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Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter

by Kate Clifford Larson

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What I learned about Rosemary's birth and how childbirth was handled by the medical profession at the time. Which made me angry as Rosemary's problems could have been avoided.

What I learned about the Kennedy family, especially Rosemary's mother. She had some extraordinary ways about her and some good and some not so good (IMO) methods for raising her large family.

That emphasis on education and high achievement worked well for most of the Kennedy children, but not Rosemary. It was heartbreaking to read (hear) in her own words her longing to do well and be accepted by her father. But of course she could never measure up.

Rosemary was sheltered but also included in the upper class life of a well connected family. Some of their decisions about her were to avoid family embarrassment or scandal. At times this was a sad read, but a fascinating as as it touched on many historical events and figures and brought out of the shadows a story that needs to be told so that it won't be repeated in the future.

Highly recommended, especially for those that like to read about history. ( )
  debs4jc | May 28, 2019 |
  EinsteinzVice1970 | Apr 15, 2019 |
Listened to this online through my local library. Never knew anything about Rose Kennedy until I listened. Never even knew she existed until a few years ago. She was an amazing woman. Admirable. ( )
  HarpersOmah | Jan 9, 2019 |
Rose Kennedy does not come off well in the book at all. Numerous times she was too busy to visit her daughter because of trips to Europe. This is the story of a sad life ( )
  velopunk | Nov 1, 2018 |
another look at the Kennedy family but from a different perspective.
  Bakhtin | Oct 27, 2018 |
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Rose Kennedy, pregnant with her third child, felt her contractions beginning on Friday, September 13th.
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They were the most prominent American family of the twentieth century. The daughter they secreted away made all the difference.

Joe and Rose Kennedy’s strikingly beautiful daughter Rosemary attended exclusive schools, was presented as a debutante to the Queen of England, and traveled the world with her high-spirited sisters. And yet, Rosemary was intellectually disabled — a secret fiercely guarded by her powerful and glamorous family. 
Major new sources — Rose Kennedy’s diaries and correspondence, school and doctors' letters, and exclusive family interviews — bring Rosemary alive as a girl adored but left far behind by her competitive siblings. Kate Larson reveals both the sensitive care Rose and Joe gave to Rosemary and then — as the family’s standing reached an apex — the often desperate and duplicitous arrangements the Kennedys made to keep her away from home as she became increasingly intractable in her early twenties. Finally, Larson illuminates Joe’s decision to have Rosemary lobotomized at age twenty-three, and the family's complicity in keeping the secret. 
Rosemary delivers a profoundly moving coda: JFK visited Rosemary for the first time while campaigning in the Midwest; she had been living isolated in a Wisconsin institution for nearly twenty years. Only then did the siblings understand what had happened to Rosemary and bring her home for loving family visits. It was a reckoning that inspired them to direct attention to the plight of the disabled, transforming the lives of millions.

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The revelatory, poignant story of Rosemary Kennedy, the eldest and eventually secreted-away Kennedy daughter, and how her life transformed her family, its women especially, and an entire nation

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