Joe Kennedy: Not a Bootlegger or a Nazi, But a Hardcore Non-Interventionist

“He’s Zelig, he’s everywhere – from World War I to World War II
to the Cold War to the New Frontier,” says David Nasaw, author of
The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of
Joseph P. Kennedy. “If you look at the world the way
[Kennedy] looks at it, your understanding of 20th Century American
history is enormously expanded.”Nasaw, a professor of history at the Graduate Center of the City
University of New York, spoke with Reason TV’s Nick Gillespie about
his best-selling biography of the father of JFK, RFK, and Teddy
Kennedy. Nasaw argues that Kennedy, who served as the American
ambassador to Great Britain during World War II, was never pro-Nazi
but was consistently against military intervention even during the
Cold War. And to the disappointment of Kennedy haters everywhere,
Nasaw debunks the myth that Joe made a fortune via bootlegging
during Prohibition. In fact, those stories about Kennedy Sr., who
passed multiple security checks by the FBI while serving multiple
presidents, only surfaced in the late ’60s when JFK assassination
buffs tried to tie the family to the mob.About 8 minutes.Produced by Anthony L. Fisher. Camera by Jim Epstein and
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Joe Kennedy: Not a Bootlegger or a Nazi, But a Hardcore Non-Interventionist

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