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Joseph P. Kennedy: a life and times Hardcover – January 1, 1974

ISBN-13: 978-0135111543 ISBN-10: 0135111544

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  • Hardcover: 643 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice-Hall (1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0135111544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0135111543
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,444,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ivan on August 19, 2010
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This book spends most of it energy and time discussing Joe Kennedy's role in the New Deal government of FDR. To read this a reader would think Joe had a major role, which I never knew, and I have read a lot about FDR. He may have been a trouble shooter for FDR fixing his Securities and Exchange Commission, and doing various other jobs for FDR, culminating in being becoming Ambassador to England. The book barely discusses Joe's aspirations of being the President of the United States, but does go into some detail of the falling out between FDR and Joe, and the end of his usefullness to FDR. Kennedy's opinions ultimately destroyed his hopes to be the president. He held favorable views of Hitler and Nazi Germany, and nothing but negative opinions about England. It also hurt him that he was a show boat, and frequently shot his mouth off, as if being wealthy makes his opinions more valuable.

The book also spends some explaining his relationships. The author implies Joe was faithful and trustworthy husband, and his behaviors of being seen eating dinner with beautiful unmarried women served some other unknown purpose. Joe took a deep interest in his children development, and lavished them with trips and opportunities for personal growth. The relationship with his boys is subject the author dives deeply into, especially their political careers. The author makes the claim the Kennedy clan bought elections.

The book really did gloss over and barely discussed just how the Kennedy fortune was made, which was disappointing to me. I did get the feeling he was shrewd, and followed the lead of Robber Barrons. Joe just had the golden touch according to the author. He was a master manipulator of stocks, and a real estate guru. The author avoids the disclosing the real dirt or Joe's Robber Barron status. The book does not mention Joe Kennedy's illegal businesses, at all.

Over all...I think this book is Kennedy friendly.
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