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The Sins of the Father: Joseph P. Kennedy and the Dynasty He Founded

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In this new personal history--the first serious volume focusing exclusively on Joseph Patrick Kennedy in 30 years--Ronald Kessler recreates the life and times of this ambitious, powerful, masterfully manipulative man. Utilizing extensive research and interviews with Kennedy family members and their intimates, speaking on record for the first time, Kessler reveals stunning ...more
Mass Market, 10 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by Warner Books (first published 1996)
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Jul 04, 2012 James rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life-in-amerika
This was a book I couldn't put down,
it's amazing how clever he was in bribing and manipulating journalists into presenting "the news" as he wanted.
All his life he had "news men" feed lies to the American public.

I just read THE DARK INSIDE, which is about the big con in the early 20th century. Joe K was the better than any of them!
What a piece of work!

What irony, that after he succeeded in getting a son elected president,
11 months later he has a stroke that leaves him unable to speak.

He liv
Mar 23, 2009 Nancy rated it really liked it
This book was a good. It exposes Joseph Kennedy for the disgusting womanizing crook he was but that isn't the surprise. What was surprising in this book was how PRO-NAZI Joe Kennedy was and the iron-fisted control he had on his children even when they were adults.

The book is well written, the research is excellent, direct quotes and first hand accounts from the people who were there and knew Joe Kennedy, including but not limited to Gloria Swanson, Roosevelt and Hoover. You'll understand the Ke
Gerry Claes
Sep 23, 2012 Gerry Claes rated it liked it
Over the past few years I have read a number of books about WWII and they mentioned Joe Kennedy as ambassador to England during the start of the war. Ole Joe did not get high praise in any of the books. So I decided to read a book about his life and this is the one I chose for better or worse.

I don't think there is any doubt about it; Joe Kennedy was a scoundrel, a philanderer, a manipulator and overall was not a very nice person. Joe was always looking out for himself first, his family second a
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Eric Bjerke
Jun 19, 2008 Eric Bjerke rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: History lovers
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A very unflattering portrayal of the Kennedy's. Dad was a power-hungry meglomaniac living his life vicariously through his sons. Very interesting. I didn't think I could think any worse of this family that has plagued America for far too long, but I did after reading this book.
Justin Mitchell
Don't know if having read The Dark Side of Camelot right before this ruined it for me or not. But I doubt it, because I found this book to be very disorganized, poorly researched, and extremely biased. Kessler seems out to smear Kennedy from the start. Now, granted, Kennedy was clearly a terrible human being, but that isn't an excuse. Seymour Hersh exploded the Kennedy myth in Dark Side without stooping to editorializing, but Kessler can't manage to mask his disdain for not only Joe Kennedy, but ...more
Apr 12, 2015 Paul rated it liked it
A very interesting story showing the drive and ruthlessness Joe Kennedy had to make sure he and his children succeeded. It forces you to question the golden reputation of Camelot and the Kennedy's. There was a feeling of gossip and pettiness in this story but the information does seem to be backed up.
Emily Curley
Feb 25, 2015 Emily Curley rated it really liked it
Interesting look into the Kennedy family to separate the political spin machine from the reality of the family's less than storied past and rise to fame.
Sep 09, 2014 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me months to finish this book, but I enjoyed every page. It was a fascinating insight into one of the great American dynasties.
Curt Rude
May 17, 2016 Curt Rude rated it it was amazing
Got me wondering on just how America selects its heroes. This is s sinister read of money driven greed trumping all.
Nov 10, 2012 Lindsay rated it liked it
This was a well researched and though provoking book. However, I felt that too much of the book focused on Joe's political shenanigans and not enough on why he made the decisions he did. I would have liked to hear more about his relationship with this family. Then again his political shenanigans were quite legendary Haig and Haig pinch anyone?
Oct 21, 2012 K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating history of the Kennedy family, especially father Joe and son JFK. For those interested in American history and politics, this is a must read.
Oct 29, 2008 Cindy rated it really liked it
Very intersting look at the Kennedy dynasty. Founded on lies, deceit, corruption and a connection to the mafia.
Jun 19, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it
Very interesting. A little slow at first then hard to put down. I was very surprised by what this book had to say.
Beth Bedee
Mar 14, 2011 Beth Bedee rated it it was amazing
If you're a Kennedy fanatic, this is a must read. This book shows how Joe Kennedy built his dynasty.
Dec 22, 2010 Jeff rated it liked it
Freaking amazing!! Instead of going to prison he was made the head of the SEC. Only in America.
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excellent and insightful
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