For decades, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy (1890-1995) gathered and treasured an ever-growing trove of family memorabilia. This selection, which encompasses hundreds of previously unpublished images, covers almost seven decades, from before Rose's own birth to the aftermath of World War II, in which she lost one of her nine children. Thus, it gives a rare view into the lives of not only Rose, but also her patriarch/diplomat husband Joseph Kennedy and her children, including future president John and future senators Robert and Ted. Granddaughter Caroline Kennedy provides an detailed introduction to this fascinating gathering on one of America's first families.
This well-assembled album, edited by the John F. Kennedy Library with an introduction by Caroline Kennedy, provides an intimate, behind-the-scenes glimpse at one of America's most public families. The Kennedys are shown on their best behavior, during the happy days of the early 1940s, before one daughter was sent away forever, and the eldest son, Joe Jr. died in the war. The editors have attempted to make the family appear relatable, and many readers will connect with mother Rose when, for instance, she writes an endearing note to her son, urging him to make a dentist's appointment or else she will withhold his allowance. But even as the most ordinary childhood milestones are displayed, the significant differences in their status begin to emerge; a photo caption describes Teddy's first communion at the Vatican, and other family photos include celebrities. The "album" ends in 1947, just as John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the U.S. Representative for Massachusetts, leaving readers yearning to see the children continue to grow into their inevitable roles. B&w photos. (Oct.)
"A rare, intimate glimpse of...America's 35th President-to-be, surrounded by the siblings who helped shape him."People
"Fascinating...an intriguing, unique window into the formation of one of the country's most enduring and controversial dynasties."Kirkus Reviews
"A rare, intimate glimpse of...America's 35th President-to-be, surrounded by the siblings who helped shape him."
This volume includes hundreds of never-before-seen photographs from the private collection of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, showing her growing family in intimate moments right up to the launch of John F. Kennedy's career. Caroline Kennedy provides commentary; with a 150,000-copy first printing.
A fascinating album of the Kennedy matriarch's collection of family photos focusing on the first half of the 20th century. As with most photo albums, this one includes, among an abundance of static group shots and portraits, loads of candid shots of happy-seeming children playing sports, holding pets, reaching milestones, at home, at school, at holidays abroad and by the sea. Rose (nee Fitzgerald) and Joseph P. Kennedy's family portraits are densely populated. Their brood, begun with Joe Jr. in 1915, grew to include nine children in all with the birth of Teddy in 1932. As if the sheer size of the clan were not enough to engage the casual observer, what makes these photos particularly interesting is that they are, of course, of the Kennedys. They may look at first glance like an ordinary, if privileged, group of American kids marching (or running, swimming and sledding) inexorably toward maturity through the Jazz Age, the Depression and World War II. But among these sometimes-gawky, sometimes-silly, often proud-looking children are the eerily recognizable young faces of the future president, his attorney general, and the longtime senior senator from Massachusetts. "A mother knows," Rose said of the first time she held her own infant, "that hers is the influence that can make that little, precious being into a leader, an inspiration, a shining light to the world." The handsomely displayed photos are explicated by straightforward history, snippets of family correspondence, and precise and informative captions. The themes of the collection are happiness, innocence and achievement; the collection ends with Jack's successful run for Congress in 1946, with only occasional tastes of the tragedies to come. For students of American politics and history, an intriguing, unique window into the formation of one of the country's most enduring and controversial dynasties.