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She was the formidable matriarch of America's most iconic political dynasty; among her nine children were President John F. Kennedy and Sen. Ted Kennedy. As the daughter, wife, and mother of prominent politicians, Rose Kennedy carefully curated her family's public image, helping win votes later on. A new biography sheds light on her life and legacy.
Excerpted from "Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch by Barbara A. Perry." Copyright © 2013 by Barbara A. Perry. With permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.