- Mass Market Paperback: 1004 pages
- Publisher: Ivy Books; 1st edition (1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0804113610
- ISBN-13: 978-0804113618
- Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 4.2 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,250,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Kennedy Women Mass Market Paperback – Import, 1995
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The Kennedy Women is a virtual feast for Kennedy lovers. The book could serve as a university course on the life of the family, chronicling five matrilineal generations in our nation's foremost political dynasty. It provides a poetic panorama of the history of American womanhood, as we are taken from the life of Bridget Murphy Kennedy, who arrived steerage class on an immigrant vessel to work as a servant in the slums of Boston, to the presentation of Joseph Kennedy's daughters to the Queen of England, to John F. Kennedy's White House, through discussions of the future Kennedy matriarchs Caroline Kennedy Scholossberg, Maria Shriver Schwartzenegger, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, & Rory Kennedy.
Wonderful, in-depth portraits with much new material are given of all the Kennedy women, particularly the ubiquitous Jackie, Ethel, & Eunice, & the mentally challenged Rosemary, whose story in all its horror & duplicity is revealed in detail.
It isn't often that one mourns coming to the end of a book. Although The Kennedy Women covers 933 pages, I was saddened to find myself on the last page.
I was astonished at Joe Kennedy's decision to have Rosemary lobotomized; the passages about her in later years, especailly when her mother, Rose, tried to reconnect with her, were absolutely heartbreaking. That almost hurt my heart more than the more well-known murders and untimely deaths.
I have come away with a new respect for "The Girls", Eunice in particular. What a remarkable family. And an excellent book. I recommend this very highly.
The women, once ideal images of feminity became scorned for being the "ideal helpmate". For years, the press did not want to cover the women in anything other than fashion and family. Although Jackie despised the "little wife" role, she nonetheless went with it for the sake of election.
This book does a good job reconcilling the two methods of examination. For the first time, we get a well rounded picture of America's most famous family as seen through the eyes of women. Thanks to the separate spheres approach that prevailed until the late 20th century. If JFK's sisters were political, it was under the non-threating guise of community service and volunteer work.
Although Rose Kennedy was considered a tradditional matriarch, no other book had touched her subconcious desire to enter into politics or her intial revulsion of Joe Sr's womanizing. Thus, the dislike of Jackie (many people did not realize how much policy making influence she had) becomes all of the more ironic.
Younger generations of Kennedy women such as Kathleen Kennedy Townsend have also continued this tradition, but have sought (and won) elected office in their own right. RFK's youngest daughter, Rory, is an avowed feminist activist. This book would be of interest to anybody studying political dynastys and or the Kennedy family in particular. Because it balances the positives and negatives of it's focus, the book is well balanced and easy to read. Be warry of imitators because this is the definitive work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The condition of the book was as described and I am a happy buyer.Published 4 days ago by Jean Hinders
I learned a lot about the Kennedy women (and some of the men, too) in this well written and well researched book. Read morePublished 28 days ago by BosMA
Books contents are informative and interesting. As for the condition...you get what you pay for and in our case, it was worth the low price.Published 2 months ago by J
Great book. Learned a lot about the Kennedy women I didn't know, especially Rose.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
An outstanding and thoughtful look at an American dynasty. Reads almost like an adventure novel with elements of high romance and nostalgia.Published 4 months ago by Dave H.
Other commentators have done an excellent job reviewing this book, so I won't repeat. But kudos to the author for capturing what I think of as the "Spirit of Irish" as he... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Livi'smom
This was fabulous- you will learn so much about the personalities of the beautiful people in this family and the wonderful women. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Norma Jaffe
I enjoyed this book. There was so much Kennedy material that I lapped up every single tidbit.Published 10 months ago by Freeda Cornelius