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The Kennedy Women: The Saga of an American Family
     

The Kennedy Women: The Saga of an American Family

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by Laurence Leamer, Sandra Burr (Read by)
 

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"A FRESH AND UNVARNISHED PORTRAIT OF A FASCINATING, TALENTED, AND DEEPLY FLAWED FAMILY."
—Boston Herald

Laurence Leamer was granted unheralded access to private Kennedy papers, and he interviewed family and old friends, many of whom had never been interviewed before, for this incredible portrait of the women in America’s "royal

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"A FRESH AND UNVARNISHED PORTRAIT OF A FASCINATING, TALENTED, AND DEEPLY FLAWED FAMILY."
—Boston Herald

Laurence Leamer was granted unheralded access to private Kennedy papers, and he interviewed family and old friends, many of whom had never been interviewed before, for this incredible portrait of the women in America’s "royal family." From Bridget Murphy, the foremother who touched shore at East Boston in 1849, to the intelligent, independent Kennedy women of today, Laurence Leamer tells their unforgettable stories.

Here are the private thoughts of Kathleen, the flirtatious debutante in prewar England . . . the truth behind Joe Kennedy’s insistence that his mildly retarded daughter, Rosemary, be lobotomized . . . the real story behind Joan and Ted’s whirlwind romance . . . Jackie’s desire for a divorce from JFK in the 1950s . . . Pat Lawford’s disastrous Hollywood marriage . . . how Caroline discovered her cousin David’s death by overdose, and more.

Tough enough to withstand the unimaginable, these Kennedy women soldier on in the name of their extraordinary family and what they believe is right.

"MASTERFUL . . . AN ENDLESSLY FASCINATING READ . . . A wealth of beautifully rendered social detail, at times reading like a realist novel by Edith Wharton . . . [A] page-turner from start to finish."
—The Dallas Morning News

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Five generations of Kennedys are chronicled in this unauthorized biography of the women who helped shape the image of this enduring dynasty. (June)
Library Journal
This intimate portrait of five generations of Kennedy women is the basis for a minidocudrama airing in October.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578150151
Publisher:
Media Books, L. L. C.
Publication date:
01/01/2000
Edition description:
2 Cassettes
Product dimensions:
4.26(w) x 7.17(h) x 0.68(d)

Meet the Author

Laurence Leamer has written many bestsellers, including The Kennedy Women, The Kennedy Men, and Sons of Camelot. He lives in Washington, D.C. and Palm Beach, Florida.

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The Kennedy Women: The Saga of an American Family 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was wonderful! I couldn't put it down and since finnishing it I have re-read it a number of times. Each time finding something new and interesting about each of the Kennedy women. They certainly are an amazing group.
nickanmaxie More than 1 year ago
From other books that I read I always felt sorry for Rose Kennedy. I now only feel sorry for her children. What an uncaring Mother and Grandmother. She raised uncaring and unfeeling children. The only "good" Mother as far as I can see was Jackie Kennedy. There is so much that I have learned from this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought I knew a fair amount about the Kennedy's in general but this book was so insighful as to why the Kennedy's are the way they are. Every generation learned from the one before it. Those lessons were often about greed, lust and privledge. The Kennedy women always put the men first: fathers, husbands and brothers. Sadly the women were victims of the times in terms of religious upbringing and a total lack of sexual insight. For all their entitlement there was often a loneliness that was not shared aloud but endured. Eunice Shriver passed away as I was finishing the book and Ted soon after. Eunice would have far outshined her brother had she been a man. I am old enough to remember Teddy as he was so have never been impressed by him. I do however respect him for being the father figure to all his siblings children - in that role he truly shined.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderfully written book going into great detail and to an extent that i have never before seen in a book about the Kennedy women. I highly recommend it to anyone that has an interest in the wonderful Kennedy family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From 1849-1994, is an unbelievable amount of facts about our royal family. One will be dazzled by all the new revelations. This is a book that cannot be put down. PLEASE E-MAIL ME ABOUT JACKIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book reveales all of your unanswered questions about America's 'royal' family.Amazing photographs of the Kennedy girl's weddings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All the Kennedy women, past and present are detailed. The author spends a lot of time on Rose Kennedy and it was very interesting, since I knew very little about here. It seemed rushed at the end for the current generation, Maria Shriver, Caroline Schlossberg, etc.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very interesting, but felt it brushed over some more important aspects of the Kennedy women that married into the family. It did provide a lot of detail if you don't know much about them, but I felt a lot of it was very mundane. I have read many books on the kennedy's and this one had many parts that just didn't hold my interest. I find I know more about some of the Kennedy men after reading this as well.