Kick

Kick

The True Story of Jfk's Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth

eBook - 2016
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Describes the story of Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy, younger sister to JFK, who shocked and alienated her family by marrying the son of an outspokenly anti-Catholic family in Great Britain, before her own unexpected death in an airplane crash.

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Filled with a wealth of revealing new material and insight, the biography of the vivacious, unconventional—and nearly forgotten—young Kennedy sister who charmed American society and the English aristocracy, and would break with her family for love.

Encouraged to be “winners” from a young age, Rose and Joe Kennedy’s children were the embodiment of ambitious, wholesome Americanism. Yet even within this ebullient group of overachievers, the fourth Kennedy child, the irrepressible Kathleen, stood out. Lively, charismatic, extremely clever, and blessed with graceful athleticism and a sunny disposition, the alluring socialite fondly known as Kick was a firecracker who effortlessly made friends and stole hearts.

Moving across the Atlantic when her father was appointed as the ambassador to Great Britain in 1938, Kick—the “nicest Kennedy”—quickly became the family’s star. Despite making little effort to fit into British high society, she charmed everyone from the beau monde to Fleet Street with her unconventional attitude and easygoing humor. Growing increasingly independent, Kick would also shock and alienate her devout family by falling in love and marrying the scion of a virulently anti-Catholic family— William Cavendish, the heir apparent of the Duke of Devonshire and Chatsworth. But the marriage would last only a few months; Billy was killed in combat in 1944, just four years before Kick’s own unexpected death in an airplane crash at twenty-eight.

Paula Byrne recounts this remarkable young woman’s life in detail as never before, from her work at the Washington Times-Herald and volunteerism for the Red Cross in wartime England; to her love of politics and astute, opinionated observations; to her decision to renounce her faith for the man she loved. Sympathetic and compelling, Kick shines a spotlight on this feisty and unique Kennedy long relegated to the shadows of her legendary family’s history.



Publisher: Harpercollins,, 2016
ISBN: 9780062296290
0062296299
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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Oct 16, 2016

I have known for many years that JFK had an older sister and brother who both died in plane crashes in or near the years of WWII. I encountered "Kick", Kathleen's nickname, while reading a book about Evelyn Waugh and grew more curious. She was largely absent from the "broadcast" Kennedy history because, as you will find in the book, she defied the stringent Catholic beliefs of Rose and dared to live the life she wanted. I recommend the book for those interested in the Kennedy family and English society before and during WWII. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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