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

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    2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist
    New York Times Ten Best Books of 2012


    ?Riveting?The Patriarch is a book hard to put down. ? Christopher Buckley, The New York Times Book Review

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2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist
New York Times Ten Best Books of 2012


?Riveting?The Patriarch is a book hard to put down. ? Christopher Buckley, The New York Times Book Review

In this magisterial new work The Patriarch, the celebrated historian David Nasaw tells the full story of Joseph P. Kennedy, the founder of the twentieth century's most famous political dynasty. Nasaw?the only biographer granted unrestricted access to the Joseph P. Kennedy papers in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library?tracks Kennedy's astonishing passage from East Boston outsider to supreme Washington insider. Kennedy's seemingly limitless ambition drove his career to the pinnacles of success as a banker, World War I shipyard manager, Hollywood studio head, broker, Wall Street operator, New Deal presidential adviser, and founding chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. His astounding fall from grace into ignominy did not come until the years leading up to and following America's entry into the Second World War, when the antiwar position he took as the first Irish American ambassador to London made him the subject of White House ire and popular distaste.

The Patriarch is a story not only of one of the twentieth century's wealthiest and most powerful Americans, but also of the family he raised and the children who completed the journey he had begun. Of the many roles Kennedy held, that of father was most dear to him. The tragedies that befell his family marked his final years with unspeakable suffering.

The Patriarch looks beyond the popularly held portrait of Kennedy to answer the many questions about his life, times, and legacy that have continued to haunt the historical record. Was Joseph P. Kennedy an appeaser and isolationist, an anti-Semite and a Nazi sympathizer, a stock swindler, a bootlegger, and a colleague of mobsters? What was the nature of his relati...

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

Author:
Nasaw, David
Genre:
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
Audience:
College/higher education
Format:
Hardcover
Pages:
868
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Pr
Publish Date:
11/13/2012
Copyright Year:
2012
ISBN:
9781594203763
Height:
10.0 in
Wdth:
7.0 in
Thickness:
2.0 in
Unit weight:
2.86 lb
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