Although I didn't particularly like the woman, I did enjoy the book. As the title says, she was a Political Matriarch and on the reading the book, I could see that she wasn't very maternal as she preferred shopping in Paris twice a year and staying for a couple of months each time instead of being with her large family. There aren't many women who would be able to do this, financially, but she did have a very rich husband as well as a very unfaithful husband who made this possible. It is an interesting book, though, and I did enjoy it.
I didn't know very much about Rose Kennedy, she gets a little overlooked in books that concentrate on the men or Jackie. She had an interesting life before marrying Joe and continued to travel extensively and was very intelligent and knowledgeable about art, culture, was fluent in many languages and, as you'd imagine, politics and child-rearing.
If you want to know who had the real power behind the Kennedy men look no further than the mother, wife. Its a gripping read to be able to read from a females role within the Kennedy clan, they usually stayed in the back ground.
This book illustrates the Matriach of the Kennedy Family. Due to her political background Rose had a good understanding of Politics. Also she created an illusion of how one should conduct themselves as being part of the Kennedy family.