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

The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings

A Five-Generation History of the Ultimate Irish-Catholic Family

Paperback Published: 6th October 2004
ISBN: 9780465043187
Number Of Pages: 736

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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.

"There is a fascinating, five-generation story to tell here, and Maier does it well...this book reads like a metaphor for the Irish immigrant experience itself."--Providence Journal
"This extremely readable biography not only examines one particular immigrant family but also sheds light on the larger story of Irish Americans from the early twentieth century onward."--Booklist
"The door is open and the time is right for another serious, multigenerational history of America's most fabled clan. Newsday reporter Maier answers the need quite well with this fascinating account."--Publishers Weekly
"A colossal work...The Kennedys is a pleasure to read and a legitimate page-turner."--BookReporter.com
"A hefty, well documented, glowing account of the Kennedys as a prime example of Irish Catholic experience in America. He paints a vivid picture of the anti-Irish, anti-Catholic sentiment that faced immigrants with brogues."--Kirkus Reviews
"You can't understand the Kennedys unless you look at their Irish Catholic roots. Thomas Maier has gone far beyond earlier Kennedy biographers and historians to reveal ties that shaped the Kennedys long after they left Ireland. And he's done it in a lively, readable way."--Evan Thomas, author of Robert Kennedy: His Life

Prefacep. xv
From Ireland to Irish-American
The Boys of Wexfordp. 3
Heirs of Brian Borup. 10
The Starvationp. 18
American Wakep. 24
Brahmins and Bigotryp. 35
The Long Climb to Acceptancep. 51
The Family Enterprisep. 67
Hard Lessonsp. 78
The Family Faith
Happy Warriorsp. 95
An Irishman in the Court of St. Jamesp. 113
The Vatican Go-Betweenp. 123
Tortured Soulsp. 139
Hero Worshipp. 160
Blood Brothersp. 173
A Lighter Shade of Greenp. 191
Eirep. 214
Rise to the Presidency
The Irish Brahminp. 235
A Child of Fatep. 249
Articles of Faithp. 266
A Nation of Immigrantsp. 277
Matters of Church and Statep. 292
A Friend in Romep. 298
Primary Lessonsp. 313
West Virginiap. 326
The Fall, 1960p. 339
The Rites of Power
A Catholic in the White Housep. 361
Holy Warsp. 374
Conversion and Subversionp. 386
The Two Johnsp. 394
Doing the Right Thingp. 409
In the Springtimep. 428
The Ritual of Mourningp. 444
The Emerald Thread
A Living Woundp. 467
The Awful Grace of Godp. 485
The Politics of Outsidersp. 499
The Ghosts of Camelotp. 519
Last Hurrahsp. 535
A Matter of Faithp. 550
Looking Backward and Forwardp. 561
Principles of Peacep. 572
Legaciesp. 589
A Note on Sourcesp. 603
Selected Bibliographyp. 637
About the Authorp. 655
Indexp. 657
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ISBN: 9780465043187
ISBN-10: 0465043186
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 736
Published: 6th October 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 13.9  x 4.1
Weight (kg): 0.83
Edition Number: 1