The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy

The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy

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The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy by David Nasaw, Malcolm Hillgartner

Celebrated historian David Nasaw brings to life the story of Joseph Patrick Kennedy, in this, the first and only biography based on unrestricted and exclusive access to the Joseph P. Kennedy papers

 

Joseph Patrick Kennedy—whose life spanned the First World War, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, the Second World War, and the Cold War—was the patriarch of America’s greatest political dynasty. The father of President John F. Kennedy and senators Robert and Edward Kennedy, “Joe” Kennedy was an indomitable and elusive figure whose dreams of advancement for his nine children were matched only by his extraordinary personal ambition and shrewd financial skills. Trained as a banker, Kennedy was also a Hollywood mogul, a stock exchange savant, a shipyard manager, the founding chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and ambassador to London during the Battle of Britain. Though his incredible life encompasses the very heart of the American century, Joseph Kennedy has remained shrouded in rumor and prejudice for decades.

Drawing on never-before-published material from archives on three continents, David Nasaw—the renowned biographer of Andrew Carnegie and William Randolph Hearst—unearths a man far more complicated than the popular portrait. Was Kennedy an appeaser and isolationist, an anti-Semite and Nazi sympathizer, a stock swindler, a bootlegger, and a colleague of mobsters? Did he push his second son into politics and then buy his elections for him? Why did he have his daughter Rosemary lobotomized? Why did he oppose the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, the Korean War, and American assistance to the French in Vietnam? What was his relationship to J. Edgar Hoover and his FBI? How did he influence his son’s politics and policies in the White House? In this groundbreaking biography Nasaw ignores the tired old answers surrounding Kennedy, starting from scratch to discover the truth behind this misunderstood man.

Though far from a saint, Joseph Kennedy in many ways exemplifies the best in American political, economic, and social life. His rags-to-riches story is one of exclusion and quiet discrimination overcome by entrepreneurship, ingenuity, and unshakable endurance. Kennedy’s story deserves to be told in full, with no holds barred, and Nasaw’s magnificent The Patriarch is the first book to do so.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611761382
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/13/2012
Pages: 1
Product dimensions: 5.34(w) x 5.62(h) x 2.12(d)

About the Author

DAVID NASAW is the author of Andrew Carnegie, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography and winner of the Bancroft Prize in History. He is the Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Professor of History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

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The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I read the review of "The Patriach" in the New York Times which called it "riveting," and you really can't put it down. It's like watching a TV mini-series, a panorama of American history in the twentieth century, and the role of one man, Joseph Kennedy, in that history. Kennedy was a titanic figure, both good and bad, who founded America's most important political dynasty. He was a brilliant stock manipulator, a movie producer, a lover of many women, including the movie star, Gloria Swanson, and American ambassador to Great Britain leading up to World War II. And along the way, he raised nine children, among them a President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, two Senators, Robert and Edward Kennedy, and Eunice Shriver, who founded the disabilities movement in America. There are some repeated page NUMBERS only, not pages themselves, but Barnes and Noble is apparently fixing this. There is absolutely No text missing at all from the ebook -- the pages do seem to be laid out with white spaces between the sections. Maybe that's what this reviewer meant by missing text.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the definitive biography of Joseph Kennedy, the complex and fascinating founder of the Kennedy dynasty. It is informed by the author's impeccable research and deep knowledge of and engagement with the cultural, social and political currents of American history. Yet it reads like a novel. Though some pages are repeated in the Nook, nothing is missing. All the text is there. In any case, Barnes & Noble is aware of the problem and it will soon be corrected, if it hasn't been already
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A detailed chronicle of one of America's most interesting and controversial figures. Anyone who has a sincere fascination of the Kennedy family must read "The Patriarch." The book is aptly titled and gives "Camelot" a whole new meaning. I had a tough time putting the book down until I read the last page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good read but I found this lacking and way to pro Kennedy and very hard to totally believe.  This was a truly ruthless man who would stop at nothing to get what he wanted.  The words  puff piece just kept popping into my head as I read on.  Just not in the class of Robert Caro's volumes on Lyndon Johnson.  Final thoughts are once again, a good read but seeming to be lacking.
DeneMD More than 1 year ago
David Nasaw the life of Jodeph Kennedy with his book. Tracing Kennedy's life totally it shows exactly how one man helped to describe the turbulent times of the 20th century with his accomplishments. A must read volume for anyone interested in the subject.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well researched and described in great detail what he did. It seems to lack some context, however. For example, were there other "self made fortunes" being accumulated or produced at the same time as he was genetating his? What were those "investor" like? Was the Kennedy family wealth like the Rockefellers? How did hi treat his employees? Need more detail on the why of his relationship to FDR. It was a good biography but could have been a great one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did'nt want this book to end. Yet, knowing the final outcome, alas,it would have to. Highly recommended to anyone who loves history. Also,if you are interested in historical families of America,the Kennedys belong on that list of "must reads." EXCELLENT! Thank you, David Nasaw
steve2012 More than 1 year ago
As a Kennedy fan who has read many books in regard to the Kennedys' this book was one of the best that I have read. It held my attention and I learned about many aspects of Joseph Kennedy life that I was unaware of. This is well worth the time reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to readers who enjoy Kennedy family history. The author clarifies some of the well-known rumors and gossip associated with Joseph Kennedy including the "fact" of his being a bootlegger and the interesting details of his relationship with Gloria Swanson. Well-researched and easy to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Long at almost 1000 pages but excellent bio with the advantage of covering a dynasty which has been integral to the history of US.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well documented biography of a very private individual who certainly knew how to get things done. Despite his political mistakes in supporting keeping the United States out of the II World War the book helps us understand a very complex and generous man who was very loyal to his friends and family and did a great service to the country .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intelligent, well researched. Sheds light on a public figure who has frequently been demonized. Enjoyable and believable.
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THE BASIC THEME OF DESCRIBING HIS DRIVE TO SUCCEED WAS CLEARLY PASSED ON TO HIS CHILDREN. UNFORTUNATELY SUCCESS DOES NOT ALWAYS BRING SATISFACTION.
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