THE KENNEDYS: America's Emerald Kings is a colossal work that
details not only the better-known family names, but also the lesser
known figures at the roots of the Kennedy legacy.
Maier starts his story by introducing Irish immigrant Patrick
Kennedy as he arrives in Brahmin-laced Boston in 1848. Like many
Irish immigrants he is escaping the hardships of the Potato Famine.
The book describes Kennedy's struggles in Boston and his untimely
death nine years later as he leaves his wife Bridgett a widow with
four mouths to feed.
Readers will be interested to learn that Kennedy's four children
were listed as