While it is true that the author was asked by the Kennedy family to write this biography and given full access to the family archives, it is by no means hagiographic. It paints a frank, honest and colorful picture, without leaving out the unbecoming details of this very complex and influential man. First chairman of the SEC, Ambassador to Great Britain during the Hitler era, titan of industry and finance, outrageous womanizer, devoted family man. This reads like a front seat to the history of his era. Though the personality that comes through is not always lovely, it is without fail compulsive reading.