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Biographies of those people important to the Kennedy Presidency.
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. They finally appeared to have overcome their lifelong status as outsiders. From 1938 to 1940, the Kennedys 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. They all learned from their father's successes-and failures. The older children-Joe Jr., Jack, and Kathleen-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. Drawing on recently released Kennedy family archives, Joseph P. Kennedy's private papers, and using rare photographs of English society and the photogenic Kennedy clan, Dr. Swift, with penetrating psychological insight, brings to life this fascinating family during a dramatic one thousand day period.
"Here is the complete story of the youngest generation of the indefatigable Kennedy clan - the 29 grandchildren of Joseph and Rose Kennedy - as told by Barbara Gibson, Rose's personal secretary. Having lived for many years side by side with the three generations of Kennedys, she is in a unique position to understand the goings on behind the scenes and walls of the Kennedy compounds in Hyannisport and Palm Beach. During her time with the Kennedy matriarch, Gibson experienced first hand many of the anecdotes she shares and she became friends with Kennedy cousins, aides, assistants, and security personnel, who revealed their Kennedy stories to her for the first time." "The Kennedys as a family have had an extraordinary impact on the politics, culture, and tabloids of the United States. The Kennedys is an examination of this most famous American dynasty from a generational perspective. Gibson examines the rise, fall, and rise of the Kennedys, fueled by the intense power drive of the clan and desire to win at any cost instilled by Joe Sr. and Rose. This ruthless competitive streak brought the second generation to great heights with the Presidency of JFK but also great tragedy - the premature deaths of Kathleen and Joe Jr., the unwarranted lobotomy of Rosemary, and, of course, Chappaquiddick." "In the third generation we see this characteristic self-destructiveness and arrogant disregard for others passed on from their parents. Saddled with womanizing fathers and negligent mothers, the Kennedy grandchildren inherited a variety of personality problems and reckless behavior patterns that they are still struggling to overcome." "With few exceptions, all the Kennedy grandchildren have experimented with drugs, and several have become severe addicts, one cousin dying from an overdose. Gibson examines problems with physical and emotonal abuse, culminating in such public scandals as the William Kennedy Smith rape trial. These she relates back to the experiences of the second generation in terms of how the family bands together in times of crisis to protect their own, shielding an individual from legal responsibility but not addressing the deep-rooted cause of the problem." "The Kennedys is ultimately a story of redemption as Gibson examines the accomplishments of many of the third generation, the political successes and good works, especially in the areas of the environment and education. She proves that in many ways the Kennedys are rising again, although not necessarily in the way Joe Sr. might have envisioned, as the Kennedy grandchildren live their lives in fulfillment of many of the goals to which their forebears merely paid lip service."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
In the Southwest temperatures ran as hot as the tempers, and men were silent while guns talked too fast. Keno was that rare breeda cowboy between jobs, out to make an honest dollar and keep his pride and his hide, his only two possessions, intact. Which was why he was riding alone across the hottest, most godforsaken stretch of mesquite in the Territory when he came across a stranger. Hog-tied. Bellydown. Branded and left to die hideously. Keno knew he had to save him. That was his first mistake.
Kentucky provided rich hunting grounds for many Native American groups, and with the arrival of the Europeans on American soil, they too were attracted to Kentucky for its abundant wildlife. Famous frontiersmen, such as Daniel Boone, helped found communities, which were often under siege by Indians, seeking to reclaim their traditional hunting lands. Finally after the Revolutionary War and disputes over ownership of the land, Kentucky became the fifteenth state in the union in 1792.
Fleeing her abusive uncle, young D'lise Alexander trusts no man--until she is rescued by trapper Kane Devlin. There, amid the simple pleasures of cornhusking and barn raisings, she comes to recognize that the deep affection she holds for her savior is true love.
Beautiful Clover Sherwood never expected such a cruel fate. Her father's death has left her penniless, ostracized from Pennsylvania society, and abandoned by her fiancé. All she has now is a grieving mother, two hungry little brothers and no prospects...until a wealthy Kentucky backwoodsman with a deep Scottish burr comes to town--and inspires her to make a most daring move... It's no secret that rugged, roughhewn Scotsman, Ballard MacGregor is ready to marry. Nonetheless, he is surprised by genteel Clover's sudden proposal...and more than pleased. For the lass's sweet innocence is bewitching. But settlement life proves harsh on his refined young wife. And Ballard fears that unless he can awaken her passion and win her love--as she has won his--he may lose his Kentucky bride...
Welcome back to Hollow Bend, Kentucky, where love (and laughter) are just around the corner. When Andrew Bateman rolls into town in the midst of a snow storm, his first thought is that the place is hardly big enough for a dog crate, let alone the vet practice he's looking for. Next thing he knows, his life is flashing in front of him--a depressingly short flash--as he skids right into the side of the local bar. Things start looking up when the vision he wakes to is not the Angel of Death, but a doctor. Well, actually a vet. Make that a vet tech, wearing red mittens. Who invites him home, where every inch is covered in holiday sparkles, cookies to be decorated, and an odd assortment of stray dogs, cats and puppies. . . There's nothing merrier than a white Christmas in Kentucky! 33,000 Words
From the front flap: From photo finishes to the long-shot money winners, the Kentucky Derby is an American institution that thrives on the excitement of sport. And just like its counterparts-the Superbowl, the World Series, and the Indy 500-there are legends and stories to be told that exemplify the fervor that begins in Lexington nearly a whole month before the race. Kentucky Derby Stories captures that spirit with fifteen stories, both old and new, that feature the best moments in the Derby's history, Bolus spotlights the men and women who began and maintained the race-from the black jockeys to "Mr. Derby" Col. Matt Winn to Ben Jones, the Derby's most remembered trainer. This collection also focuses an eye on the runners, some whose greatness was a surprise to all. Some have been geldings, others competitors in famed rivalries, and there are those who came from nowhere to win the race. No matter what the circumstances of the victory, Bolus takes note of the most memorable horses decorating the winner's circle. Finally, this compilation looks at the unique elements of the Derby as seen over more than a century. Who are the celebrities who attend and have their stake in the race? What overseas nation is taking "a winner's interest in the Derby? These are just a few of the unpredictable sides of the run Bolus and his stories introduce. A horse racing historian, author Bolus is a native of the Bluegrass State who has not missed a Derby since he was sixteen years old. His love for the race inspired him to interview past and present jockeys, owners, trainers, and fans and record many of the unique aspects of the Derby's history.
Having won the Santa Anita Derby, Trish and her horse look forward to competing in the Kentucky Derby, until a series of misfortunes interferes with their dream.
Now widowed, Nealy Diamond Clay continues running her successful Thoroughbred farm. When her adult children disappoint her she disowns them. Her late husband's partner, Hatch Littletree, helps her to uncover her past and to heal emotionally. Sequel to Kentucky Rich.
Riveting, often heartbreaking stories that take readers through country that is figuratively and literally unmapped. These stories are set in a nameless community too small to be called a town, a place where wanting an education is a mark of ungodly arrogance and dowsing for water a legitimate occupation. Offutt has received a James Michener Grant and a Kentucky Arts Council Award.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Nealy is retired from managing Blue Diamond Farms. When her daughter runs the thoroughbred stables into the ground and grooms the wrong horse for the Kentucky Derby, Nealy takes action.
The music legend who revived modern bluegrass music, Ricky Skaggs, gives a warm, honest, one-of-a-kind memoir of forty years in music-along with the Ten Commandments of Bluegrass, as handed down by Ricky's mentor Bill Monroe; the Essential Guide to Bedrock Country Songs, a lovingly compiled walk through the songs that have moved Skaggs the most throughout his life; Songs the Lord Taught Us, a primer on Skaggs's most essential gospel songs; and a bevy of personal snapshots of his musical heroes. For readers of Johnny Cash's autobiography, lovers of O Brother Where Art Thou, and fans of country music and bluegrass, Kentucky Traveler is a priceless look at America's most cherished and vibrant musical tradition through the eyes of someone who has lived it.
KENTUCKY! The United States had survived Civil War and expanded West to build a nation from the wilderness. Scarred from that conflict, America felt the pains of growing under President Grant -- then economic turmoil brought ruin to farmers and businessmen alike. Desperate times bred desperate men, and legendary freedom-fighter Toby Holt was charged with finding an assassin plotting against the President's life. Led to the Kentucky hills, Toby rode toward a rendezvous with destiny...and into the arms of a fiery woman whose courage claimed his heart. But deadly guns were aimed at others that Toby loved--from the woman photographer who snapped a picture of the killer, to It. Henry Blake, whose secret mission could cost him his family's trust--and his life.
Trapping, drinking corn whiskey, and carousing with squaws--that was what Spencer Atkins called a perfect life. He wanted no part of a wife and children while he could live in his pa's backwoods cabin as a carefree bachelor. Fresh from the poorhouse, Gretchen Ames had barely escaped bonded servitude. Her hardscrabble past a painful memory, she would marry no man who'd refuse her a home and family. Although they were the unlikeliest couple, Spencer and Gretchen found themselves grudgingly sharing a cabin, working side by side, and fighting an attraction neither could deny. ...
A class project turned company, College Prowler produces guidebooks that are written by actual college students and cover the things students really want to know.
Centers on the abduction of disturbed heiress, Isabel Ireland, whose husband Henry died in a fall from his horse (or a blow to the head) near their estate in Suffolk. Through intriguing letters, diaries and compelling narratives by characters from all levels of 1860s English society, this story follows Isabel's determined cousins to remote Easton Hall, where she's being kept by sinister James Dixey, a purported naturalist with initially murky motives. Dixey's henchmen destroy eggs of endangered bird species and maintain vicious dogs that distress his servants, especially precocious Esther Spalding, an endearing young maid who cares for Isabel in the manor's lonely west wing. In squalid, crime-ridden London, police captain McTurk shrewdly links a shady debt collection service and dramatic train robbery to Isabel's abduction.
Businesswoman Katie Connor thinks herself immune to notorious womanizer Alexi Demetri. . . . So when she finds herself falling for him she decides to run. But unbeknownst to her she's pregnant--and will be tied to the ruthless Greek forever! Though Alexi has sworn never to wed again, marry he must to catch his runaway mistress! And with the threat of a custody battle, Katie has no choice but to become Alexi's convenient wife. Trouble is, Alexi won't be content until he possesses her body. . . and soul!
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