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It's easy to understand why Kennedy had problems with others. The grandson of an immigrant to Boston who had fled the Irish potato famine, Kennedy grew up in a City where Protestants - all those Cabots, Lodges and Saltonstalls - occupied the upper reaches during a time when it was considered an oddity for a Catholic to attend Harvard or work at one of the major, downtown banks. Kennedy was reared as an outsider and no matter how successful he became, it was a sensibility he never shook off.
David Nasaw's stupendous 868 page life of Kennedy - `The Patriarch, The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy' - is a large portrait mixed from a palette of original research which dispatches some of the myths about its subject while retaining a calm and dispassionate air. Nasaw convincingly dispels the ugliest of the rumors, accusations and innuendo that have sullied Kennedy's reputation. He finds no evidence that the father of a President, an Attorney General and a Senator - not to mention the progenitor of any number of familial tragedies, scandals and calamities - was a bootlegger or swindler.Read more ›
Nasaw spends a lot of time presenting Kennedy in his early and mid years up to when he had to resign as ambassador to the UK on October 22, 1940. His last 29 years were covered in only 120 pages, and most of that centered on the political careers of his three sons. But those years were at least as important to modern Americans as his career up to 1940.
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There were some major issues during that period that Nasaw chose not to cover. One is the ongoing love/hate relationship between the Kennedy clan and J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover's name comes up only a half dozen times, and each of those is about a minor event. There's no doubt that Hoover's obsession with surveilling the Kennedys and his accumulation of secret files on the Kennedys were major considerations to the Kennedy family, and the facts that have come to light have important implications about the Kennedy boys and the father. But Nasaw discusses none of this.
A major example of this is Nasaw's neglect of Sam Giancana, a Mafia godfather in Chicago. The FBI and others maintain that Joseph Kennedy met with Giancana in Chicago and New York during the 1960 campaign to arrange a deal to deliver Chicago to the Kennedy ticket. Chicago did in fact vote for Kennedy, which seems like a miracle in light of how the Kennedy brothers had relentlessly attacked mob leaders in the McClellan Committee hearings.Read more ›
The author was pursued by the Kennedy family over a decade ago to write the biography of the family's patriarch and he refused - he does not write authorized biographies. Only after much negotiation would he acquiesce - and only with the conditions that nothing could be redacted or blocked and that he would have access to ALL of family's archives. He was also able to interview several family members that have since died: Senator Kennedy, Eunice and Sargent Shriver, Patricia Lawford, etc. This makes for an exciting book - one in which the author has unlimited access to resources and can use all of them.
The Patriarch begins in Ireland with Kennedy's grandfather deciding to depart for the United States - he is not escaping the famine but rather the economic downturn that accompanied it. He was a realist that knew - since he was not the first-born son - he would not inherit land: this meant a great life could only be found someplace far away.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Powerful, detailed book about a real rat. Loved his family and children but couldn't keep his pants zipped up. Enjoyed the story of his struggle to become the head of a dynasty.Published 2 months ago by Robert M. Esch
I absolutely loved it. I now understand why Mr Kennedy was against comitting to the Allies all during WW11. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Linda Savage
Loved this. A great read about the Kennedy clan and the people surrounding it at the time of Joe Kennedy.Published 4 months ago by Susan Pildes
The book is outstanding; the recording could be better. The reader tries to distinguish characters by using different voices and accents, but he's not very good at accents. Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. Bryant
The author does a pretty good job of showing the complexities, his strengths and weaknesses of Mr Kennedy and his family. Read morePublished 5 months ago by David J. Corsi
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