The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. KennedyBy David Nasaw
“I cannot impress upon you strongly enough my complete lack of confidence in the entire [British] conduct of this war. I was delighted to see that the president said he was not going to enter the war because to enter this war, imagining for a minute that the English have anything to offer in the line of leadership or productive capacity in industry that could be of the slightest value to us, would be a complete misapprehension.” With those words the Joe Kennedy reveals for the umpteenth time his misjudgments about Great Britains capacity to resist Hitlers European conquests. The how and the why of this appeasement is one of the many facets of this brilliant, compelling book
Kennedy is not without many critics and untrue libels. He and his family had more than a few friends and hero worshipers. I hoped in reading this giganticus of a book to find the truth. David Nasaw promises his readers to excise anything that could not be confirmed by primary sources and that the Kennedy family allowed unlimited access to family archives. I believe this to be true. The result is riveting and striking to say the least.
This book covers the first half of the twentieth century from the inside out. Joe Kennedy was personally involved in virtually all the history of his time. His isolationism was deep and yet commonplace. A lot of Americans, notably aviator Charles Lindbergh, wanted to keep America out of another European war. But Kennedy’s relentless drive to appease — indeed, reward — tyranny was monomaniacal, preposterous and dangerous. In his view, Hitler was really just another businessman with whom a deal could be struck. Here his business genius impelled him in a direction that would have led to hell.Does this reflect the seeming approach of the present conman in the White House. Perhaps…..
The best and most interesting part of this book is family because that's what drove this man the most. In business, in being a father, government official, a Hollywood insider, and man about town. Yes, I can sum it all up this way- real historical biography that’s utterly fascinating.
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