The author shows the experiences of the two noteworthy families, who knew each other well in the years immediately before World War II, when Joseph P. Kennedy Senior served as United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James, and continued afterward, through the tumultuous decades that followed. The author manages to find fresh insights about both families, who lived the truth of Tolstoy's statement that "each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." The book also furthers this reviewer's belief that famous people travel in packs.
The author's engaging, fluid style makes even familiar material exciting to read. Anyone interested in 20th Century history should read this.