Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch

Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch

by Barbara A. Perry
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Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch by Barbara A. Perry

“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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393349467
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/21/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 605,736
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Barbara A. Perry, a well-known authority on the Kennedys, is a Senior Fellow in the Presidential Oral History Program at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center. As part of her extensive research on the American presidency, she interviews prominent members of previous administrations. She is the author of Jacqueline Kennedy: First Lady of the New Frontier, among other works, and lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Chapter 1 Honey Fitz's Daughter 9

Chapter 2 "Your Obedient Child" 22

Chapter 3 Joe's Wife 43

Chapter 4 Mother of Nine 67

Chapter 5 Mater Admirabilis 95

Chapter 6 Ambassadress Extraordinaire 124

Chapter 7 Pluperfect Rose 145

Chapter 8 Gold Star Mother 174

Chapter 9 Matriarch of a Political Dynasty 196

Chapter 10 Mother of the President 225

Chapter 11 Mater Dolorosa 251

Chapter 12 Stabat Mater 278

Chapter 13 Times Remembered 299

Epilogue 328

Acknowledgments 337

Notes 343

Photograph Credits 377

Index 381

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Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
EG678 More than 1 year ago
John Kennedy may be the most famous of this political clan, but the matriarch of the family was Rose Kennedy. This insightful book into the life of Rose Kennedy is well written, well researched, and just a plain old darn good book.
Jamie6 More than 1 year ago
Barbar A. Perry's book Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch is a very well researched book. I found the writing easy to follow and the insights incredible. I highly recommend this book.
JonathanBell More than 1 year ago
A remarkable story about Rose Kennedy's life and the influence she had on the American political system.
IzzyBIB More than 1 year ago
A very detailed look into the private life of Rose Kennedy. It is well researched and presented with highly adept writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A well researched and written book. Rose Kennedy was a remarkable woman. Highly recommend this book. The author has such insight to Mrs. Kennedy. I read first the Patriach, Joseph Kennedy by David Nassaw. Recommend reading the Patriach and then Rose Kennedy. Two people who gave so much and lost so much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a high school student during the early 1960's, I was impressed by John Kennedy and then by the Kennedy clan. Over the years I became more familiar with him and his family. However, not until Professor Perry's book on Rose Kennedy did I ever know much about the family matriarch. Little did I realize Ms. Kennedy had so much influence on her family. I suppose I had always assumed her husband Joe ran the family. Now, as a result of Professor Perry's extensive research and interviews with key players, I have a much better concept of how the family operated. I had not know how much adversity was experienced by the Kennedys and especially Ms. Kennedy. We all were familiar with the deaths of Joe, Jr., JFK and Bobby. But, there was so much more. I highly recommend this book to anyone who would be interested in learning more about this famous family.
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He smiled at his parents....lets go to our book hope...he turned into a werewolf and raced there...
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We will have our book her