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Rose Kennedy's Family Album: From the Fitzgerald Kennedy Private Collection, 1878-1946 [Hardcover]

Caroline Kennedy

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31 Oct 2013
A selection of more than 400 photos collected by Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, most never seen before, featuring the beloved and revered Kennedy family: This remarkable history dates from 1878 through 1946 - up to the aftermath of WWII and the beginning of JFK's political career - and covers everything from the family's first home to beach vacations, from children's birthdays to first Communions. The images capture the formative years of a uniquely American dynasty, imparting a glowing nostalgia to the period and detailing the family's progress as it grows from a pair of turn-of-the-century newlyweds into a populous, vibrant clan of hopeful young men and women on the brink of their brilliant destinies. This is a piece of Americana that readers will treasure.


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"Fascinating...an intriguing, unique window into the formation of one of the country's most enduring and controversial dynasties." "Kirkus Reviews""

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A selection of more than 300 photos collected by Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, most never seen before, featuring the beloved and revered Kennedy family.


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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Family Album, Personal and Wonderful 9 Oct 2013
By Robin - Published on Amazon.com
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At the start of this personal, unique album of family pictures is a typed note from Rose Kennedy asking her children to stop removing photographs as if they don't, "it will not be interesting" to people. It's hard to imagine that this rare collection could be less than fascinating, but thank heavens Rose wrote it when she did. This album, which begins with childhood pictures of Rose and Joseph P. Kennedy and ends with JFK's congressional campaign is more than the sum of its parts. Though the book is filled with comments, quotes, letters and snapshots, it's the continuity and the passage of time that fascinates.

Here, for example is Rose, smiling wide with her tiny children. Here's another of her skating with her husband and looking like a teenager, though she has five or six children. These pictures are so strikingly different from the dignified icon we saw in later years. Early pictures of Joseph, with his small children are equally surprising. He's handsome, and for the first ten or twelve years of their marriage he is there a lot, on the beach, sitting on the steps of a beach rental.

Later as time goes on, it's Rose's daughters who look carefree, and Joe is not around so much. But there are touching notes from him to his wife, and funny pictures with pets,lots of pets. Everyone wears wonderful clothes. Pictures of little girls in perfect matching hats. In most old photos from the twenties mens's suits look rumpled, many women look dumpy. Not these women! Not these suits.

The Kennedys had great cameras. Many if these pictures, taken a hundred years ago, look crisp and bright, as though they were shot last week. The letters and notes add a lot as does the introduction and comments by Caroline Kennedy.

Apparently this album is one of fifty owned by the Kennedy library. I completely enjoyed it. I hope that more of the collection is published someday.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RELIVING THE KENNEDY DYNASTY THRU NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN PHOTOS 10 Oct 2013
By Khamneithang Vaiphei - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Awesome never-before-seen photographs of the Kennedy family from the personal collection of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy is a treat for fans and critics of America's most loved and enduring political dynasty. Readers will get to see the formative years of America's 35th president and the family behind his rise to power. It is a treasure-trove, and will be highly cherished by admirers of the Kennedy family.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!!! 10 Nov 2013
By Mary-Caryl Ferdenzi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have enjoyed reading about The Kennedy and Fitzgerald Families since the time I was three years of age....this book was yet just another bonus to my already extensive collection!!! LOVED IT!!!

Mary-Caryl Shannahan Ferdenzi
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Wonderful 10 Nov 2013
By Leslie Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
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I own over 600 books about the Kennedy family, so it is very difficult to find photos that I have't already seen. But - I found some here! This book is wonderful - truly like a family scrapbook. I love it!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FOR THE KENNEDY FAMILY HISTORY FAN...A GREAT BOOK. 13 Nov 2013
By Donald Carroll - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this as a birthday present for a Kennedy buff and enjoyed it so much that I purchased my own copy. Very well done...Love the combination of personal letters and notes along with the photos...Left me wanting more...Very inclusive of ALL the Kennedy clan not just JFK. Excellent book!
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