"Fine and Hauntingly detailed, evoking the image of a man whose most stunning characteristic was the naked and sustained force of his want.... What makes the story so great is simply that Joseph Kennedy is a great literary character, a character in the oldest tradition, a flawed figure on a grand stage, moving toward his destiny unaware of his flaws. It is precisely because Mr. Whalen recognizes Kennedy as a literary character that this book is so brilliantly memorable." -- Joan Didion, National Review
"I think it is one of the great modern biographies. It stands with The Making of the President
by Theodore White, head and shoulders above all the literature that has been written about the Kennedy Family." -- Iain Macleod, The Spectator, London
About the Author
Richard J. Whalen is chairman and editorial director of the Washington-based research firm, Worldwide Information Resources, Ltd. He is a former editorial writer for The Wall Street Journal and a member of the board of editors of Fortune. Among his published books are The Founding Father: The Story "of Joseph P. Kennedy, A City Destroying Itself; An "Angry View "of New "York City, Catch the Falling Flag: "A "Republican's Challenge to His Party, and Talcing Sides: America from Kennedy to Nixon to Kennedy.