David Nasaw, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Distinguished Professor of History, has served on the doctoral faculty at the Graduate Center since 1990. His biography of William Randolph Hearst, The Chief, won the Bancroft Prize, and his acclaimed biography of Andrew Carnegie was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize and was awarded the New-York Historical Society prize for 2006.
Nasaw’s most recent biography, The Patriarch (2012), based on unrestricted and exclusive access to the papers of his subject Joseph Patrick Kennedy, was named one of the five best nonfiction books of 2012 by the New York Times. His other books include Going Out: The Rise and Fall of Public Amusements, Children of the City: At Work and at Play, and Schooled to Order: A Social History of Public Schooling in the United States. Nasaw earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University.
The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy
Joseph Patrick Kennedy was the patriarch of America's greatest political dynasty. The father of President John F. Kennedy and senators Robert and Edward Kennedy, â€œJoeâ€ Kennedy was trained as a banker, but also became a Hollywood mogul, a stock exchange savant, a shipyard manager, the founding chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and ambassador to London during the Battle of Britain. Yet he has remained shrouded in rumor and prejudice for decades. Drawing on never-before-published material from archives on three continents, Nasaw unearths a man far more complicated than the popular portrait. Though far from a saint, Joseph Kennedy in many ways exemplifies the best in American political, economic, and social life. His rags-to-riches story is one of exclusion and quiet discrimination overcome by entrepreneurship, ingenuity, and unshakable endurance.
Published November 2012
Penguin Press, 2012