Joseph P. Kennedy remains one of the most enigmatic and controversial figures in American history. From his humble beginnings as the grandson of Irish immigrants through his meteoric rise to statesman, diplomat, and finally first father, he has been both beloved and vilified. In Hostage to Fortune Amanda Smith has unearthed an extraordinary treasure of her grandfather's correspondence and several unseen photographs in a collection that reveals his metamorphoses. It is not only a living history of Kennedy's life, but also a revelation of his vision of his own family as the embodiment of the American dream.
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