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Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch [Kindle Edition]

Barbara A. Perry
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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A finely crafted, comprehensive account of one of the most driven women in the shadows of American political history. . . . While there are untold numbers of books on the Kennedys, Perry adds archival details and nuance to our understanding of Rose. Kennedy completists and novices alike are sure to find the book fascinating as it further reveals the perspective of the strong woman behind the dynasty. --Lisa Guardarini

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“An insightful portrait of this paradoxical woman.”—People


In her compelling and intimate portrait, presidential historian Barbara A. Perry captures Rose Kennedy’s essential contributions to the incomparable Kennedy dynasty. This biography—the first to draw on an invaluable cache of Rose’s newly released diaries and letters—unearths the complexities behind the impeccable persona she showed the world. The woman who emerges in these pages is a fascinating character: savvy about her family’s reputation and resilient enough to persevere through the unfathomable tragedies that befell her. As a young woman, she defied her father, Boston mayor John Fitzgerald, by marrying ambitious businessman Joseph Kennedy. During Joe’s diplomatic career, she began carefully calibrating her family’s image, stage-managing photo shoots and interviews of her nine children and herself. After husband Joe’s isolationist views on the eve of World War II made him a political liability, Rose took to the campaign trail for son Jack. Her perfectionism, initially a response to the strictures imposed on Catholic women, ultimately created a family portrait that resonated in modern politics and media.

Perry’s account looks past the fanfare, poignantly revealing the matriarch’s vulnerability. Rose sought solace from crushing personal tragedies and a philandering husband in prayer, habitual shopping, travel, and medication. Initially ashamed and afraid of daughter Rosemary’s mental disability, Rose ultimately shined a light on the affliction, raising millions of dollars for disabled children. An indefatigable campaigner for Jack, Bobby, and Teddy, she had an unshakable Catholic faith that informed their compassionate social policies and her daughters’ philanthropies.


The definitive biography, Rose Kennedy provides unequaled access to the life of a remarkable woman who witnessed a century of history and masked her family’s more inconvenient truths while capturing the American imagination.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2624 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (8 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Q6XNUA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #159,133 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book about Rose Kennedy 5 Nov 2013
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If you want to know who had the real power behind the Kennedy men look no further than the mother, wife. Its a gripping read to be able to read from a females role within the Kennedy clan, they usually stayed in the back ground.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book 23 April 2014
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A perfect book for a gift, which is what I wanted it for, a friend who is very interested in the Kennedy family. I would recommend it as a gift for anybody with the same interests.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rose Kennedy 19 Nov 2013
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Although I didn't particularly like the woman, I did enjoy the book. As the title says, she was a Political Matriarch and on the reading the book, I could see that she wasn't very maternal as she preferred shopping in Paris twice a year and staying for a couple of months each time instead of being with her large family. There aren't many women who would be able to do this, financially, but she did have a very rich husband as well as a very unfaithful husband who made this possible. It is an interesting book, though, and I did enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for Kennedy fans 18 Aug 2014
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I didn't know very much about Rose Kennedy, she gets a little overlooked in books that concentrate on the men or Jackie. She had an interesting life before marrying Joe and continued to travel extensively and was very intelligent and knowledgeable about art, culture, was fluent in many languages and, as you'd imagine, politics and child-rearing.
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Goodness me, what a person Rose Kennedy was and what a charmed life she lead. Excellent book, well researched. I only wish I had her energy as well into her 70's she was on The Campaign Trail.
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