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Joseph P. Kennedy Presents: His Hollywood Years

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This is the extraordinary story, told for the first time, of Joseph P. Kennedy’s remarkable reign in Hollywood, in which he ran three movie studios simultaneously, led the revolution in sound pictures—and made the fortune that became the foundation of his empire.

Kennedy saw filmmaking as “a gold mine” when movies were an idea one week, in front of the camera the next, and
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Hardcover, 528 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by Knopf (first published January 1st 2009)
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Matt
Sep 06, 2013 Matt rated it really liked it
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"A few years back, author Cari Beauchamp wrote an absorbing book called Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood. This was a great narrative about female empowerment in the growing industry of motion pictures, but it did have an intriguing minor player in Joseph P. Kennedy, better known as the patriarch of the Kennedy dynasty but here portrayed as an early mover and shaker and one of the few non-Jewish movie moguls. With this later book, Beauchamp focuses enti ...more
Gail
Apr 05, 2009 Gail rated it liked it
The Kennedy family patriarch clearly laid the blueprint for future money makers and takers, such as Donald Trump and Bernie Madoff. Ruthless, greedy, willing to lay out elaborate schemes and patiently wait for the prime opportunity to strike, Joe Kennedy worked the system to his advantage. Starting out in business as "America's youngest Bank President", Kennedy tries his luck at the burgeoning film industry. Unscrupulous, always keeping his eye on the prize (in this case, making money), Kennedy ...more
Ramie
Sep 13, 2016 Ramie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably the most overlooked big name in Hollywood history is Kennedy. Likewise probably the most overlooked aspect of the Kennedy's is the old Hollywood connection.

This book is a nearly perfect answer to that. The only reason I can't give it five stars is it feels like it went out of its way to bury any accomplishment that Kennedy had because he was a douchebag. You can show what a douchebag he was and still admit he accomplished things. Don't get me wrong this book tells us he did this or that
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Evan
May 03, 2014 Evan rated it it was ok
Consistently informative and filled with anecdotes that helped this reader appreciate the Kennedy dynasty more beyond its public image of politicking. The only downside was a myopic focus on one particular Silver Age Hollywood studio without drawing clear enough connections to other studios and other contemporary film personalities. Well worth the read though, the sort of almost British approach to an overlooked era in America that needs to be read, even if it is too focused and antiquated to be ...more
Dkeslin
Jun 13, 2009 Dkeslin rated it it was amazing
Kennedy took Hollywood by storm in the mid to late 20s. He recognized the opportunity to make a lot of money fast and ended up owning and running three studios and changing the way Hollywood made contract and organized their entire business. The palce was never the same after he left, abruptly, after making over 15 million dollars. It discussed his long affair with Gloria Swanso and his abrupt leaving of her as well. He was one ruthless guy. Most biographies on Kennedy, barely mention this time ...more
Margie
Jul 17, 2009 Margie added it
That Joseph and Rose Kennedy give new meaning to 'disfunctional family'. In addition to Kennedy's duplicitous dealings with family, frends, lovers and co-partners, this book presents a detailed and knowledgable social history of the early Hollywood years. (Disclamer, author Cari Beauchamp is a long-time friend of mine).
Mark
Jun 19, 2010 Mark rated it liked it
You do not often read about the father of John, Robert, and Ted Kennedy. This book gives a good description of a man who knew how to delegate, handle money, and make a fortune. Good book about the time in his life that made his real fortune to start.
Stephanie
Jan 22, 2013 Stephanie rated it liked it
This book sheds further light on how all the money was made, the man behind it, and the fallout he left behind. Interesting book about this particular era in both Kennedy's life and the film industry in it's infancy.
Simon
Apr 14, 2013 Simon rated it liked it
Well researched, but the writing is a little clunky in places. Beauchamp clearly doesn't like Kennedy, Swanson or Rose, and after awhile, it becomes a little tedious to read about their escapades.
Linda
Oct 18, 2013 Linda rated it liked it
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A bit too much detail for an audio book, but an insight into a man, his times and mostly his influence in the financial as well as the movie industry.
Erebmann
Jan 28, 2014 Erebmann rated it did not like it
The balance of his impact and limits as a Hollywood executive gets lost in the details of his personal life.
Mandy
Feb 04, 2009 Mandy marked it as to-read
Pretty much convinced by http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-an...
Dawn
Apr 12, 2009 Dawn rated it really liked it
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Joseph P. Kennedy was not a nice man--money-grubbing, star-struck, power-hungry. But the book was well-written, and I enjoyed the Hollywood history parts.
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Cari Beauchamp is the award winning author of Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and The Powerful Women of Early Hollywood. She also edited and annotated Anita Loos Rediscovered: Film Treatments and Fiction by the Creator of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and co-wrote Hollywood on the Riviera: The Inside Story of the Cannes Film Festival. Her book, Adventures of a Hollywood Secretary: Her Private ...more
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