Joseph Patrick Kennedy—whose life spanned the First World War, the Roaring 20’s, 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 SEC, 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. Granted unprecedented access to exclusive family archives, and drawing on never-before-published material, celebrated historian David Nasaw ignores the tired old answers surrounding Kennedy, and starts from scratch to discover the truth behind this complicated and sometimes misunderstood man.
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