Joseph P. Kennedy: The Mob, the Mogul, the Statesman, and the Making of an American Myth

Joseph P. Kennedy: The Mob, the Mogul, the Statesman, and the Making of an American Myth

by Ted Schwarz

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Joseph P. Kennedy: The Mob, the Mogul, the Statesman, and the Making of an American Myth by Ted Schwarz

Advance Praise for Joseph P. Kennedy

"Ted Schwarz gives us a darker, and truer, picture of the founding father (and only Kennedy to ever make any money) than the habitual family spinmeisters and hagiographers."
–Axel Madsen, author of Gloria and Joe: The Star-Crossed Love Affair of Gloria Swanson and Joe Kennedy

What price glory?

He is best known as the patriarch of America’s most loved, hated, and talked-about family. Long before the Kennedy name became synonymous with wealth, political idealism, and agonizing tragedy, however, Joe Kennedy was on the move. This unflinching portrait of the man who sired three major twentieth-century political figures introduces copious new information about Joseph Kennedy’s questionable financial practices, his Hollywood exploits, his tenure as ambassador to Great Britain, and his relationship with organized crime. Drawing on previously untapped sources, author Ted Schwarz provides a rare peek into Joseph Kennedy’s secret activities and public accomplishments, including:

  • Baseball scams that Kennedy concocted as an adolescent
  • Kennedy’s cynical manipulation of Franklin Roosevelt’s son
  • His business dealings with Al Capone
  • Kennedy’s very public affair with actress Gloria Swanson
  • How he transformed Hollywood studios into product manufacturers
  • His dismal performance as ambassador to Great Britain
  • And much, much more

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471176817
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/05/2003
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.49(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.56(d)

About the Author

Ted Schwarz has written and coauthored more than 100 books. Among his bestselling titles are The Peter Lawford Story, The Kennedys: The Third Generation, and Rose Kennedy and Her Family.

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