The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys

The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys

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"The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys" is the sweeping history of two immigrant families, their rise to become potent political dynasties, and the marriage that brought the two together to found the most powerful family in America. Drawing on unprecedented access to the family and its private papers, Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling historian Doris Kearns Goodwin takes readers from John Francis "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald's baptism in 1863 through his reign as mayor of Boston, to the inauguration of his grandson as president ninety-eight years later. Each character emerges unforgettably: the young, shrewdly political Rose Fitzgerald; her powerful, manipulative husband, Joseph P. Kennedy; and the "Golden Trio" of Kennedy children -- Joe Jr., Kathleen, and Jack -- whose promise was eclipsed by the family's legacy of tragedy. Through the prism of two self-made families, Goodwin reveals the ambitions and the hopes that form the fabric of the American nation.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster, 2001, c1987
Edition: 1st Touchstone ed. --
ISBN: 9780743201759
0743201752
Branch Call Number: 929/.2/0973/Goo 359401 1
Characteristics: xvii, 932 p. : ill

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Apr 17, 2016

I find anything written by DKG to be excellent . She is a wonderful storyteller and I found this book especially refreshing because it tells the backstory of the Kennedy dynasty--stories we haven't heard over and over of early Boston. She is especially good at the human interest and lifestyle angles. Wonderful reading.

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