for researchers of the Kennedy family to read.

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

    Superb, well-researched biography.

    Highly readable and fast-paced, more like well-written fiction. History has never been so much fun! Baby boomers are well-familiar with the exploits of JFK and Bobby, but it wasn't until this work that one can appreciate the Kennedy patriarch. I wish I had a time machine so I could see this life unfold in real time.

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