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From the troubled Adams dynasty to the bitter presidential face-off between Bush and Gore family scions in 2000, political families in the United States have been pushing, prodding, and trying to shame their sons into power, with a marked effect on American history and an often devastating impact on personal lives. Spanning 230 years, these families have given us presidents, ambassadors, governors, and members of Congress. They have also spawned several suicides, numerous lives that were haunted or broken, more alcoholics and addicts than one can quickly enumerate, and a number of premature deaths.

The successes were often outnumbered by failures, and sometimes the "wrong" son would rise. John and Abigail Adams—and John Quincy after them—wanted to produce great men and leaders, and did. They also produced four alcoholics, three of whom would die young. Everyone in Theodore Roosevelt's family—and much of the country—believed his first son and namesake would follow the path of his idolized father. But his claim was usurped by his fifth cousin, Franklin, who touched off a decades-long feud.

Joe Kennedy Jr. defined the words "golden boy," propelled toward the White House from birth by his imperious, iron-willed father. But it was Jack, his shy, sickly, and overlooked younger brother who finally won it, after a difficult inner journey.

Golden boys Jeb Bush and Al Gore, sons of ambitious political fathers, were seen in their school days as possible presidents (and might still someday face each other). But it was Jeb's brother George who began life at forty, becoming the first president's son since John Quincy Adams to follow his father in office and the first one to then win two terms.

From the bad boys who made good (George Bush and John Kennedy) to the good sons who lost (Al Gore and Ted Roosevelt) to Ted Kennedy (a good son and a disgrace in one singular package), Great Expectations explores two centuries of public drama and family intrigue—a tale that is not over yet.

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"What if from the minute you were born, you were trained to be president? What if you were a cousin or a brother of someone who was being polished for the presidency, but you were the one who wanted the job? Even worse, what if you craved that lofty office more than life itself and came to think you were cheated out of it? Or what if you ran and lost?

In 'Great Expectations,' Noemie Emery... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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From John Adams’s sons two hundred years ago to the Bush brothers today, America has witnessed a long line of dynastic sons who have been forced into political roles by their ambitious relatives. Great Expectations examines the burden of being born into one of America’s royal families, where the choice is between achieving the pinnacle of political power—or failing miserably trying.

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From John Adamss sons two hundred years ago to the Bush brothers today, America has witnessed a long line of dynastic sons who have been forced into political roles by their ambitious relatives. Great Expectations examines the burden of being born into one of Americas royal families, where the choice is between achieving the pinnacle of political power—or failing miserably trying.

About the Author

Noemie Emery is a Washington journalist who writes regularly on culture and politics for the Weekly Standard and also writes for Commentary, Women's Quarterly, and National Review. Her book reviews have appeared in the Weekly Standard, National Review, the Washington Times, and the Washington Post. Emery is the author of two biographies, Washington and Alexander Hamilton: An Intimate Portrait. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Preface.

Introduction.

1 Adamses.

2 Roosevelts.

3 Kennedys: Rise.

4 Kennedys: Decline and Fall.

5 Their Three Sons.

6 Bush versus Gore versus Bush.

7 2001.

Epilogue.

Selected Sources.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780471234890
Author:
Emery, Noemie
Publisher:
Wiley (TP)
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
US Biography
Subject:
Biography-Political
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20070824
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.48 x 6.5 x 0.99 in

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"Synopsis" by , From John Adams’s sons two hundred years ago to the Bush brothers today, America has witnessed a long line of dynastic sons who have been forced into political roles by their ambitious relatives. Great Expectations examines the burden of being born into one of America’s royal families, where the choice is between achieving the pinnacle of political power—or failing miserably trying.
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From John Adamss sons two hundred years ago to the Bush brothers today, America has witnessed a long line of dynastic sons who have been forced into political roles by their ambitious relatives. Great Expectations examines the burden of being born into one of Americas royal families, where the choice is between achieving the pinnacle of political power—or failing miserably trying.
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