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*Includes pictures *Profiles all the major members of the political dynasty This lavishly illustrated publication – packed full of rare and iconic photographs – pays tribute to one of history’s most celebrated and revered families. It is the story of an Irish immigrant family who, through hard work, unparalleled drive and ruthless ambition, worked their way up the ladder of *Includes pictures *Profiles all the major members of the political dynasty This lavishly illustrated publication – packed full of rare and iconic photographs – pays tribute to one of history’s most celebrated and revered families. It is the story of an Irish immigrant family who, through hard work, unparalleled drive and ruthless ambition, worked their way up the ladder of American society, ultimately reaching the highest office in the land. The story of the Kennedys is a true reflection of the American dream and is one you will want to hear again and again.


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*Includes pictures *Profiles all the major members of the political dynasty This lavishly illustrated publication – packed full of rare and iconic photographs – pays tribute to one of history’s most celebrated and revered families. It is the story of an Irish immigrant family who, through hard work, unparalleled drive and ruthless ambition, worked their way up the ladder of *Includes pictures *Profiles all the major members of the political dynasty This lavishly illustrated publication – packed full of rare and iconic photographs – pays tribute to one of history’s most celebrated and revered families. It is the story of an Irish immigrant family who, through hard work, unparalleled drive and ruthless ambition, worked their way up the ladder of American society, ultimately reaching the highest office in the land. The story of the Kennedys is a true reflection of the American dream and is one you will want to hear again and again.

30 review for The Kennedys: The True Story Behind America's Most Powerful Family

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katie Oglesby

    Kind of a weird structure to this book. Stated a lot of very popular known facts. Nothing really new here.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    Always enjoy books about the Kennedys.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dr.J.G.

    If one knows nothing about the subject, this is a good and concise introduction to the topic, published in a book form from a student thesis at a not too high level, most likely - most of us however do know almost everything this book has to offer, still, it does give some information to most readers who are not completely well versed in the subject. Some of the deeply painful parts are, of necessity, glossed over, whether due to need of concise form or restrictions imposed by needs of privacy, If one knows nothing about the subject, this is a good and concise introduction to the topic, published in a book form from a student thesis at a not too high level, most likely - most of us however do know almost everything this book has to offer, still, it does give some information to most readers who are not completely well versed in the subject. Some of the deeply painful parts are, of necessity, glossed over, whether due to need of concise form or restrictions imposed by needs of privacy, or much more likely, because the author just couldn't spend that much time and effort on the book. Of those, much is written and published and more about the more famous persona of the clan, but two stand out as being less known about. One of course is the very pathetic elder daughter Rosemary Kennedy, who was subjected to terrible and terribly unfair treatment - the parents had a lobotomy performed and then had her live in seclusion in Wisconsin far away from not only the limelight the clan lived in, but also very rarely visited by most of family, including her mother Rose Kennedy who didn't visit her for decades. All this, because she was "rebellious", and a hint of some escapades that the catholic mother did not approve of and the father couldn't allow the scandals obstruct his plans for careers for his sons and himself - and the young woman was reduced to a vegetable, living life of an orphan. The other, Kathleen Kennedy, did a little better but not much - she had to fight terrible battles only because her mother saw it as a sin when Kathleen wished to marry an Englishman, never mind he was an aristocrat and well off, William Cavendish, Lord Hartington who was eventually to be Duke of Devonshire. Joe Kennedy, the eldest brother, stood up for her and with her at the wedding where others present were the Devonshire family of the groom, and in a short span of less than a year thereafter both Joe and the newly married groom died in the war. Kathleen didn't give up on life and love, and was all set to marry another British aristocrat, but both died in an air crash before they could wed. The author takes a stock of the various misfortunes that the clan dealt with, including the rape charges against one in the nineties, but stops short of the sensational murder charge against a close relative, a nephew, that might have been after all unfairly brought against the boy only because he was related to the Kennedy family. All in all, worth a look.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Smith

    Enjoyable overview of a complicated family

  5. 4 out of 5

    Fábio Cuizzi

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emma Fraser

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    Emily O'Dell

  8. 4 out of 5

    richard callahan

  9. 5 out of 5

    Heather Belton

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    Karen Reed

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    Rachel

  12. 4 out of 5

    CATHERINE DALY

  13. 4 out of 5

    B. Hamaker

  14. 4 out of 5

    ellen stennett

  15. 4 out of 5

    Livvy

  16. 4 out of 5

    Laura

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tony Howard

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jodi McGinnis

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Lavelle

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    LucyMarie

  21. 5 out of 5

    sharon radlove

  22. 5 out of 5

    dory blevins

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mairead Traynor

  24. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Howe

  25. 4 out of 5

    yvonne finnegan

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carla M. Schroeder

  27. 4 out of 5

    kay wilson

  28. 5 out of 5

    Maria

  29. 4 out of 5

    ANNE KELLY

  30. 5 out of 5

    Fred Prince

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