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The Kennedy Men: 1901-1963
     

The Kennedy Men: 1901-1963

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by Laurence Leamer
 

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The renowned biographer and New York Times bestselling author of The Kennedy Women returns with this first volume in a multigenerational history that will forever change the way America views its most famous family ...

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Kennedy Men, 1901-1963 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is NOT a Kennedy valentine, nor is it a Kennedy-basher. Instead, Leamer has written the most fascinating account yet of this incredible family of alpha males, beginning with old Joe and his leachery and treachery. But wait, scandal fans! Leamer also reveals highly documented, inside CIA information about the Cuban Missle crisis when the nation and the world were truly held in nuclear terror for days. And did you know JFK authorized napalm bombing of Cuban citizens during the Bay of Pigs invasion? I double-checked Leamer's footnotes and extensive research: he is accurate down to the last detail about Bobby, Marilyn Monroe, Lyndon Johnson, and the James Bond syndrome that gripped the Kennedy foreign policy. This is a book that every informed citizen needs when the next Kennedy scandal or tragedy occurs. It is also a valuable historical account of the charisma and character of the Kennedy men, their spectacular acheivements and devasting failures. I could not put this book down, because it can be opened at any page to rediscover our own American addiction for the ongoing Kennedy drama. From old Joe's anti-Semitism to Bobby Kennedy's passionate fight for the poor, or his hatred for Lyndon Johnson, the Kennedy juices flow hotly throughout this book, and the reader is never disappointed. 'The Kennedy Men' is in the Schlesinger, Sorenson, O'Donnell library class of authentic Kennedy biographical history, but it is much more: 'The Kennedy Men' by Leamer brings to life the real-life Kennedy impact on our national psyche.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am only 15 years old.This book portrays the rough side of Camelot. A side that many Americans couldn't imagine. The reason I liked it so much is because I always get reports to do on JFK and I decided it would be fun to read about his life,the life of his brothers, and his father. It kind of shows a Rags to Riches story showing the determination that the Kenndy's had. But the book reveals the signs of the Kenndy Curse.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had high hopes for this book but was disappointed. Apparently the Kennedy story is so worn now that they recycle covers. Ralph Martin's bio Seeds of Destruction used the same photo. The author has finally put to rest some of the rumors aboiut the mob and JFK, especially Judy Exner but his telling of the tale of the PT 109 incident and JFK's first campaign are both lacking in information and give short shift to the people who really were responsible for those events turning in Kennedy's favor. This could have been so much better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. The language is superb. The details about personal life are so riveting.
kimikimi More than 1 year ago
Very well researched and detailed, all sources cited. Nonetheless, i came away feeling manipulated. It seemed to me the writer was cherry picking the details he wished to present. It is possible to be 100% accurate and still present a very one-sided view. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were some places where the events were duplicated but it left me wondering how we ever survived the Kennedy men.
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I thought the book was totally engrossing and it was hard to put down. Whether you're a Kennedy fan or not, it is just a very interesting book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
an honest and documented book on the Kennndy family.. a must read for any person who loves history..just hope people read this... long book but well written.. might get lost in the suffle.. hope not