The Kennedys by Thomas Maier
America's Emerald Kings A Five-Generation History of the Ultimate Irish-Catholic Family

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For 150 years, the story of the Kennedy family has been inextricably linked to their heritage as Irish-Catholic immigrants—from Patrick Kennedy’s 1848 arrival in Brahmin Boston from Country Wexford Ireland, to Joseph Kennedy’s Vatican ties and Jackie’s thoughts on faith and sorrow, to Kennedy-confidante Father McSorley’s religious counsel following the assassination of JFK. Through groundbreaking interviews with Senator Edward Kennedy and other Kennedy family and friends, acclaimed journalist Thomas Maier casts the Kennedy saga in an entirely new light, showing how their Irish catholic heritage influenced their public and private decisions. Released to coincide with a documentary adapted from the book, this edition features a new preface, in which Maier explores the dynamics of the three brothers, Ted Kennedy’s legacy, and the 2008 presidential elections that have been touched in so many ways by the Kennedy family.

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Maier is a staff reporter at New York Newsday.
Published March 25, 2009 by Basic Books. 739 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War, Business & Economics, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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In the next generation, Maier finds that it is often the women (e.g., Caroline Kennedy and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend) who have assumed the role of “Irish chieftain,” those traditional clan leaders of old who inspired and led their people.

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THE KENNEDYS: America's Emerald Kings is a colossal work that details not only the better-known family names, but also the lesser known figures at the roots of the Kennedy legacy.

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