Joseph P. Kennedy Presents

Paperback $18.95

Vintage | Feb 09, 2010 | 528 Pages | 5-3/16 x 8 | ISBN 9780307475220

  • Paperback$18.95

    Vintage | Feb 09, 2010 | 528 Pages | 5-3/16 x 8 | ISBN 9780307475220

  • Ebook$14.99

    Vintage | Feb 03, 2009 | 512 Pages | 6-1/4 x 9-1/4 | ISBN 9780307271297

Praise

“An exceptional work of film scholarship, packed with information no one had uncovered before that reads like a juicy novel.” —Vanity Fair 

“Beauchamp serves up with gusto many measures of gossipy history and historical gossip. . . . One hell of a story.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Fascinating. . . . The intellect, the intuition, the gumption, the gall, the vision, and the restless ambition of the founding father are meticulously documented.” —The Boston Globe 

“Cari Beauchamp deserves great credit for bringing Joseph P. Kennedy into sharp focus with a wealth of detail. . . . Beauchamp has succeeded not only in finding a new way of telling the story, but one which adds to it much we didn’t know before. ” —Michael Korda, The Daily Beast

“Smart. . . . Beauchamp suggests that nothing in Kennedy’s long career of banking, stock manipulation, and New Dealing prepared him for presidential politics the way his time in the picture business did.” —New York Times Book Review
 
“[A] crackling page-turner. . . . Beauchamp demonstrates again and again, that apart from [Kennedy’s] abiding love and concern for his nine children (and perhaps a few others including Marion Davies), the bottom line was everything.” —Los Angeles Times
 
“Rarely has [Kennedy’s Hollywood years] been documented in such meticulous detail. . . . Well-written and researched, Beauchamp’s book is a probing examination of the man in the industry during perhaps its most fascinating period.” —Chicago Sun-Times
 
“Beauchamp’s research is phenomenal and would have daunted any other author. . . . A masterpiece of backstage capitalism.” —Cineaste
 
“Cari Beauchamp has dug deep into my mother’s files and records and emerged to finally tell the true story of Gloria Swanson’s relationship with Joe Kennedy. No one else has ever been as honest or as thorough.” —Michelle Farmer Amon, daughter of Gloria Swanson

Table Of Contents

Contents
 
List of Illustrations
Preface
 
1. “America’s Youngest Bank President”
2. “This is Another Telephone”
3. “I Have Just Reorganized the Company”
4. “Fight Like Hell To Win”
5. “We Have Valued Your Advice and Assistance”
6. “I’m Beginning to Think I Need a ‘Picture Man’”
7. “I Never Needed a Vacation Less”
8. “The Inner Cabinet of the Film Industry”
9. “All Records Have Been Broken”
10. “The Reigning Queen of the Movies”
11. “Together We Could Make Millions”
12. “Like a Roped Horse”
13. “Industry Wide Influence and Respect”
14. “I Have Gone into the Vaudeville Game”
15. “Another Big Deal in Prospect”
16. “You Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet”
17. “Swinging the Axe”
18. “Now He’s Back and Almost Anything Can Happen”
19. “The Dollar Sign Implanted in His Heart”
20. “Gilding the Manure Pile”
21. “Give Our Love to Gloria”
22. “Having Tea with His Wife and My Husband and the Vicar”
23. “Things are Bad Enough Here”
24. “A Good Trick If You Can Do It”
25. “I Am Now Definitely Out of the Motion Picture Industry”
26. “The Richest Irish American in the World”
27. “Wall Street Awaits Kennedy’s Findings”
28. “The Embers of Terror, Isolationism, and Racism”
Epilogue: “The First and Only Outsider to Fleece Hollywood”
 
Author’s Note
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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