The Hidden Kennedy Daughter

Book - 2015
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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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015
ISBN: 9780547250250
Branch Call Number: B Kennedy R La
Characteristics: 302 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Mar 27, 2019

When I first saw this book, I immediately snatched it up. I always enjoy reading about one of the U.S.'s most famous families, and here was one member of that family that I didn't know very much about. I was immediately enthralled, and could not put it down until I finished it. Worth every minute of your time.

Jul 14, 2018

Kudos to the author, Karen Clifford Larsen, for capturing the heart and soul of Rosemary Kennedy who in turn captured the hearts of everyone who crossed her path--her friends, family and caregivers.

Enlightening, heart warming and insightful.

Mar 30, 2018

Well researched and well written. It is heart-wrenchingly hard to separate our attitudes now from those held about disabled citizens of just a few generations ago. I appreciate this book as a tribute to Rosemary Kennedy who was the inspiration for legislation, the Special Olympics, and programs for people with disabilities.

Jul 25, 2017

I didn't know the TRUE story of Rosemary Kennedy until I read this book. It's too bad more of her family weren't still alive to hear about how her mental condition could have been PREVENTED. Instead she was deprived of oxygen in the birth canal and her condition was the result. Made me MAD.

May 05, 2017

This book is exactly what I expected about the Kennedy "royalty' and how they treated Rosemary. I was impressed with the fact the book was honestly written. The best part of the book for me was when Rosemary slapped her mother.

Apr 24, 2017

Fantastic book for book group discussions. Rosemary details the young life of Rosemary Kennedy along with life after her operation. This book provides more insight into the workings of the Kennedy family.

Oct 16, 2016

After reading Koehler's book on Rosemary, I found this biography much more complete and comprehensive. It delves into a time when mental health issues were seriously frowned upon and explains, while not condoning, Joseph Kennedy's ultimate decision to have his eldest daughter lobotomized to control her behavior. There follows a sad story of a young woman kept from her family for over 20 years, not to mention the severe damage to her brain. So much has been written about the Kennedys and this story needed to be told.

This is the sad story of the true life of Rosemary Kennedy, third child of Joe and Rose Kennedy. She was born during the 1918 flu epidemic, the doctor was delayed and the nurse made the decision to force the baby to stay in the birth canal for two hours until his arrival (nurses were discourage from delivering a baby because then the doctor didn't get his fee). This loss of oxygen caused developmental disabilities that her family hid from the public until she was an adult and worsened. Afraid of a scandal that would ruin the family's political ambitions, Joe decided she should have a prefrontal lobotomy, a risky experimental procedure that left her permanently disabled and unable to care for herself. She spent the remainder of her life hidden away in a facility. Her parents never tried to see her again. Her sister Eunice later took up her cause and got involved with the disabled. Recommended by Linda

Jun 18, 2016

I thought the author did a great job of telling Rosemary's story. I knew the family had a daughter with developmental difficulties, but was horrified to learn so many details. I would highly recommend this book.

Mar 31, 2016

This book was good in that there was societal background included but there seemed to be more about the other children than about her. I was a little disappointed.

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