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Author Ronald, Susan, author.

Title The ambassador : Joseph P. Kennedy at the Court of St. James's 1938-1940 / Susan Ronald.

Publication Info. New York : St. Martin's Press, 2021.


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 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  92 Kennedy,J RON    Available
 GDL Montrose Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  92 Kennedy,J RON    Available
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Edition First edition.
Description xxi, 441 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, genealogical tables ; 25 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 379-426) and index.
Summary "On February 18, 1938, Joseph P. Kennedy was sworn in as US Ambassador to the Court of St. James. To say his appointment to the most prestigious and strategic diplomatic post in the world shocked the Establishment was an understatement: known for his profound Irish roots and staunch Catholicism, not to mention his "plain-spoken" opinions and womanizing, he was a curious choice as Europe hurtled toward war. Initially welcomed by the British, in less than two short years Kennedy was loathed by the White House, the State Department and the British Government. Believing firmly that Fascism was the inevitable wave of the future, he consistently misrepresented official US foreign policy internationally as well as direct instructions from FDR himself. The Americans were the first to disown him and the British and the Nazis used Kennedy to their own ends. Through meticulous research and many newly available sources, Ronald confirms in impressive detail what has long been believed by many: that Kennedy was a Fascist sympathizer and an anti-Semite whose only loyalty was to his family's advancement. She also reveals the ambitions of the Kennedy dynasty during this period abroad, as they sought to enter the world of high society London and establish themselves as America's first family."-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Part I: The winters of our discontent. The president's man -- An imperfect family portrait -- The presidential envoy -- The importance of being catholic -- Project Kennedy -- "The loaded pause" -- The movie mogul and the trade deal -- The last family Christmas -- Part II: Sunshine at the Court of St. James's. The celebrity ambassador -- Hitting the ground running -- "Spring manoeuvres" -- The pilgrims -- The English swans -- Trading insults -- The emerald isle and "case green" -- To be or not to be-president -- Return to Albion -- A French interlude -- Part III: Sunset and "the gathering storm". The "faraway country" -- Trafalgar Day -- The ambassador and the Jews -- A welter of ruffled feathers -- A coronation to remember -- "A wave of perverse optimism" -- The last season -- "This country is at war with Germany" -- Part IV: Into the darkness. Sinking the SS Athenia -- "Depressed beyond words" -- "Beware the bear" -- Shadowing Welles -- Kennedy and the "king's weather" -- A treacherous friend -- "Jittery Joe" -- Come hell or high water -- The dragon slayers.
Subject Kennedy, Joseph P. (Joseph Patrick), 1888-1969.
Ambassadors -- United States -- Biography.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Diplomatic history.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1933-1945.
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- 1936-1945.
Kennedy, Joseph P. (Joseph Patrick), 1888-1969 -- Political and social views.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- United States.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Added Title Joseph P. Kennedy at the Court of St. James's 1938-1940
ISBN 9781250238726 hardcover
1250238722 hardcover
Standard No. 40030697679

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