This is an excellent book about the life of Joseph P. Kennedy. Author David Nasaw provides an informative and interesting read about the head of the Kennedy Dynasty. In it he treats his subject with an understanding of the man who moved from being very visible in the forefront in his younger years to working in the background in his latter years.
Joseph P. Kennedy concentrated on what he felt was best for his family and had a deep passion for guiding and protecting him. He was not without his faults, which the author clearly addresses, but he was also blamed for many things in which there is no proof that he was ever part of.
He was strongly opinionated and did not shy away from expressing his opinion even when it meant that he would take his lumps from the press and others. His influence was such that FDR needed to keep him on his side in order to remain in the White House. He was not a Nazi sympathizer, but he did not trust the majority of Jews. He was opposed to the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, the Korean War and american assistance to the French in Vietnam. He lost three sons and one daughter to early deaths.
Joseph P. Kennedy as an interesting man and this book is a great read. I strongly recommend it for anyone who is interested in the Kennedy family history.