Biographies

"The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy"

David Nasaw

About the Program

David Nasaw recounts the life of Joseph P. Kennedy (1888-1969), patriarch of the political family that included President John F. Kennedy and Senators Robert F. Kennedy and Edward Kennedy.   The author examines Mr. Kennedy's careers in business and politics, which included ventures in Wall Street and Hollywood and founding chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Mr. Nasaw also explores Joseph Kennedy's resistance to American entry into World War II during his tenure as ambassador to Great Britain, a stance that led to public criticism and hurt his relationship with President Roosevelt.   David Nasaw speaks at the Philadelphia Free Library.  

About the Authors

David Nasaw

David Nasaw is the author of The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst and Andrew Carnegie, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.   He is a history professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.


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"The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy"

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Past Airings

  • Monday, January 28th at 4am (ET)
  • Saturday, January 12th at 1:30pm (ET)
  • Monday, December 31st at 8:30am (ET)
  • Monday, December 24th at 11pm (ET)
  • Sunday, December 9th at 7pm (ET)
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