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  1. says:

    I enjoyed listening to this through to the end It kept my attention and gives an in depth portrait of Joseph P Kennedy s personality, which is what I am looking for in a biography Knowing that David Nasaw was given access to material from the Kennedy family not previously made accessible to other biographers, one cannot help but wonder if that presented would prove to be one sided I would not classify this as a hagiography Way too many mistakes, faults and negative attributes are openly revealed to classify it as such Yet often the facts are presented from Joseph s perspective Conflicting views on his ties with organized crime and bootlegging are only briefly discussed and then discounted I would have appreciated further analysis of opposing views to get to the underlying truth This is a long book with its 868 pages, the audiobook 31 hours in length, but I found it neither biased nor dry nor cluttered with unnecessary facts The written book is footnoted and has an extensive bibliography and index The book starts with Joseph s paternal grandfather s immigration from Ireland in 1849 This and Joseph s youth is covered quickly We are told that source material is scanty We follow Joseph through his schooling, his marriage, birth of his nine children and his career steps in the film industry, in banking, in securities and real estate trading, then his employment by the government as Chairman of the Security and Exchange Commission during the Depression, Chairman of the Maritime Commission as the Second World War approached and finally Ambassador to Britain during the Second World War Always his Irish Roman Catholic heritage, his business acumen and talent for spotting profitable investments shaped his views, choices and actions He was a hands on, I ll fix it guy , who spoke openly, bluntly, often with disregard for negative consequences Of course it was both his wealth and social standing that allowed him such independence As an ambassador, he really didn t fit, his blunt outspoken manner being scarcely diplomatic Watching how Roosevelt treated his ambassador will make you cringe, and why Roosevelt kept him there is terribly revealing.The telling moves forward chronologically, flipping between focus on family issues, religion, politics, finance and business Coming to understand what motivated the man, one comes to understand his choices, even those that first seem so wrong Yeah, he was friends with Joe McCarthy He too was of Irish descent and Roman Catholic The good is mixed with the bad This is particularly applicable in Joseph s relations to his wife and children He was tied to his family, to his kids and to the family s good name His own career accomplished, he focused on what he could do for his kids The extent to which he helped them is quite extraordinary He was loving and caring.but very often not home The relationship between Joseph and his wife Rose is perhaps the hardest to understand He was clearly a skirt chaser This is not swept under the mat Actress Gloria Swanson and Clare Boothe Luce, wife of Henry Luce who launched and supervised the magazines Time, Life and Fortune, are two of the several named Joseph s wife, she was no better, year after year vacationing alone for extended periods of time Jobs were split between husband and wife, little shared or discussed This poor family They may have had money, power and status, but the kids health problems abound, two assassinations in one family, the eldest son killed in the war, a daughter killed in a plane crash, not to mention the fate of the eldest daughter Rosemary No, nothing to envy Emotionally, the reader cannot help but empathize The book ends when Joseph dies, nine years after a stroke which left him unable to walk or speak There is no epilog that follows the life of the Kennedy children after his death There is no detailed discussion of the assassinations Rosemary s problems are not shied from, but additional information is to be found in Rosemary The Hidden Kennedy Daughter One cannot help but admire a man who from such humble origins became so immensely wealthy, politically powerful and influential Presidents, popes, actors and journalists came to be his close friends I admire his outspoken manner Of course it was at least partially his wealth and financial standing which allowed him to so freely speak his mind.The audiobook is narrated by Malcolm Hillgartner He uses a distinct East Coast dialect for all Kennedy quotes, and there are many from diaries, letters and speeches The quotes, hearing exactly what Joseph said and how he expressed himself, reveal much about his character In the beginning I found the intonation annoying, but it does make it easy to follow conversations because you know who is saying what However, the same inflection was used for all the Kennedys I liked the narration a lot It was easy to follow.All in all a very good book I very much enjoyed listening to this, and so it gets four stars regardless of the error mentioned and even if deeper analysis of disputed information could have been explored I am still reading this, even after the blooper mentioned below in chapter three I am very much enjoying it Very interesting and not hard to follow How do you feel when you are reading a non fiction book and right smack in the beginning a big blooper is made In chapter three we are told the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria took place in Serbia An error such as this shouldn t occur if it is just a silly mistake, a typing error or something, it should have been corrected by the editor What am I supposed to do now How do I stop worrying about there being other mistakes How can I learn if I don t trust what I am being told The beginning is very rapid By the end of the third chapter the immigration of his Irish grandfather, the career of his father up to the beginning of WW1 and Joseph s early years at Boston Latin, followed by Harvard where he squeaked through, and now his presidency of the bank Colombia Trust are recorded Even his marriage to Rose Fitzgerald in 1914 too I wish the book had been clearer in explaining how he managed to get accepted into Harvard with such lousy grades Was it on the basis of his ability in sports If it was a result of personal connections it should have been clearly stated as such This is a long book Why are we zipping through years at such a clip


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    The Patriarch has received glowing reviews in the New York Times and elsewhere It s been praised for humanizing Joe Kennedy as a driven, up from nowhere Irish American and as a devoted father, brilliant investor, and peerless political kingmaker This 868 page book is thoroughly documented and has a huge bibliography and index But for all of its scholarly trappings, the book is the work of a hagiographer than a biographer Why Because Nasaw s deeper intent, I think, is not to humanize Kennedy, but to sanitize him to launder parts of the historical record that reflect poorly on Joe Several months ago I chanced upon a Chicago Public Television interview in which Nasaw glibly dismisses the myth of Joe Kennedy s bootlegging at 2 40 of the video at His dismissal annoyed me, for I d just finished Burton Hersh s Bobby and J Edgar 2007 , a sobering 600 page book that is shot through with evidence of Joe Kennedy s pathological womanizing and his constant dealings, both social and professional, with Mob leaders from coast to coast who supplied him with among other things women.Burton Hersh is a historian whom David Nasaw should not ignore Harvard educated and himself a Kennedy family intimate, Hersh is regarded as the biographer of record of Ted Kennedy I had turned to Bobby and J Edgar after reading Hersh s The Old Boys, an exquisitely detailed history of the origins of the CIA Historians Arthur Schlesinger Jr and Doris Kearns Goodwin, both close to the Kennedy family, have praised it highly.Like Nasaw, Hersh had full access to Joe Kennedy s papers and to the voluminous FBI files on the Kennedys maintained by J Edger Hoover materials to which Nasaw claims erroneously that he had sole access.After 150 pages centered mostly on Joe Kennedy, Bobby and J Edgar zeroes in on the intense hostility that developed between its two title figures This hostility was rooted in Hoover s self servingly soft approach to organized crime and in Bobby s ferociously single minded campaign as Attorney General to destroy organized crime in America a mission fueled and frustrated by his gradual and horrific discovery of the depth of his father s Mob ties Joe used these ties to advance Jack s and Bobby s political fortunes even as Bobby was working feverishly to do away with the Mob.Curious about Nasaw s sanitized account of Joe Kennedy on Chicago Public TV, I got a copy of The Patriarch I wanted to see how it responds to the findings of Hersh and the other writers who have documented Joe Kennedy s Mob ties, including Gus Russo, Ron Kessler, Gore Vidal and James Douglass Nasaw mentions none of them in his text, his index or his bibliography.How, then, does Nasaw deal with these ties Speaking like a fastidious academic, he describes a research strategy that involved his meticulous review of all primary and secondary sources on Joe Kennedy, taking nothing for granted, dissecting every tale and rumor and discarding anecdotal second and thirdhand observations that I could not substantiate xxiv This entitles him to claim that most of the stories about bootlegging originated in unsubstantiated, usually off the cuff remarks made by Meyer Lansky, Frank Costello, Joe Bonanno and other Mob figures not particularly known for their truth telling 80 Academics, like magicians, know sleight of hand With this one sentence, Nasaw conceals the elaborate, nationwide network of organized crime ties that J Edgar Hoover s Joe Kennedy file, in Hersh s account, confirms enabled Joe to realize his soaring ambitions for himself and his sons.Will the American people have access to that file In Bobby and J Edgar, Hersh goes further He advances evidence to show that the JFK and RFK assassinations were likely triggered by Mob outrage Santo Trafficante, Carlos Marcello, Sam Giancana, the Los Angeles Mob at Bobby s drive to root out organized crime In this theory, other government agencies, the FBI and CIA included, were likely involved as well The Patriarch, by contrast, mentions JFK s assassination only in passing, as the source of Joe Kennedy s grief shortly before his death Nasaw writes that he was approached by the Kennedy family to write about Joe Hersh, himself a Kennedy family intimate, says of Bobby and J Edgar in the book s Foreword that if honestly done, it was likely to scorch out sources and friends whom I have cherished since the middle sixties Where Hersh took a conscious risk, Nasaw plays it safe, and his Patriarch suffers for that reason.


  3. says:

    The Patriarch The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P Kennedy was a well researched biography by David Nasaw and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 Nasaw had been approached by Senator Edward Kennedy, on behalf of the Kennedy family, to write the story of the life of the family patriarch, Joseph P Kennedy He was given complete and unfettered access to all of his personal papers that were kept at the John F Kennedy Presidential Library, as well as extensive interviews with all of the Kennedy family, friends, employees and business associates It truly holds one s interest as it explores the Kennedy family roots from Ireland to Boston and beyond in this multigenerational saga through some of the most pivotal times in history, including the crash of the stock market in 1929, the depression and World Wars I and II, as well as the cold war and the rise of McCarthyism While this is a story of personal triumph and of an American political dynasty, it is also a tale of the personal and devastating losses of Joseph P Kennedy Nasaw does an admirable job in acknowledging all of the controversy in Kennedy s life, while attempting to get at the truth Had Joseph P Kennedy not been the patriarch of America s first family, his story would be worth telling That he was only adds to its drama and historical significance His primary goal, as a younger man, was to make so much money that his children would not have to make any and could devote their lives to public service He accomplished that much before he was forty The Kennedy children would complete the journey from Dunganstown, Ireland, to East Boston to the pinnacle of political power and social prominence that their father had begun This is the story of an outsider who forced his way into the halls of power and became both a witness and participant to the major events of the past century booms, busts, wars and cold war, and the birth of a new frontier


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    Review the book, not the subject Review the book, not the subject Just keep repeating that to yourself David Nasaw has written a good book about a man who is hard to admire The Kennedy family provided Nasaw with access to sources that previously were unavailable to biographers if the expected him to write a hagiography, they must be disappointed Nasaw pretty much refrains from making judgments about Joseph Kennedy When Nasaw edges toward the moral bar, and can t provide any but the darkest motivation, he takes a few steps back, takes a deep breath, and lets the reader decide It s clear that Nasaw never developed any great affection for his subject, but had no stomach for condemnation This is both a strength and a weakness of the book To his credit, Nasaw s these are the facts, you decide approach gives his account great credibility the reader never feels that the author is dragging one to a conclusion But the problems are that this sometimes drains the color from a portrait that screams for the palette of a Fauvist, and that the reader sometimes can almost feel Nasaw s frustration Kennedy s rise from privilege to great riches is narrated with a minimum of arcane business terminology, making it understandable to those of us lacking MBAs His involvement in his son s political career is described fully But the doorgreatest detail in the book is found in the lengthy section on his career as a diplomat to the Court of St James Here Nasaw goes far afield to give the reader all the information needed to understand Kennedy s dramatic failures and stunningly corrosive pessimism I kept saying, What He did what Nasaw s explanation for why Roosevelt refused to recall him until after the 1940 election is unedifying, to say the least Of course, anyone who picks up this book wants answers to these questions How could a father have treated Rosemary the way Joseph did How did Joe reconcile his Catholicism and his philandering Nasaw evades neither question and lays out what information there is that suggests answers, but neither question gets an answer that is richly satisfying I don t blame the author, it s not his failure Some doors to some parts of the soul remain locked, possibly forever Writing a biography about someone the author clearly doesn t like much had to be difficult In the face of this, Nasaw does an admirable job This may stand as the definitive account of the life of Joseph P Kennedy.


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    This is a thorough biography of a truly remarkable man who, with his family, provides us with a grand view of the American century Aside from the Roosevelt s Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor I can think of no other family that has become so iconic and significant to U.S history It is a story of both high triumph and devastating tragedy.Joseph P Kennedy came from an upper middle class background, which he attempted concealing, perpetuating a myth that his roots were humble He made his millions from investments and stock exchange transactions Patrick Kennedy was an extremely astute businessman he could manage, multi task and carry on several deals simultaneously all of them piling up money An example of his shrewdness was that he maintained his fortune when the Great Depression hit The author also points out that Kennedy never made money from boot legging liquor during prohibition.Patrick Kennedy latched onto the Roosevelt band wagon he recognized a winner when he saw one Roosevelt appointed him to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission that regulates the stock market Kennedy thrived at this because he knew the tricks of the trade and actually passed regulations that would have prohibited his past transactions by this time his fortune was made Kennedy seems to have made a transition from acquiring money to acquiring power.Roosevelt, in a rather disastrous move, appointed Kennedy as ambassador to England Perhaps one reason for this was Kennedy s growing Presidential aspirations so better to locate him a few thousand miles away Whereas Kennedy excelled in the business world he never comprehended what it took to be a good politician He could never keep his big mouth shut He was not only for appeasement with Germany and Italy, but repeatedly urged France and England to meekly surrender to Germany After the war started this strikes one as not only defeatist, but traitorous Roosevelt, much to Kennedy s anger, started to circumvent his ambassador in communicating to England For instance, among other methods, he started a secret correspondence with Churchill at the time that he was Naval Minister, under Chamberlain, at war s onset Perhaps it was the length of the book at close to 800 pages , but I started to find Kennedy a bit of a jerk a prima donna, he had a Cassandra complex the world was never getting better according to Kennedy , he was simply not a listener a requirement for an ambassador I would think He wanted to be called Mr Ambassador for the rest of his life even though he left the post in disgrace He gave to charities, but for the most part these had a Catholic angle Aside from the plight of Irish Catholics, he never cared much for any of the destitute and downtrodden in his own country He liked and supported Senator Joe McCarthy partly because he too was a Catholic This was strange because I don t see how McCarthy s virulent anti communism could tie in with Kennedy s extreme isolationism.At times I found the author too fawning on his subject, but he does provide enough details to allow us our own evaluations Even though the author states that Kennedy was a good father he was absent much of the time I found the relationship between Kennedy and his wife, Rose, an enigma he was covertly and not so covertly carrying on relationships with several women like the actress Gloria Swanson and Clare Booth Luce wife of Time Life editor Henry Luce Rose just seemed to take this all in stride like she was wearing blinkers constantly referring to her husband in the most glowing of terms.This book is well written with short and well structured chapters The Kennedy s are a vibrant and lively bunch but ultimately sad and harrowing.Page xxiii my book The Kennedy children would complete the journey from Dunganstown, Ireland to East Boston to the pinnacle of American political power and social prominence that their father had begun He would glory in their political and personal triumphs But the sorrows he endured as father were as intense as the joys.


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    Nasaw s The Patriarch The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P Kennedy was published in 2012 and was a Pulitzer Prize nominee in 2013 Nasaw is an author and a professor of American history at City University of New York Among his most widely read books are biographies of William Randolph Hearst and Andrew Carnegie which was a 2007 Pulitzer Prize nominee.Nasaw began this authorized biography after Kennedy s two youngest children Jean and Edward approached him to assess his interest in the project Once he was assured unrestricted access to Kennedy s papers and complete editorial control he spent six years researching his subject s life documenting his personal and professional lives and investigating a variety of alleged misdeeds.It is unusual for a biography to captivate me with increasing intensity as it progresses particularly a lengthy one covering someone with whom I am already quite familiar In this case, the dozen biographies of JFK I read two years ago furnished me with a colorful introduction to the famously ambitious and deeply flawed Joseph P Kennedy Yet I found Nasaw s early chapters surprisingly mild and unremarkable while later chapters proved increasingly compelling, insightful and captivating.With 787 pages of text, The Patriarch is extraordinarily comprehensive and reasonably detailed especially relating to conversations involving Kennedy But while Nasaw s writing style lacks the fluidity and literary elegance of some biographers, his narrative is uncommonly easy to read and is never exhausting or tedious And on the strength of his research he is able to meticulously reconstruct much of Kennedy s life particularly during his adulthood.The book s Introduction is brief but potent and almost as good as introductory pages can be The chapters describing Kennedy s early days as the first chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission and his waning days as Ambassador to the UK are unusually interesting But the revealing coverage of Joseph Kennedy s relationship with FDR may be the book s single greatest gift to its audience.And yet this biography often seems a record of Kennedy s daily movements and conversations than an analysis of how he shaped and responded to events The reader will eventually feel as though he or she is reading a well crafted intelligence dossier rather than re living Joe Kennedy s life through his own eyes The narrative describes what he did far than why.Nasaw also fails to provide meaningful introductions to even the most important supporting characters Honey Fitz Kennedy s famously effervescent father in law is the first to receive short shrift but the list also includes Eddie Moore Kennedy s chief lieutenant and apparent best friend , Arthur Krock a journalist whose assistance was so invaluable it begs for explanation and even Kennedy s wife Nasaw curiously chooses to leave them bland and two dimensional.Finally readers will not be surprised to find the author adept at seeing the silver lining around every Kennedy generated cloud While Nasaw rarely fails to point out his subject s numerous flaws and moral failings, he often soft pedals them somewhat in the spirit of Kennedy just being Kennedy or excuses bad acts altogether on technical grounds.Overall, David Nasaw s The Patriarch is a well researched and fluently written biography of an extraordinarily interesting man who was professionally productive, personally petulant and perennially promiscuous Joseph P Kennedy s life is rich ground for a biographer and Nasaw covers his subject capably But while this biography is satisfying in nearly every regard, it could have been exceptional.Overall rating 3 stars


  7. says:

    Exhaustively footnoted and thoroughly researched, this is an excellent biography albeit way, WAY longer than I had wished Nasaw got wonderful cooperation from the Kennedy family in compiling this book, which in turn gave him entree to friends associates with whom he had extraordinary access However, it certainly did not at all color his detached and independent portrayal of his subject This biography busts many long time myths about Kennedy i.e while he certainly invested in legal liquor production, he was NOT a bootlegger It also does not present Joseph Kennedy in any particular light that s good, bad, or indifferent Rather, Mr Nasaw chronicles his life through his public speeches, interviews, private letters, etc I ended up not liking Joseph Kennedy very much when I finally finished However, I did find his life, and certainly his family, to be utterly fascinating After reading two very long non fiction biographies, I am ready for a good fiction story now


  8. says:

    Excellent Nasaw doesn t deal in flowery language or hyperbole, he simply lays out the chronology of a fascinating life, smart enough to know that his subject is compelling enough to not need any stylistic bells or whistles He dismisses some of the myths surrounding Kennedy the rumors of bootlegging, for one while confirming that he was also an unrepentant anti Semite, philanderer, and borderline conspiracy theorist Most intriguingly, he expounds on the dichotomies of Kennedy s family life how a devoted father could authorize a lobotomy on his eldest daughter, how a man vested in his Catholic faith could have numerous affairs, and so on A great political biography, but an even greater portrait of a tough, maddening, often vile man who nonetheless singlehandedly created this country s greatest political dynasty.


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    Like Charles Lindbergh and Henry Ford, Joseph Kennedy favored the United States remaining neutral in the second World War What many modern Americans don t know is that prior to December 7th, 1941, a majority of Americans agreed with them It took a great deal of economic and political arm twisting, as well as the manipulation of the Japanese and the sacrifice of thousands of American lives, in order to get the U.S to save Communism in Europe.


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    A giant doorstop Father s Day present biography like this one is hard to do well all the way through, because nobody s life is inherently compelling the whole way through Nasaw finds the intricacies of JPK s early business deals a little too fascinating, for example, whereas it seems to me that they re only interesting to the degree that they display Kennedy s character I was interested in Kennedy s decision to leave the Protestant dominated world of Boston finance for Hollywood, where he immediately advertised his Americanism vis a vis the immigrant Jewish owners of other studios and sold himself as basically the only Christian in show business.The book peaks when Nasaw is discussing Kennedy s infamous term as Ambassador to Britain from 1938 to 1941 Kennedy s relentless defeatism and sympathy for Fascism makes him an entertaining protagonist for the well known story of Munich, the rise of Churchill and the Battle of Britain.Kennedy was appointed by Roosevelt to stand apart from the British establishment, but he could not resist being included in a club as exclusive as the British nobility He also saw the world from the provincial lens of an American businessman, and became convinced that Nazi aggression was caused primarily by the lack of economic growth in America Lack of economic growth, meanwhile, was apparently caused by the failings of democracy, which is why Kennedy told Roosevelt on several occasions that a form of fascism would soon be necessary to prevent the American economy from ruin The result is that Kennedy embraced the appeasement strategy thoroughly than Chamberlain and Halifax, and often broke diplomatic protocols in doing so When Halifax thought that an American guarantee of Czech independence would help negotiations with Hitler, Kennedy gave every indication that there was such a thing when he had basically made it up Even after Chamberlain had concluded that war was necessary, Kennedy was scheming for America to undertake economic appeasement to cure the shortages of raw materials that he believed were causing Hitler s aggression.Kennedy s defeatism became so rampant that the British government quietly gathered a file on him in order that they might request his recall His unceasing pessimism gives the account of the Battle of Britain a darkly comic undertone Although Germany did not invade as threatened, this did not shake his conviction that the war was a folly the lack of a Nazi invasion only ensured that Britain would suffer a longer and painful disintegration No Britain s finest hour for him, certainly.Kennedy could not see why anybody would seek out war with Germany, unless they were Jewish, or deceived by a vast Jewish conspiracy Interestingly, this led Kennedy to undertake considerable efforts on behalf of Jewish emigration from Germany, the better to buy off opponents of appeasement As war came over Kennedy s objections, he descended further and further into anti Semitic conspiracy theories, and as late as 1960 would be fuming that his own Catholic Church wasn t as ruthlessly efficient a lobby as the Jews Outside of Kennedy s brief stint as Washington insider which lasted for less than ten years, from his endorsement of FDR in 1932 to his political exile shortly before WWII began , there isn t a lot in JPK s life that s quite so interesting Kennedy made a tacit quid pro quo with Senator McCarthy in the 1950s, cultivating his friendship and ensuring that McCarthy left Jack Kennedy alone for his first Senate campaign He slept with any number of women, and was occasionally a first rate cad to Gloria Swanson in particular and he was a controlling, emotionally reticent father But he was never at the center of events like that again, even as Jack Kennedy s father, and as a result Nasaw s narrative can drag in the final chapters I m definitely glad that I read this, but it could have been pruned towards the end and I would have liked it better.


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The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy download The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy, read online The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy, kindle ebook The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy, The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy 511a832d79bb 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 Relationship With His Wife, Rose 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 The FBI Did He Push His Second Son Into Politics And Then Buy His Elections For Him In This Pioneering Biography, Nasaw Draws On Never Before Published Materials From Archives On Three Continents And Interviews With Kennedy Family Members And Friends To Tell The Life Story Of A Man Who Participated In The Major Events Of His Times The Booms And Busts, The Depression And The New Deal, Two World Wars And A Cold War, And The Birth Of The New Frontier In Studying Kennedy S Life, We Relive With Him The History Of The American CenturyPulitzer Prize Finalist New York Times Ten Best Books Of