I received a free Kindle copy of this book courtesy of Net Galley and Open Road Media, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would publish a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my blog. I also posted the review to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.
I requested a copy of this book because I have a passion for American History and have read extensively about the two main individuals in the book. I have read several other books by Michael Beschloss and I have enjoyed them.
The author’s writing style makes this book an enjoyable read. While he covers the many twists and turns in the relationship between Joseph Kennedy and Franklin Roosevelt, Beschloss does not get bogged down in dry recitation of history instead making it read more like a story.
He clearly addresses the fact that Kennedy and Roosevelt were men with huge egos and very different approaches to getting things done. Each needed the other for various reasons, but over time they remained publicly civil to each other while being brutually honest on their dislike for each other with their confidants. Roosevelt was adept at playing the political game and getting Kennedy to generally go along with what he wanted to accomplish and using alternative avenues when he couldn’t. Kenney was opinonated and outspoken with no filter to keep him from saying what he truly thought. He also refused offers from Roosevelt that he felt were beneath his abilities while lamenting to friends that he could do so much for the war effort, but failed to understand that it could not happen on his terms.
I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in American history and in particular the interplay between two figures who played prominent roles in the first half of the twentieth century.