The Kennedy Women

The Kennedy Women

The Saga of An American Family

Book - 1994
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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 have 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 now tells their 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 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
Publisher: New York : Villard Books, 1994.
ISBN: 9780804113618
Characteristics: x, 933 p., [32] p. of plates :,ill., ports. ;,25 cm.


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Jul 04, 2011

I found this book to be very well written and engaging. Yes, at times it's a little repetitive. However, it's also very well researched, respectful of the subject matter and thoughtfully constructed. I have learned a lot about this important, dynastic family.

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