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The Kennedys Amidst the Gathering Storm: A Thousand Days in London 1938-1940 by Will Swift

The Kennedys Amidst the Gathering Storm: A Thousand Days in London 1938-1940 by Will Swift

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The Kennedys Amidst the Gathering Storm:  A Thousand Days in London 1938-1940 by Will Swift is a 374-page hardcover published in 2008 by Smithsonian Books and is a stated first edition.  The title page is signed by the author to the original owner.  The rest of the book is in new condition. 

Book Summary

In The Kennedys Amidst the Gathering Storm, Will Swift presents a fresh, empathetic interpretation of the ambassadorship of Joseph Kennedy and explores the intricate, often shifting relationships among Kennedy, Chamberlain, Churchill, and, of course, Roosevelt.

Arriving in London in early 1938, the Irish-Catholic Kennedys were welcomed by politicians, aristocrats, and intellectuals, all eager to court America.  From 1938 to 1940, the Kennedy's crystallized their identity as protagonists on the world stage, making public the competitive and clannish intrafamily dynamics that would fuel their mythic rise to power.  The older children took an active part in England's glittering "last fling before the bombs fall" society, but all nine children charmed, their every move chronicled by the British and American media.  John F. Kennedy's path to the White House began in London.  As his father's political fortunes dimmed, Jack published a best-selling book and his star rose. 

ISBN:  978-0-06-117356-1

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