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Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter (utgåvan 2015)

av Kate Clifford Larson (Författare)

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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 traveled 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 to life 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 milli… (mer)

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Titel:Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter
Författare:Kate Clifford Larson (Författare)
Info:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2015), Edition: First Edition, 302 pages
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Tragic.

That is really the only word I can think to describe the life of Rosemary Kennedy.

Kate Clifford Larson gives readers a meticulously researched and highly readable book about the eldest Kennedy daughter, her relationship with her parents and siblings, and ultimately her impact on the special needs community.

At every point in her development, beginning with her botched at-home birth, Joe and Rose Kennedy could tell that Rosemary was different than her siblings. They spared no expense sending her to private schools and making arrangements for her to be "cured," resulting in much tumult which left Rosemary feeling like a failure compared to her uber competitive, successful, and intelligent siblings. The final and most horrific "treatment" being the lobotomy which robbed Rosemary of the majority of the intellect she possessed, as well as much of her gross motor ability.

It is easy in 2015 to call Joe and Rose cruel and heartless -- more concerned with appearances and the family name than with their daughter's actual needs and worth. Indeed, some of their decisions are stupefying and absurd (long after Rosemary's lobotomy, when she is hidden away from the world in Wisconsin, Rose is still obsessed with Rosemary's weight -- upset that the nuns in Wisconsin have let Rosemary put on "a few pounds".) After the lobotomy they kept Rosemary's true condition a secret for years, even from her siblings.

Still, I found myself trying to hold back some judgement on the Kennedy parents, reminding myself that we know so much more know about those with special needs than was known in the 1930s and 40s. I do think that Joe and Rose thought they could "cure" Rose with the right measures.

Whatever the sins of the parents, Rosemary's siblings used their power, influence and money to improve research and opportunities for the special needs community. According to Eunice Kennedy Shriver's son Anthony, "The interest [Rosemary] sparked in my family toward people with special needs will one day go down as the greatest accomplishment that any Kennedy has made on a global basis." ( )
  jj24 | May 27, 2024 |
Book on CD narrated by Bernadette Dunn

Subtitle: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter

After two healthy boys, Rose and Joseph P Kennedy had a baby girl, whom they named Rosemary. She was apparently healthy and robust, but as she grew to toddler age, it was clear that her development lagged behind her siblings. Soon her younger sisters, Kathleen and Eunice, surpassed Rosemary’s capabilities, both physically and mentally.

Larson does a fine job of detailing Rosemary’s life, and that of the Kennedy family. Their ups, downs, successes and tragedies have been chronicled frequently, but little has been known about Rosemary.

The Kennedy’s did all they (and their money) could in order to provide sheltered educational opportunities for Rosemary, but as she grew up her behavioral issues exacerbated. When she was in her early twenties, Joe decided the best treatment was a newly touted operation – a frontal lobotomy. His expectation was that Rosemary’s emotional outbursts would stop, leaving her more docile and obedient. Unfortunately, the operation went awry, and Rosemary was left with severe mobility issues as well as extremely limited intellectual capacity. Joe eventually placed his oldest daughter at St Colletta’s School in Jefferson, Wisconsin, where she lived out her life in a private cottage, with two full-time caregivers.

Intent on building a political dynasty, Joe and Rose Kennedy insisted on keeping their oldest daughter’s condition a secret from all but a few close friends. Even Rosemary’s younger siblings knew little about her. Rose didn’t see her daughter for decades. Only Rosemary’s sister Eunice visited with any regularity. And Eunice, along with her children, worked to form several charities to care for and support those with mental, intellectual and mobility disabilities.

Bernadette Dunn does a fine job of narrating the audiobook. She has clear diction and sets a good pace. ( )
  BookConcierge | Aug 31, 2023 |
While you may know that President John F. Kennedy was one of nine children in a wealthy, ambitious, East Coast family, you likely haven't heard much about his sister, Rosemary, whom the family kept hidden away for most of her life. Due a congenital abnormality, or possibly her rather traumatic birth, Rosemary was mentally disabled and struggled from her earliest childhood to keep up with her siblings in their physical and intellectual endeavors, and the family went to great lengths to keep this knowledge secret.

Rosemary's story is tragic and highly disturbing. I had a visceral reaction to the imagery of a nurse spending two hours pushing Rosemary's tiny infant head back into her mother's womb, merely because a doctor had not yet arrived. The irony of Rosemary being lobotomized due to her perceived as a threat to family's political ambitions, while her mental and physical state following the procedure proved to be even more unacceptable, is really heartbreaking. Sadly, Rosemary wasn't the only child who suffered from having Joe and Rose Kennedy for parents: much of what all of the children experienced from their parents we would today consider emotional abuse. I kind of feel pity for them all. ( )
  ryner | Aug 14, 2023 |
# Rosemary
1. Be united in the home and outside it. It does no good to be disrespectful and rude to your spouse. What I learned from my parents marriage is that time May go on but miscommunication, ignoring, silent treatment and hurt do not make a happy one. Treating each other with respect, love,and a firm commitment to each other through being faithful in word, in thought, and in action. Never let the children split you up. Never let your disagreements as a couple be known outside the home and especially amongst your children or they will use it to separate you. Be open with your children yet honest in your relationship through keeping the lines of communication open in all areas feasible so that it is easier for others to ascertain where you are coming from.
2. Don’t control your children. Give them parameters to follow but otherwise let them be free.
3. Treat people with disabilities with honor and respect and learn from them. Never look down upon them or be rude. Always show kindness and care towards them and those around them.
4. Just because someone or a relative has a disabled family member does not mean that you should treat such person as disabled. They are a human being with feelings and emotions and thoughts of their own. Treat them as a valued member of society.

Biggest Takeaway

Treat your siblings right even those who are I’ll. Remember family first, family always. Reach out to your siblings and check on them. You are the cornerstone to healing the relationship between them and your parents. Keep working at it and it will bear fruit! Believe that.

What I Learned

What the Kennedy’s did to their daughter Rosemary by lobotomizing her was wrong. I think she should have been given the chance to go to a community where they knew how to care for disabled people through integrating them into society instead of leaviNg them in an institution. I liked how her siblings reached out and cared and made sure she was okay.

Quote in Summary

“Love those with differences from your own. You never know what blessings that individual has in store for you.” ( )
  Kaianna.Isaure | Jul 11, 2023 |
This was a fascinating but heartbreaking read. I have never really read anything about the Kennedy family so the background on Joe and Rose Kennedy was really interesting but also set up the framework for the tragedy of being a Kennedy that didn't live up to their high standards. One can see why their children were very successful but also troubled. I know times were different then and our understanding of intellectual disabilities and mental health issues have come a long way but I think that only increases the sadness of this situation. I read somewhere that there was another book about Rosemary written around this same time but that this one was the better of the two and it was an engrossing read and I highly recommend it! ( )
  JediBookLover | Oct 29, 2022 |
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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 traveled 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 to life 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 milli

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