In this searingly honest story, social historian Laurence Leamer provides an in-depth, but highly sensitive, look at the mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters who helped forge a family legacy of fortitude and political triumph. The Kennedy Women chronicles five generations of women to offer a bold, compelling account of this famous dynasty. Brimming with triumph and tragedy, courage and compliance, self-sacrifice and self-delusion, it is more an epic saga than a story of distinguished cultural history. From the slums of Boston to the Court of St. James's, from Hollywood to the White House and beyond, Leamer shows how the female influence of faith and courage can be traced every step of the way. Receiving unprecedented cooperation from family members, Leamer interviewed scores of relatives and close associates, and gained access to hundreds of personal documents to reveal the Kennedys as never before.