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The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy | [David Nasaw]

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

Joseph Patrick Kennedy - whose life spanned the First World War, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, the Second World War, and the Cold War - was the patriarch of America’s greatest political dynasty. The father of President John F. Kennedy and Senators Robert and Edward Kennedy, 'Joe' Kennedy was an indomitable and elusive figure whose dreams of advancement for his nine children were matched only by his extraordinary personal ambition and shrewd financial skills.
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Publisher's Summary

Celebrated historian David Nasaw brings to life the story of Joseph Patrick Kennedy, in this, the first and only biography based on unrestricted and exclusive access to the Joseph P. Kennedy papers.

Joseph Patrick Kennedy - whose life spanned the First World War, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, the Second World War, and the Cold War - was the patriarch of America’s greatest political dynasty. The father of President John F. Kennedy and Senators Robert and Edward Kennedy, 'Joe' Kennedy was an indomitable and elusive figure whose dreams of advancement for his nine children were matched only by his extraordinary personal ambition and shrewd financial skills. Trained as a banker, Kennedy was also a Hollywood mogul, a stock-exchange savant, a shipyard manager, the founding chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and ambassador to London during the Battle of Britain. Though his incredible life encompasses the very heart of the American century, Joseph Kennedy has remained shrouded in rumor and prejudice for decades.

Drawing on never-before-published material from archives on three continents, David Nasaw - the renowned biographer of Andrew Carnegie and William Randolph Hearst - unearths a man far more complicated than the popular portrait. Was Kennedy an appeaser and isolationist, an anti-Semite and Nazi sympathizer, a stock swindler, a bootlegger, and a colleague of mobsters? Did he push his second son into politics and then buy his elections for him? 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 his FBI? How did he influence his son’s politics and policies in the White House?

In this groundbreaking biography, Nasaw ignores the tired old answers surrounding Kennedy, starting from scratch to discover the truth behind this misunderstood man.

Though far from a saint, Joseph Kennedy in many ways exemplifies the best in American political, economic, and social life. His rags-to-riches story is one of exclusion and quiet discrimination overcome by entrepreneurship, ingenuity, and unshakable endurance. Kennedy’s story deserves to be told in full, with no holds barred, and Nasaw’s magnificent The Patriarch is the first book to do so.

©2012 David Nasaw (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    Janice United States 02-04-13
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It wasn't always that interesting, so some of my time was well-spent other times I just started day dreaming because it didn't hold my interest.


    Has The Patriarch turned you off from other books in this genre?

    somewhat


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Hillgartner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not listened to him before.


    Was The Patriarch worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    If there's an abridged version, go for that.

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    If you could sum up The Patriarch in three words, what would they be?

    great story of a man with great highs and lows in his life


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Patriarch?

    The death of Joe Jr


    Which character – as performed by Malcolm Hillgartner – was your favorite?

    The subject


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    The Man behind the myth


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    The reader was excellenT

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    "A true modern tragedy. Fascinating to listen to."
    What made the experience of listening to The Patriarch the most enjoyable?

    Understanding more about lives that are part of our common history


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rose.


    What about Malcolm Hillgartner’s performance did you like?

    Clear to listen to with that wonderful Boston inflection. He made the experience feel personal.


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    A true American tragedy.


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    Roberta HALF MOON BAY, CA, United States 01-02-13
    Roberta HALF MOON BAY, CA, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Very well done, but a bit slow at times"

    I have always been interested in the Kennedys and found this book to be fascinating, however the author goes into so much detail that at times I found myself skipping a few parts. I'm also interested in history, so believe me, it had to be a LOT of detail to turn me off a bit.

    Otherwise extremely well done, I'd recommend it to my friends.

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    Ryan San Francisco, CA, United States 12-20-12
    Ryan San Francisco, CA, United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Entertaining and well worth the listen"
    Where does The Patriarch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank it right near the top with Steve Jobs Biography.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Patriarch?

    The entire portion of the book related to the beginning of World War II when Joe Kennedy was Ambassador to England.


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Hillgartner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nothing extreme, but a very satisfied listening experience.


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    No

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    Douglas Cohen NY, NY USA 12-15-12
    Douglas Cohen NY, NY USA 12-15-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Unvarnished Biography and a Peek into Our History"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because this book tells a compelling story. The truth about Joseph P. Kennedy may not be as scandalous as the myths that abound, but this honest appraisal of the man is even more engaging because we learn not only of this one person but also share his views and insights into the world of the early and middle 20th century.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Patriarch?

    The section dealing with Kennedy's venture into motion pictures. i would venture that very few people today appreciate Kennedy's importance as a movie mogul and how his influence was the catalyst that turned Hollywood into a modern motion picture industry.


    What about Malcolm Hillgartner’s performance did you like?

    He reads well and keeps the attention of the listener. He is excellent at changing his accent to approximate the voice of the speaker when reading quotations.


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    Elizabeth72 11-24-12
    Elizabeth72 11-24-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A "Must Read" for Irish Americans"

    A very well researched page-turner, with lots of fascinating details about Joseph Kennedy and the world in which he lived. I enjoyed it immensely.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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