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In this triumphant new work, the author of The Kennedy Women goes beyond anything previously published to chronicle the Kennedy men and their struggle to become the greatest, most powerful family in the United States. Beginning in 1901 with 12-year-old Joseph P. Kennedy and ending in 1963 with President John F. Kennedy's assassination, Laurence Leamer seamlessly unites the complex strands of their economic, political, and social rise. This magnificent new volume is based on five years of interviews with Kennedy insiders and experts, as well as in-depth research including unprecedented new sources and materials: the private archives of JFK's longtime secretary Evelyn Lincoln, secret tapes JFK recorded in the Oval Office, revealing letters from the president's doctors, Rose Kennedy's never-before-heard interview tapes, interviewws with CIA operatives and Kennedy family members. Throughout, Leamer offers startling revelations on Joseph P. Kennedy's illegal business activities, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Bay of Pigs fiasco, JFK's health and political career, and much more.
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