The Kennedy Women by Laurence Leamer
The Saga of an American Family

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Based on five years of research, and with unprecedented cooperation from Kennedy family and associates, Laurence Leamer paints startling, in-depth portraits of the mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters who struggled to build and maintain the Kennedy dynasty--from steerage on an immigrant vessel to the slums of Boston, from the court of St. James to the White House. Photographs.
 

About Laurence Leamer

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Laurence Leamer has written many bestsellers, including The Kennedy Women, The Kennedy Men, and Sons of Camelot. He lives in Washington, D.C. and Palm Beach, Florida.
 
Published January 1, 1994 by BANTAM PRESS. 943 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, History. Non-fiction

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Not exactly breaking news, but by bundling the lives of the Kennedy men together and emphasizing family influences, Leamer is able to clarify some of the seeming contradictions in their personal and political acts.

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Although the ambitions of many of Rose's granddaughters, including Maria Shriver and Caroline Kennedy, have been tempered by marriage and children, theirs is a generation that seems to have shaken off the chains of Kennedy women as victims of a moral dichotomy.

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Another Kennedy family saga, this one focusing on the women, from Irish forebears to feminist Rory Kennedy, daughter of Robert and Ethel.

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Journalist Leamer (The Kennedy Women) provides a stirring narrative of the Kennedy men but comes up short as regards analysis of the byzantine motivations, complex psychology and persistent moral failures that lie behind the events he otherwise describes so well.

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Five generations of Kennedys are chronicled in this unauthorized biography of the women who helped shape the image of this enduring dynasty.

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Examiner

They are a political family that made have put on a brave family and hidden emotions and cracks to the world, but inside their family was a flawed as anyone else’s as explored in The Kennedy Women: The Saga of an American Family (1994) by Laurence Leamer.

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Entertainment Weekly

Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, Maria Shriver Schwarzenegger, Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend emerge in The Kennedy Women as strong, expressive individuals whose Kennedy mantles are no longer corsets.

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People

The author, whose previous work includes King of the Night, a biography of Johnny Carson, examines the lives of five generations of Kennedy women, beginning with Bridget and concluding with the death of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

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