The Kennedys Amidst the Gathering Storm by Will Swift
News About Author Reviews Chapter Photos Order Contact


  Will Swift, Ph.D. About the Author

WILL SWIFT, Ph.D., has written for over twenty years on American leaders and British royalty of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. At the age of twelve, watching President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address in January 1961 led to Dr. Swift’s lifelong interest in politics. He is the author of The Roosevelts and the Royals (Wiley, 2004). It tells the story of two ruling dynasties-the Roosevelts and the British Royal Family- and their interactions over a one hundred twenty-five year period. Swift founded the Royalty Bookshop in Manhattan and the history and collecting journal Sceptre, and he has curated several major historical exhibitions, including one celebrating the Queen Mother’s 100th birthday in 2000. He grew up in a suburb of Boston, spent his summers as a child (with his cousin, novelist James Wilcox) on Cape Cod, and has worked in Hyannisport, Mass. where he first met Kennedy family members during the turbulent summer of 1968. Will Swift is also a practicing clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive and marital therapy. He particularly enjoys exploring psychological and political insights about the relationships of world leaders and discovering facts which help repair historical reputations.  Swift lives in Manhattan and in the historic Nathan Wild House, once visited by FDR, in Valatie, New York.

Read Will Swift's Op-Ed piece "A Fresh View of Joseph P. Kennedy's Ambassadorship to Great Britain" (March 31, 2008)



The Kennedys Amidst the Gathering Storm: A Thousand Days in London, 1938-1940
by Will Swift
Smithsonian Books: April 2008; ISBN-10: 0061173576; ISBN-13: 978-0061173561; Hardcover/Paperback; 352 pages
Now available at Amazon,, or your local bookstore

Site design by Ed Randall