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  • PDF | Unknown pages
  • Fawcett (1972)
  • English
  • 9
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By Michael Barret on October 3, 2016

    Taylor Caldwell is a wonderful writer!! (deceased)She wrote this wonderful novel, to show the young people of America (and the world) how the government, political, and business systems run the world. If you step back from the planet and view it all objectively you can see that it's filled with truth's. I highly recommend this novel. (fiction)

  • By Ritac on March 8, 2017

    First read this novel way back in the middle of the last century (1972) and I loved it then. Obviously others did too because they made a mini series for TV starring a very young Richard Jordan and an absolutely fantastic cast of big time actors. Supposedly, this historical novel is based on the Kennedys, the Rockefellers, and other well-known politicians of the time. It chronicles the arrival of a poor Irish immigrant family who rose to greatness by producing the first Irish Catholic President of the United States. Taylor Caldwell is not easy to read but she is interesting. Her research is impeccable and she knows how to weave a good story. If the book is too much heavy reading, I highly recommend viewing the mini series of the same name if you can find it

  • By Charles Kovacs on July 14, 2017

    Taylor Caldwell started writing in the late 1930's and in a few years became a best selling author much disliked and ignored by the US Establishment of the time which was already quite liberal regardless of party label. This was due to her abiding espousal of traditional American and Christian ideals and values which are very evident in her books. Captains and the Kings (CAK) was written much later (1972) in her career, almst 40 years after the start of the New Deal and during the domestic turmoil of the Vietnam War.CAK is a very long book, but thanks to the author's literary skill, it is never boring and even the long descriptions serve to increase the suspense of what is to come. The descriptive paragraphs and pages can be skipped, but to do so is to miss some good English prose. The plot is a saga of a dreadfully poor Irish immigrant becoming a very wealthy man, sounds familiar. What makes CAK different is that the book is permeated with Caldwell's political and social views - much of them similar to Ayn Rand's but softened by the author's Christian morality. Even so, her abiding contempt for politicians and for moochers and losers is clear enough, and in view of we have seen since 1972, some of this book may appear as prophetic.Unfortunately, CAK also revolves around the doings of an international conspiracy which the author claims has been running the world for at least 200 years. This conspiracy is not of the anti-Semitic canard variety; indeed Jews are rarely mentioned in this book and then sympathetically, and is leaders here are mainly Protestant Americans, some named. It is a tribute to the author's ability that the book remains a page turner in spite of its improbable premise.Perhaps five stars is too generous a rating, but this is a powerful book and should be widely read in view of how our world developed since 1972.

  • By Lesmiz junkie on December 25, 2016

    ****SOME SPOILERS****I think Taylor Caldwell really has a gift for characterization.She claimed that it was not based on the Kennedy family. You have to decide that for yourself.The Joe Kennedy is represented in Joseph Armagh.A very young Joseph Armagh escapes the Ireland potato famine and takes care of his younger brother and sister placed in an orphanage. Along this journey of strife and the illegal business practices of the Robber Barons, he accrues a fortune at the level of the Goulds and the Vanderbilts and brings his siblings into the world of splendor he has created.I don't know enough about the relationship between Joe and Rose Kennedy.I do know her father was the mayor of Boston and involved in politics.With Joseph, he marries the daughter of Senator Hennessey.The sad irony is that Joseph has two loves in his life and neither is his wife Bernadette who is a feminine version of the lying gregarious Tom Hennessy.The first love is tender and revered almost like a glorified angel someone forever adored. The later one is loving, trustworthy, intelligent and sensitive--a true love that Joseph so desperately needs. Both ironically had been wives of Tom Hennessy.The second half has to do more with the oldest son Rory whom Joseph is determined to make the first Irish Catholic president of the United States.It is a page turner; however, it is a very dark novel.If you want to get the same basic story that is not so dark, I would recommend watching the wonderful miniseries. There are some extreme changes but the basic story is there.

  • By RonK on December 21, 2017

    --I've read this story several times. I felt as though I was thinking and observing through the main character's eyes. It really portrays the depths of grit of an individual and the struggle for the common man in the early days of modern commerce. I lost my original copy and needed another since I want to read it again.--

  • By Kindle Customer on August 25, 2017

    She's a great story teller. Her characters are always fully dimensional, never a stereotype. She is a wordsmith par excellence. This book may instill a very healthy cynicism toward politicians and all those who claim to know what's best for the rest of us and can use their power, position or money to bully, intimidate, pander and appease. This is a great read, very long with much detail and descriptive prose. The story never gets off track but it does go into great detail on subjects that many readers will be wholly unfamiliar with and so will be forced to wrestle with moral and spiritual issues that may not be comfortable or comforting. This is not a light romp. However, it's guaranteed to enrich and expand your mind and vocabulary.


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