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Mitchell, an Irish history expert, has done a masterful job in documenting the place of John Kennedy's Irish heritage in context. The first Catholic president openly embraced his Irish heritage at a time in which ethnic consciousness was only beginning to fully emerge. Mitchell provides not only a historical context for this heritage but also commentary about JFK's sentimental visits to his ancestral homeland and its profound symbolic and political context for those of Irish heritage. It is easy to understand the emotional bond many Irish and other hyphenated-Americans had for Kennedy. Mitchell provided meticulous detail for his research. The only flaw of the otherwise great book is Mitchell's own sentimentality for the Kennedy story. Otherwise, with a preponderance of new and sometimes sensational revelations arising on the Kennedy era, this book offers a refreshing and scholarly look at a topic that should not be underestimated in understanding this leader.