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Corning - Southeast Steuben County Library 1 973.922 ROS Adult NonFiction Book
Elmira - Steele Memorial Library 1 973.922 ROS Adult NonFiction Book

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To mark John F. Kennedy's centennial, celebrate the life and legacy of the 35th President of the United States.
A selection of more than 300 images--including family letters, personal ephemera, and captivating photographs--collected by Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, many never seen before, featuring the beloved and revered Kennedy family: This remarkable history dates from 1878 through 1946--up to the aftermath of WWII and the beginning of JFK's political career--and covers everything from the family's first home to beach vacations, from children's birthdays to first Communions. The images capture the formative years of a uniquely American dynasty, imparting a glowing nostalgia to the period and detailing the family's progress as it grows from a pair of turn-of-the-century newlyweds into a populous, vibrant clan of hopeful young men and women on the brink of their brilliant destinies. This is a piece of Americana that readers will treasure.

Author Notes

Foreword by Caroline Kennedy , the author/editor of ten bestselling books on constitutional law, American history, politics, and poetry. A graduate of Harvard University and Columbia Law School, Kennedy is active in the efforts to improve New York City public schools and serves as President of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

This well-assembled album, edited by the John F. Kennedy Library with an introduction by Caroline Kennedy, provides an intimate, behind-the-scenes glimpse at one of America's most public families. The Kennedys are shown on their best behavior, during the happy days of the early 1940s, before one daughter was sent away forever, and the eldest son, Joe Jr. died in the war. The editors have attempted to make the family appear relatable, and many readers will connect with mother Rose when, for instance, she writes an endearing note to her son, urging him to make a dentist's appointment or else she will withhold his allowance. But even as the most ordinary childhood milestones are displayed, the significant differences in their status begin to emerge; a photo caption describes Teddy's first communion at the Vatican, and other family photos include celebrities. The "album" ends in 1947, just as John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the U.S. Representative for Massachusetts, leaving readers yearning to see the children continue to grow into their inevitable roles. B&w photos. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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