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The Irish Brotherhood is the history of Jack Kennedy''s original political inner circle. Led by Bobby Kennedy, Kenny O''Donnell, Larry O''Brien, and Dave Powers they were tough minded, Irish–Catholic guys who were joined together by a common ambition to see Jack Kennedy through to the White House. War veterans who were young, ambitious, and they wanted their country back. Jack Kennedy was their man, their leader. No matter that he was Irish, Catholic, and his "Old Man" had made as many enemies as friends—Jack had ambition, brains, a special charisma. To win the White House would be a victory not only for Jack Kennedy, but for the downtrodden. They collectively decided that if the political powers would not let them in willingly then they would kick the door down. At the center of the story is Kenny O''Donnell, Jack Kennedy''s tough talking, no–bullshit, top political aide. Jack recognized he needed Kenny''s blue collar, political genius and Kenny recognized something special in Jack.



The Irish Brotherhood describes what it was like to be inside the Kennedy inner circle. With Bobby, who was determined to make his own mark apart from his famous family, his life–long struggle, never won, never lost. With Joe, as Kenny and Larry prove to him that their outsider approach was going to work after Jack''s crushing victory in ''58, which sets the stage for the Presidential campaign to come. This book is a missing piece of the story of the improbable rise to power of John F. Kennedy and further fills out the picture of the man revealing that Jack Kennedy was at heart a politician. He enjoyed the rough and tumble and despite his personal issues, or perhaps because of them, he became determined to succeed beyond anybody''s expectations. It is intriguing an indelible portrait of the son, brother, friend, Congressman, Senator and President.

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"This lively account...will appeal to a wide range of audiences; general readers will relish the flowing, fast–paced anecdotes and informed readers and scholars will value insights into pre­social media mid–20th–century politics." — Library Journal

"Swollen with a daughter''s pride but also full of gripping detail." — Kirkus

About the Author

Helen O''Donnell is the daughter of John F. Kennedy''s top–gun political aide, Kenneth P. O''Donnell. Ms. O''Donnell is the author of A Common Good: The Friendship of Robert F. Kennedy and Kenneth P. O''Donnell. She also worked with Chris Matthews of MSNBC''s Hardball on his 2012 book Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero. She lives in Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

Kenneth "Kenny" O''Donnell, Sr was a war hero and a graduate of Harvard University where he played football with Robert F. Kennedy. Through his relationship with Bobby, he became Jack Kennedy''s top political aide during the 1950s. In 1960, he worked hand in glove with Jack and Bobby as they designed and drove the Kennedy Machine to victory.

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Catelli
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Well Written - Surprising and Insightful
Reviewed in the United States on December 1, 2020
Very surprising and insightful book - kept my interest - easy to fact check. Perfect name "Irish Brotherhood" for these long time friends and the stress they were in and under during a great difficult era and time.
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as well as some annoying and unnecessary anecdotes
Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2016
This is a book of some strengths and many weaknesses. It is somewhat of an insider''s view, in the "as told to" category, but it suffers from repetitive writing, an admitted bias toward the author''s subject matter (her father and his role in the Kennedy administration), and... See more
This is a book of some strengths and many weaknesses. It is somewhat of an insider''s view, in the "as told to" category, but it suffers from repetitive writing, an admitted bias toward the author''s subject matter (her father and his role in the Kennedy administration), and lapses in fact-checking, as well as some annoying and unnecessary anecdotes.

The most glaring error is the author''s statement on page 309 that Patrick Lucey was "Wisconsin''s governor" in 1960 and, as a governor of a Midwestern state, could overcome the reluctance of Ohio''s governor to come out in support of Senator John F. Kennedy. Lucey was indeed a strong JFK supporter and played a crucial role in JFK''s victory in the Wisconsin primary. But he didn''t become Wisconsin''s governor until 1971. At the time of the Wisconsin primary, he was Chairman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party. (See [...].) My mother was Lucey''s Vice Chair in the early 1960s after JFK became President.

An example of the annoying repetition is the author''s repeated statements that Wisconsin is a cold place in winter. Having lived in Wisconsin and Massachusetts, where Kenneth O''Donnell and the Kennedys were from, I can attest to the fact that Massachusetts is just about as cold as Wisconsin, and usually more snowy. As the critic and naturalist Joseph Wood Krutch once wrote, "The most serious charge which can be brought against New England is not Puritanism but February."

The author can be applauded for her dedication to the memory of her father, who, she writes, died before she could form a complete picture of him on her own. But, although she seems to intend her book to be an objective account of her father''s service to JFK, it is not. The lack of objectivity makes the reader unsure whether the author''s father deserves the full measure of credit for JFK''s political success that the author would like to give. This book needed to be written, but by someone more objective, and it needed the guiding hand of a good editor.
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The Irish Brotherhood gives great insight into Kenney and JFK''s personalities and their working ...
Reviewed in the United States on January 25, 2016
I have read many books about JFK. The Irish Brotherhood gives great insight into Kenney and JFK''s personalities and their working relationship. It was well written and I really enjoyed it. It is definitely a book to read if JFK is someone you are interested in. I... See more
I have read many books about JFK. The Irish Brotherhood gives great insight into Kenney and JFK''s personalities and their working relationship. It was well written and I really enjoyed it. It is definitely a book to read if JFK is someone you are interested in.
I wish it would have gone into the presidency.
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Bill Murphy
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Kennedy personalized in O''Donnell''s Irish Brotherhood !
Reviewed in the United States on August 7, 2015
Generally it more recollections from Kenny O''Donnell''s time with JFK ! I read his and Dave powers book Johnny We Hardley Knew Ye years ago ! More of the same put together by his loving daughter Helen ! A more personal look at the political , and personal relationships in... See more
Generally it more recollections from Kenny O''Donnell''s time with JFK ! I read his and Dave powers book Johnny We Hardley Knew Ye years ago ! More of the same put together by his loving daughter Helen ! A more personal look at the political , and personal relationships in the Kennedy inner circle ! Good Read !
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Marty Fuentes
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2017
OK outer cover torn
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Kris Kelly
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2017
Great book - I highly recommend to anyone who is a JFK/KOD/RFK Fan
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Bill Driscoll
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2015
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Jill T Smith
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typo on the second page??
Reviewed in the United States on May 8, 2015
Was very excited to start this book - and then so disappointed to find a typo on the second page. Jack Kennedy was not the third child of Rose & Joe Kennedy - he was the second, contrary to what is written in the book. How is the reader supposed to take this book seriously... See more
Was very excited to start this book - and then so disappointed to find a typo on the second page. Jack Kennedy was not the third child of Rose & Joe Kennedy - he was the second, contrary to what is written in the book. How is the reader supposed to take this book seriously if it the writer makes sloppy mistakes like this??
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A Christmas present
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 12, 2015
this is a present for my husband who worked at the White House with JFK, loooong time ago.
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