Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson

The revelatory, poignant story of Rosemary Kennedy, the eldest and eventually secreted-away Kennedy daughter, and how her life transformed her family, its women and an entire nation.

Joe and Rose Kennedy’s strikingly beautiful daughter Rosemary was intellectually disabled, a secret fiercely guarded by her powerful and glamorous family. In Rosemary, author Kate Clifford Larson uses newly uncovered sources to bring Rosemary Kennedy’s story to light.

Young Rosemary comes alive as a sweet, lively girl adored by her siblings. But Larson also reveals the often desperate and duplicitous arrangements the Kennedys made to keep her away from home as she became increasingly difficult in her early twenties, culminating in Joe’s decision to have Rosemary lobotomized at age twenty-three and the family’s complicity in keeping the secret. (Amazon)

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What does a father do when one of his children does not quite live up to the high, extremely high, standards he insists upon? Well, if that father is of one of the wealthiest and most influential men in the world, he orders a lobotomy for the pretty 23 year old problem child.

In order to ‘better’ the unsettling and constantly worrisome situation with his first daughter, Joe Kennedy made a doctor’s appointment for Rosemary for a neurosurgical procedure that would calm her mood swings and quiet her sudden outburst of violence. Without telling his wife and children, Joe delivered Rosemary into the hands of the men that would ultimately change Rosemary Kennedy’s life forever.

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