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The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings: A Five-Generation History of the Ultimate Irish-Catholic Family

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For 150 years, the story of the Kennedy family has been inextricably linked to their heritage as Irish-Catholic immigrants—from Patrick Kennedy’s 1848 arrival in Brahmin Boston from Country Wexford Ireland, to Joseph Kennedy’s Vatican ties and Jackie’s thoughts on faith and sorrow, to Kennedy-confidante Father McSorley’s religious counsel following the assassination of JFK. Through groundbreaking interviews with Senator Edward Kennedy and other Kennedy family and friends, acclaimed journalist Thomas Maier casts ...

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Overview

For 150 years, the story of the Kennedy family has been inextricably linked to their heritage as Irish-Catholic immigrants—from Patrick Kennedy’s 1848 arrival in Brahmin Boston from Country Wexford Ireland, to Joseph Kennedy’s Vatican ties and Jackie’s thoughts on faith and sorrow, to Kennedy-confidante Father McSorley’s religious counsel following the assassination of JFK. Through groundbreaking interviews with Senator Edward Kennedy and other Kennedy family and friends, acclaimed journalist Thomas Maier casts the Kennedy saga in an entirely new light, showing how their Irish catholic heritage influenced their public and private decisions. Released to coincide with a documentary adapted from the book, this edition features a new preface, in which Maier explores the dynamics of the three brothers, Ted Kennedy’s legacy, and the 2008 presidential elections that have been touched in so many ways by the Kennedy family.

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Every American of Irish extraction can identify with the 1848 arrival of peasant farmer Patrick Kennedy from County Wexford, Ireland, into the forbidding Brahmin world of Boston, Massachusetts. Though typical in many ways of Great Hunger emigrants, this Kennedy line distinguished itself in unprecedented ways. Over five generations, the feisty clan established itself as a political dynasty that reshaped the image of the Irish in America and the Irish in the world. Thomas Maier's The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings situates this much-mythologized family as the ultimate Irish-Catholic brood, a family with its feet firmly planted in both the Old Sod and the new politics. Refreshingly original.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465043187
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 10/4/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 676
  • Sales rank: 688,964
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 1.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Maier is a special writer at New York Newsday. He is the author of the critically acclaimed biography Dr. Spock, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and one of the Boston Globe’s top ten nonfiction titles of 1998, and Newhouse, which won the Frank Luther Mott Award for Best Media Book. He lives on Long Island, New York.

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Table of Contents

Preface xv
Part I From Ireland to Irish-American
1 The Boys of Wexford 3
2 Heirs of Brian Boru 10
3 The Starvation 18
4 American Wake 24
5 Brahmins and Bigotry 35
6 The Long Climb to Acceptance 51
7 The Family Enterprise 67
8 Hard Lessons 78
Part II The Family Faith
9 Happy Warriors 95
10 An Irishman in the Court of St. James 113
11 The Vatican Go-Between 123
12 Tortured Souls 139
13 Hero Worship 160
14 Blood Brothers 173
15 A Lighter Shade of Green 191
16 Eire 214
Part III Rise to the Presidency
17 The Irish Brahmin 235
18 A Child of Fate 249
19 Articles of Faith 266
20 A Nation of Immigrants 277
21 Matters of Church and State 292
22 A Friend in Rome 298
23 Primary Lessons 313
24 West Virginia 326
25 The Fall, 1960 339
Part IV The Rites of Power
26 A Catholic in the White House 361
27 Holy Wars 374
28 Conversion and Subversion 386
29 The Two Johns 394
30 Doing the Right Thing 409
31 In the Springtime 428
32 The Ritual of Mourning 444
Part V The Emerald Thread
33 A Living Wound 467
34 The Awful Grace of God 485
35 The Politics of Outsiders 499
36 The Ghosts of Camelot 519
37 Last Hurrahs 535
38 A Matter of Faith 550
39 Looking Backward and Forward 561
40 Principles of Peace 572
41 Legacies 589
A Note on Sources 603
Selected Bibliography 637
About the Author 655
Index 657
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    Loved it

    Life-affirming and worthwhile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2012

    Being of Irish heritage, I appreciated the author writing of the

    Being of Irish heritage, I appreciated the author writing of the Irish spirit of hope, confidence and imagination, as Kennedy saw it. I found answers to questions about various family members that have evaded me for years. Kennedys anscesters arrived in the USA about the time that mine did also, during the starvation of the famine when they were ignored by the English landlords. Now I know why my Mother clung to her sisters and brothers and other Irish relatives. Family and Faith were so important in their lives. I recommend this to anyone of Irish descent.

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