Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson (2015)
Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter
by Kate Clifford Larson
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015
Much of the Kennedy legacy has been well-documented, the ups and downs of the political machine that boasted some of the most powerful people of the twentieth century. For many years, one of the greatest tragedies the family faced was kept a secret. Rosemary Kennedy, the oldest daughter of Joe and Rose, was intellectually challenged and struggled to keep the pace of her siblings. Never progressing past the mental age of about twelve, she was lobotomized at age 23. The botched surgery rendered her incapacitated, and the family remained quiet about her condition and whereabouts for decades. The horrendous things that happened to her inspired the family to get involved in organizations that helped mentally disabled people.
Author Kate Clifford Larson, intrigued by Rosemary’s brief obituary in 2005, set out to uncover the truth and impact of her life. Larson’s conversational style of writing makes Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter and easy read, despite disturbing details of the young woman’s life. Larson utilized resources that were previously unavailable to biographers, including a collection of Rose Kennedy’s diaries, letters, and scrapbooks at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. These sources help to present a fuller picture of the Kennedy family, for better and for worse.
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