Celebrated historian David Nasaw brings to life the story of Joseph Patrick Kennedy, in the first biography authorized by the Kennedy family. Joseph Patrick Kennedy — whose life spanned the First World War, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, the Second World War, and the Cold War — was the patriarch of America’s greatest political dynasty. The father of President John F. Kennedy, and Senators Robert and Edward Kennedy, “Joe” Kennedy was an indomitable and elusive figure, whose dreams of advancement for his nine children were matched only by his extraordinary personal ambition and shrewd financial skills. Kennedy’s story deserves to be told, and Nasaw’s magnificent The Patriarch ($40.00) is the best biography to do so.
David Nasaw is the author of the New York Times bestselling Andrew Carnegie, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Business Week Best Book of the Year, and the winner of the New York Historical Society Prize in American History. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, The London Review of Books, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications. He lives in New York City.