Seeds of Destruction

Chronicles the complex family dynamics psychological forces that molded the Kennedy men, beginning with Joe Kennedy Sr s driving ambitions that set in motion a family saga of triumphs tragedies spanning four generations BW photos.
Seeds of Destruction Chronicles the complex family dynamics psychological forces that molded the Kennedy men beginning with Joe Kennedy Sr s driving ambitions that set in motion a family saga of triumphs tragedies spanni

  • Title: Seeds of Destruction
  • Author: Ralph G. Martin
  • ISBN: 9780399140617
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Hardcover
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    About the Author

    Ralph G. Martin

    Ralph G Martin was an American journalist who authored or co authored about thirty books, including popular biographies of recent historical figures, among which, Jennie, a two volume 1969 and 1971 study of Winston Churchill s American mother, Lady Randolph Churchill, became the most prominent bestseller Other successful tomes focused on British royal romance Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson in 1974, as well as Prince Charles and Lady Diana in 1985 and on the Kennedy family John F Kennedy in 1983 and Joseph P Kennedy Sr in 1995.Born in Chicago, Martin was eight years old when his family moved to Brooklyn, New York He studied at City College of New York and, subsequently, the University of Missouri, where he graduated in 1941 with a bachelor s degree in journalism Twenty one years old upon receiving his diploma, Martin decided to hitchhike and found a newspaper job at the Box Elder News Journal which served Brigham City, the county seat of Utah s Box Elder County In December, following the U.S declaration of war in the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Martin enlisted in the Army and spent the war as a combat correspondent for the Armed Forces newspaper Stars and Stripes and the Army weekly magazine, Yank In 1944, after having interviewed New York City s mayor, Fiorello La Guardia, for Yank, Martin asked La Guardia to perform his marriage ceremony to Marjorie Pastel.Returning to civilian life in 1945, Martin began working as editor for news and analysis publications Newsweek and The New Republic and became executive editor at decorating and domestic arts magazine House Beautiful During the months preceding the 1952 and 1956 presidential elections, he served as a member of the campaign staff for the Democratic nominee, Adlai Stevenson.Having lived for years in the Connecticut town of Westport, near New York City, Martin moved to the Kendal on Hudson retirement community in another of the city s suburbs, Sleepy Hollow, where he died seven and a half weeks before his 93rd birthday He and his wife Marjorie were the parents of two daughters and a son.

    386 Comment

    • Kavan said:
      Aug 20, 2018 - 15:29 PM

      Having recently read A Hero For Our Time, Ralph Martin’s examination of the Kennedy White House, I was excited to read Seeds of Destruction. Hero had done an excellent job at distilling how the strengths and weaknesses of the president manifested itself in his presidency. Having also read David Nasaw’s The Patriarch I recognized how Joe Kennedy had benefitted and harmed his sons with his obsession with the presidency. Nasaw’s style is clearly different than Martins so I was curious to see [...]

    • Erik Graff said:
      Aug 20, 2018 - 15:29 PM

      I picked this one up at The Community Resale Shop on the corner of 25th and 78 in East Dundee, Illinois. Having only brought one, half-completed book with me for a two-week stay out here, I needed something long and, hopefully, engaging.Long and engaging it was, but I cannot give it a strong recommendation. It is, as indicated in its subtitle, about Joe Kennedy Sr. and his sons Joe Jr JFK, RFK and Ted, but the depth of analysis is shallow, being based almost entirely on countless interviews cond [...]

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