Kick

Kick

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

Book - 2016
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Among Rose and Joe Kennedy's children the fourth child, Kathleen, stood out. Known as Kick, she was a firecracker who effortlessly made friends and stole hearts. When her father was appointed as the ambassador to Great Britain in 1938, Kick shocked and alienated 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. The marriage only lasted a few months; Billy was killed in combat in 1944, four years before Kick's own death in an airplane crash. Byrne shines a spotlight on this feisty Kennedy long relegated to the shadows of her family's history.
Encouraged to be "winners" from a young age, Rose and Joe Kennedy's children were an ebullient group of overachievers, but 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 with her unconventional attitude and easygoing humor. Growing increasingly independent, Kick then shocked and alienated her devout family by marrying the scion of a virulently anti-Catholic British family. 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 28. 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. Kick shines a spotlight on this feisty and unique Kennedy long relegated to the shadows of her legendary family's history.--Adapted from dust jacket.
"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."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Harper, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780062296276
0062296272
9780062296290
Branch Call Number: 921 KENNEDY, KATHLEEN
Characteristics: x, 342 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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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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