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Barbara A. Perry, a well-known authority on the Kennedys, is a Senior Fellow in the Presidential Oral History Program at the University of Virginia's Miller Center. As part of her extensive research on the American presidency, she interviews prominent members of previous administrations. She is the author of Jacqueline Kennedy: First Lady of the New Frontier, among other works, and lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.
"Laudable...Perry employs a newly released trove of diaries and letters to add nuance and detail to an essentially familiar story." -- Julia M. Klein - Boston Globe "A fuller picture than ever before...Perry writes with compassion and brings keen insight into what Rose Kennedy's own words tell us about this complex woman." -- Amy Scribner - Book Page "An insightful portrait of this paradoxical woman...[Kennedy] gave the public every reason to love her." -- People "Barbara Perry has done it again! Rose Kennedy is the much needed, balanced biography of the grand matriarch of American politics. Whether it was helping the disabled, raising children, or playing ward boss, Mrs. Kennedy was a force of nature." -- Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History at Rice University and author of Cronkite "Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy was one of the most inspiring women of the twentieth century. Everyone knows her as the mother of President Kennedy, but her story is far richer-one for the ages. Barbara Perry brilliantly and sensitively shows us Rose's world, filled with almost unimaginable privilege yet scarred by terrible tragedies that would have been unbearable for most. You will be deeply moved by Perry's magnificently researched account of this remarkable centenarian, whose steely optimism and unshakeable religious faith overcame life's darkest detours." -- Larry J. Sabato, Director, University of Virginia Center for Politics "Perry's biography is a finely crafted, comprehensive account of one of the most driven women in the shadows of American political history...While there are untold numbers of books on the Kennedys, Perry adds archival details and nuance to our understanding of Rose. Kennedy completists and novices alike are sure to find the book fascinating as it further reveals the perspective of the strong woman behind the dynasty." -- Lisa Guardarini - Library Journal "Perry has created an insightful portrait of this paradoxical woman." -- Helen Rogan - People