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Out on damning nature are who held the family together through so many -- trying times including that the death that percent.
JFK but author of the death of body -- James -- is talking about.
I joining us now is is Barbara Perry she's the author -- Rose Kennedy the life and times of a political.
Nature -- and even a historian and the Kennedys for years now what do you think of it James.
Had to share with the -- could pull out.
Maybe the significance of these papers -- -- it seemed like at least at this early stage well the fact that 7500 pages of formerly classified materials are now available to the public to journalists historians like myself as I've described it it's it's a historians Christmas morning opening up boxes.
Of information that will inform us about fifty years ago.
The depths of the Cold War of the Cuban missile crisis from the perspective of the man who was closest to president Kennedy like no other and how did you become fascinated with the Kennedys.
This goes back a little over fifty years I was four years old my mother -- me and my Brothers and there are 56 Chevy drove us to downtown label Kentucky October 1960.
To see then senator John F.
Kennedy campaigning in our hometown.
And she put us right in front of the podium to see -- this was her political hero we were Catholic he was going to be the first Catholic president.
And from that point on I would -- another forever more you turned me into a political historian and a presidential scholar I -- before you add a different -- etc.
that's a long career.
How do you become a intercity and turned to Rose Kennedy you see that she's -- -- -- so -- an understated.
With a different how famous for -- in the rest her family has has become but but why -- what do you think.
It's her raw in this important period of American history it bites -- this lifelong interest in the Kennedys and combined it with presidential history that I do at the Miller center at the University of Virginia.
And in 2006 I got word from a former student of -- that much like today's news that Robert Kennedy's papers have been open.
The state and inform me that she just read that rose Kennedy's papers had been -- 250 boxes at the Kennedy library.
And I determined that very day I would write the first book.
Based on those papers -- -- him that very second tier -- the cliff notes version if you will what's the big take away for someone that.
Has been -- in death than what -- had to say what she's done for our viewers right.
That she was the woman behind the power sometimes it was that the men in the family he got all the headlines.
But it was rose who was out there producing this perfect family and its image that was the great source of its political power is interesting if you take a look at the royal family overseas -- -- -- Did talking -- royalty in this country but it's interesting look at what we might consider -- the Kennedys are the closest thing that we have today than there for people are always interested in them Barbara thank you so much for the for your buck and a thing I sat Rose -- -- life and times in the political nature and.
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