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The Fitzgeralds And The Kennedys: An American Saga
Synopses & Reviews
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.
"There have been many books about the Kennedys. This is the best." Newsday
"A rich tapestry of brigands and dreamers, hustlers and stoics, cynics and idealists, and a rousing good story." USA Today
"Rarely has this familiar saga seemed so fresh and dramatic. Rarely have its characters been so alive and individual. Rarely has popular history rung so authentic." The New York Times
"The stories are wonderful....She has captured much of the magic and caught all the sorrows as well." George V. Higgins, The Washington Post
About the Author
DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN won the Pulitzer Prize for No Ordinary Time and is the author of the bestselling Wait Till Next Year and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. A political analyst for NBC and The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, she lives in Concord, Massachusetts.
Table of Contents
BOOK ONE: THE FITZGERALDS
BOOK TWO: THE KENNEDYS
BOOK THREE: THE GOLDEN TRIO
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