Joseph P. Kennedy Presents: His Hollywood Years

Joseph P. Kennedy Presents: His Hollywood Years

by Cari Beauchamp
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Joseph P. Kennedy Presents: His Hollywood Years by Cari Beauchamp

Joseph P. Kennedy’s reputation as a savvy businessman, diplomat, and sly political patriarch is well-documented.  But his years as a Hollywood mogul have never been fully explored until now. 

In Joseph P. Kennedy Presents, Cari Beauchamp brilliantly explores this unknown chapter in Kennedy’s biography.  Between 1926 and 1930, Kennedy positioned himself as a major Hollywood player. In two short years, he was running three studios simultaneously and then, in a bold move, he merged his studios with David Sarnoff to form the legendary RKO Studio.  Beauchamp also tells the story of Kennedy’s affair with Gloria Swanson; how he masterminded the mergers that created the blueprint for contemporary Hollywood; and made the fortune that became the foundation of his empire.

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ISBN-13: 9780307271297
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/03/2009
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 1,046,334
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Cari Beauchamp is the author of Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood and other film histories. She has written for The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Variety and lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Joseph P. Kennedy Presents: His Hollywood Years 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
ThomasTK More than 1 year ago
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.
DrJM911 More than 1 year ago
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.