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The Fitzgeralds And The Kennedys An American Saga (edition 1987)

by Doris Kearns Goodwin

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Title:The Fitzgeralds And The Kennedys An American Saga
Authors:Doris Kearns Goodwin
Info:Simon & Schuster (1987), Hardcover
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This book primarily covers the great-grandparents, grandparents and parents of JFK, Jr. and his family. Coming to America as immigrants, how they survived and established themselves in Boston (and beyond), etc. Very interesting stuff - if you're looking for the scandals or paparazzi life of JFK, Jackie, Teddy, Bobby, etc., you won't find it here. This book ends with the election of JFK as president. Incredibly researched and very interesting; it was a bit long for me in some parts in regards to political strategizing and party lines, but pulls no punches in honestly revealing the personalities of the family hierarchy and what made them tick. I wouldn't hesitate for a second to pick up another book by this author. ( )
1 vote kelawrence | Sep 26, 2011 |
From Honey Fitz to JF,jr. an intriguing story ( )
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I was first attracted to this family history almost a decade ago, out of my lifelong absorption in American history, and my special interest in the presidency.
On the twelfth of February, 1863, on a morning described in the Boston newspapers as "below freezing" and "cloudy" with a cold wind blowing hard from the north, a tiny boy, John Francis Fitzgerald, not yet one day old, was carried by his father to St. Stephen's Church for baptism.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743201752, Paperback)

"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.

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An account of the triumphs and tragedies of three generations of the Fitzgerald and Kennedy families, drawing on interviews and private papers to provide new insights.

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