Kennedy Devonshire Connection


By Bernard Hackley
September 2002
Book Guild
ISBN: 1-85776-617-2
5 3/4 x 8 "
$34.95 hardcover


Through political connections and wealth amassed through bootlegging and the movie industry, Joe Kennedy had by 1937 become too important for Franklin D. Roosevelt to ignore or insult. The solution -- to send Joe to Britain as US Ambassador -- was to have radical and tragic consequences for both the Kennedy clan and the old aristocratic line of the Dukes of Devonshire. The bare historical facts are fleshed out in this novelistic impression, to show the motives and passions that underlay the official headlines and the protagonists are shown as living, breathing people, not the ciphers they later became. The eight years during which the stories unfold are brought vividly to life, with the various family members' roles in the Second World War shown in a revealing light, with all the clashes of opinion and individuality that were common to both houses.

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