• The Sins of the Father

  • Joseph P. Kennedy and the Dynasty He Founded
  • By: Ronald Kessler
  • Narrated by: Frank Langella
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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The Sins of the Father

By: Ronald Kessler
Narrated by: Frank Langella
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From the New York Times best-selling author of 20 books about the Secret Service, FBI, and CIA comes the detailed account of the life and times of the ambitious, powerful, masterfully manipulative Joseph Patrick Kennedy.

For all his wealth and power, Joe Kennedy was not a happy man. He also had no shame. What he cared about was having power. Through the political dynasty that he founded, he achieved that for generations to come. If he hurt and corrupted others in the process, no one had the courage to challenge him.

The results are the myths that continue to enshrine the Kennedy family and maintain it as a national obsessions. This book explodes those myths. Utilizing extensive research and interviews with Kennedy family members and their intimates, speaking on record for the first time, Kessler reveals stunning details of Joseph Kennedy's enormous accomplishments and the terrible personal losses he suffered.

©2012 Ronald Kessler (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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Biased Hatchet Job

I've been an Audible member for 15 years and have listened to 100's of books and have never given a negative review. This "book" changed that. I know that Joe Kennedy was no saint and I have read three other biographies of him, so I have a basis to evaluate this book.
The author Kessler slants every aspect of his life to the negative, using some very obtuse sources and most often no source whatsoever.
He paints him as stupid and yet an evil genius. Lazy and yet industrious in his malfeasance.
He spends many chapters accusing him of anti-semitism, which even if true should not be the main theme of a biography.
I have no great admiration for Joseph Kennedy and am sure that he had many flaws and misdeeds, but to smear him in nearly every paragraph makes the reader feel like we are learning more about the author's over-the-top disdain than about this complex and consequential historical figure.

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Very interesting

I would have given the audio 5 stars but the actual book has more reading material.

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  • Emma Telfer
  • 11-23-22

The sins of the father.

Frank langella,always and still a very handsome man,this has been a very interesting book about Joe Kennedy.I hope Mr Frank langella writes more.

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  • debs
  • 07-26-22

Not much detail

I was really looking forward to this, and hoped it would give me the nitty gritty on Joe Kennedy.
It flew through the time line unfortunately and didn't provide any new information.

For a man of such influence - I'm suprises at how short this book is!

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  • 10-24-19

DIFFICULT TO LISTEN TO

I think the poor narration spoiled the story. sometimes a whisper then dramatic. wouldn't recommend couldn't get into it. had to rewind several times to understand .