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The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life And Turbulent Times Of Joseph P. Kennedy (2012)

by David Nasaw(Favorite Author)
4.02 of 5 Votes: 5
1594203768 (ISBN13: 9781594203763)
The Penguin Press
review 1: Joseph Kennedy was so many things -- average (poor?) college student, exceptionally successful banker/stockbroker/movie producer/real estate mogul, bad husband, worse diplomat, loyal friend and loving father. (But not a bootlegger, one of the myths this book debunks.) Nasaw really climbs deep into Kennedy's life and illuminates and explains the breathtakingly eventful life of a true American original. Now that I'm done, I kinda miss old Joe. After reading this balanced portrait, I concluded he was like the girl in that old nursery rhyme -- when he was good, he was very very good, and when he was bad he was horrid.
review 2: Kennedy was a tough man when it came to raising his sons. There are many debates about his role as a father. This book not only touches tho
... morese issues but also shows a soft side of his, his loving fatherly side. Then again for a man who had become the youngest millionaire in the 1920s could afford his children to have the best and have all the opportunities they deserved. The world would be different if JPK did not push his nine children. less
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Well done biography of a complex but engaging man and the family he raised.
Very good account of Joe's life, a long read though.
A bit tedious in places but a fascinating life.
Impressive, thorough scholarship.
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