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Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter von Prof Kate Clifford Larson

Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter Prof Kate Clifford Larson

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Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter Zusammenfassung

Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter Prof Kate Clifford Larson

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 travelled 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. AUTHOR: Kate Clifford Larsen is the author of two critically acclaimed biographies: 'Bound For the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman', 'Portrait of an American Hero' and 'The Assassin's Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln'. She has been a consultant and interpretive specialist for numerous museum and public history initiatives, focusing on the lives and contributions of women in the making of our national identity. REVIEWS: One of People's Top Ten Books of 2015 "[Larson] succeeds in providing a well-rounded portrait of a woman who, until now, has never been viewed in full." Boston Globe "A biography that chronicles her life with fresh details . . . By making Rosemary the central character, [Larson] has produced a valuable account of a mental health tragedy and an influential family's belated efforts to make amends." New York Times Book Review

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GOR008852263
9780544811904
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Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter Prof Kate Clifford Larson
Gebraucht - Sehr Gut
Broschiert
Houghton Mifflin
2016-12-01
302
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