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by Laurence Leamer

In this searingly honest story, social historian Laurence Leamer provides an in-depth, but highly sensitive, look at the mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters who helped forge a family legacy of fortitude and political triumph. The Kennedy Women chronicles five generations of women to offer a bold, compelling account of this famous dynasty. Brimming with triumph and tragedy, courage and compliance, self-sacrifice and self-delusion, it is more an epic saga than a story of distinguished cultural history. From the slums of Boston to the Court of St. James's, from Hollywood to the White House and beyond, Leamer shows how the female influence of faith and courage can be traced every step of the way. Receiving unprecedented cooperation from family members, Leamer interviewed scores of relatives and close associates, and gained access to hundreds of personal documents to reveal the Kennedys as never before.
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ISBN: 0804113610
ISBN13: 978-0804113618
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: Historical
Author: Laurence Leamer
Language: English
Publisher: Ivy Books; 1st edition (1995)
ePUB size: 1425 kb
FB2 size: 1777 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 355
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I am glad that I bought this book. For years it was mostly Jackie or her mother-in-law that we new of through politics and national news media. Here is a real history starting with the great grandparents of President Kennedy, Bridget Murphy and the man she met on her trans-Atlantic voyage to America, Patrick Kennedy. They married shortly after arriving here, and started a family. Tragedy started then. That aside, I loved what I found out about this woman and her ''can do'' attitude, and her struggle to keep her small children with her, after the untimely death of her 35 year old husband.
A lot to learn about Rose Kennedy too, who was by birth a Fitzgerald. Why she put up with such cheating by her husband.
The book is more than 800 pages, and so far I will have to say that it is almost like watching a movie, just by reading it. I have a long way to go, but I will highly recommend it, and say that it flows so smoothly that it is hard to put down. Just Bridget Murphy's life alone could be a movie, the struggles and triumphs of an immigrant.
In over three decades of my life...I have not read a book I've enjoyed more. This is incredible writing, research and wisdom. I learned more about human nature that I thought one could know. This author does an amazing job. I feel like I'm THERE. The story is as good as a fiction read; and because it's true, you'll be blown away. Whatever you think about the topic (I had no interest in politics or these women), read it. You'll get sucked in. I read the nearly 1000 page book in a week. I could NOT put it down.
You will learn some heart-stopping secrets about them and JFK too in this book. Other books about them were often edited BY them and approved. This author, however, has access to the best information but NO Kennedy had any say in what he put in or left out. Be prepared to enjoy the ride.
This is a very thorough account of multiple generations of Kennedy women, staring with Bridget Murphy who sailed to America from Ireland and became the first Kennedy woman to live in this country. While the book is long, I never found it boring. Each generation has their own fascinating story to tell and I liked how the author flipped between different women every few paragraphs or so. I think that is why the book held my attention for so long. One minute the author would discuss Pat's life in California among movie stars, and the next, talking about Jackie's tenure as First Lady. Highly recommended for Kennedy fans.
Very interesting book, but kinda longwinded at times in descriptions of events, etc. I am a Kennedy family fanatic and it took me over 6 months to read this.
Seems like a "rundown" of their activities. It's okay.
"The Kennedy Women" has to be one of the most cohesive, entertaining and informative books I've read about the Kennedy family for some time. Because of its size, I paced myself and enjoyed every moment. It was a well- worth- it read.
Leamer gives a uniquely chronicled life of the Kennedy women and does not sugar coat any of their lives. From Bridget the Kennedy matriarch, Rose's early life as the Mayor of Boston's daughter, and all the women that came after, Leamer's style of writing is very accessible and readable. He helps the reader feel as if you were right there--down to the last detail. The houses in Hyannis Port, Chappiquidick, the assassinations, all are carefully laid out. I especially appreciated how Leamer delved into each of the Kennedy women's lives,exposing their quirks, relationships with their cheating husbands and their unique roles in the family.
Leamer weaves in historical context and the many different settings along with myriad secondary characters such as Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe. They all come alive on the page. Throughout the many decades spanning this story, the triumphs, agonies and obstacles they endured are all vividly constructed to create a turn paging chronicle. Highly recommended!
I have read several books about the Kennedy family and this is by far my favorite. (I have read it twice) It is rich with detail and covers more generations than most books about this facinating family. It is a very long book but is so entertaining that you don't mind. It is well written, easy to understand, and obviously well researched. Don't let the page count scare you off. Give this book a try - you will be glad you did.
Good book