Kick : the true story of JFK's sister and the heir to Chatsworth

by Byrne, Paula,

Format: Print Book 2016
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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.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy (1920-1948) was as intelligent, vivacious, and attractive as her older and better known brother, John. Unfortunately, this account from British biographer Byrne (Belle: The Slave Daughter and the Lord Chief Justice) is neither gossipy enough to be a satisfying celebrity profile nor contextual enough to work as an illuminating woman-of-the-times story. In 1938, at age 18, Kennedy became a celebrity when her father was named ambassador to Great Britain and moved the family to London. That year, she met William Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington, and they fell in love. Religious differences and the outbreak of WWII kept them apart for a while, though Byrne glosses over the tumultuous European events of 1938-1939. Back in the U.S., Kennedy worked as a reporter for the Washington Times-Herald until she signed on with the Red Cross in 1943 during WWII and went back to England. Kennedy and Hartington married in 1944; she became a marchioness, but her fairy tale life didn't have a happy ending. Byrne's story lacks the texture necessary to make this an absorbing read, repeatedly falling into the trap of telling rather than showing. Moreover, she hasn't convincingly demonstrated why Kennedy is worthy of a full-length biography. Illus. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Kennedy, Kathleen, -- 1920-1948.
Kennedy family.
Socialites -- United States -- Biography.
Presidents -- United States -- Brothers and sisters -- Biography.
Americans -- England -- Biography.
Young women -- United States -- Biography.
Young women -- England -- Biography.
Aristocracy (Social class) -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
United States -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Publisher New York, NY :2016
Edition First U.S. edition.
Language English
Description x, 342 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-325) and index.
ISBN 9780062296276
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