Captains and kings book review
CAPTAINS AND THE KINGS by Taylor Caldwell | Kirkus ReviewsSecrets … secrets … They grow like fungi in Taylor Caldwell's jungle of a novel. But you must believe me. By Taylor Caldwell. A terrible secret, you see, obstructs Courtney's marriage to Ann Marie. And so it goes throughout this murky family history, which begins when Joseph Francis Xavier Armagh an immigrant lad has the good fortune to find himself the sole heir of one of the early Titusville, Pa. The Armagh chronicle ends with the sudden and rather mysterious death of Rory, a rising politician who was about to …. Miss Caldwell's ladies — appropriately—have a decidedly ornithological bent.
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Start by marking “Captains and the Kings” as Want to Read: Joseph Francis Xavier Armagh was thirteen years old when he first saw America through a dirty porthole on the steerage deck of The Irish Queen. Taylor Caldwell was born in Manchester, England.
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Captains and the Kings is a historical novel by Taylor Caldwell chronicling the rise to wealth and power of an Irish immigrant, Joseph Francis Xavier Armagh, who emigrates as a penniless teenager to the United States , along with his younger brother and baby sister, only for their parents to die shortly afterwards. Joseph Armagh befriends a Lebanese immigrant, and both are taken under the tutelage of an American plutocrat. An inter-generational saga focusing on the themes of the American dream, discrimination and bigotry in American life, and of history as made by a cabal of the rich and powerful, through Armagh's attempt to make his eldest son, who eventually becomes a senator, the first Catholic President of the United States. Young Joseph Armagh, recently of Ireland, who promised his dying mother to care for his younger siblings lands in Boston. His determination carries him through years of shady-deal making and his gradual accumulation of wealth and power.