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  1. Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch
    Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch
    Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch
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  2. Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch

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An unprecedented look at the life of Rose Kennedy reveals the private woman who became a political legend.

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.

16 pages of photographs

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Barbara A. Perry
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An excellent biography is one that - along with giving you clearly written information - gives very little glimpse of the author's personal opinion of the subject. Barbara Perry's new biography, "Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch" is a straightforward look at Rose Kennedy and her life and her influence on the people around her.

I think most people reading this review have the basic outline of Rose's life pretty well fixed. Born in 1890 to an up-and-coming Irish-American politician in Boston and his wife, she died at the age of 104, having buried four of her nine children and having lived through two world wars and a financial depression as well as other personal upheavals. Rose was the loving/enabling wife of a charismatic man who treated her financially better than he treated her emotionally. She was also the mother/matriarch of one of the most important American political dynasties. She was also a staunch Catholic, whose devotion to her faith... Read more
An interesting look at the inside of the Kennedy marriage from the matriarchs diary and words. It is hard to decide if Rose's love affair was with her husband or with the church. She was proud of being the mother of nine children and undoubtedly suffered their loss. She was not the typical housewife with nine children, but very determined to erase the taint of the immigrant Irish through education. The question pervades that what kind of a person and mother would she have been without all that money. A husband who was a philander,the only way she could make her life work was to be in the spotlight by buying beautiful clothes and going on trips without her children. This book does not show a warm mother, but a mother not to be disappointed. Her love of her lifestyle and acceptance of her married life did not teach her sons how to respect women.
Rose had to put up with so much, from the cheating that her father did to the cheating that her husband did that I think she just learned to look away. I think that if her father hadn't sent her to the convent when she was so young and impressionable, she would have been a totally different kind of woman. I don't think she would have been so complacent in her marriage. She showed signs of having an independent mind when she was young, but I really think those nuns and the regimented existence of the Sacred Heart convent squeezed any independence right out of her.
I know she grieved terribly when young Joe was lost, but I really think that when Kathleen died, in Roses mind, she deserved what she got. I think she was threatened by Kathleen's independence and thought that this was her punishment for not following Catholic law. When she lost Jack and then Bobby, I think that while she was grieving for them, she kind of thought of them as martyrs.
The thing I really... Read more
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