Kick Kennedy

The Charmed Life and Tragic Death of the Favorite Kennedy Daughter

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Author: Barbara Leaming

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1466882433

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy was the incandescent life-force of the fabled Kennedy family, her father’s acknowledged “favorite of all the children” and her brother Jack’s “psychological twin.” She was the Kennedy of Kennedys, sure of her privilege, magnetically charming and somehow not quite like anyone else on whatever stage she happened to grace. The daughter of the American ambassador to the Court of St James’s, Kick swept into Britain’s aristocracy like a fresh wind on a sweltering summer day. In a decaying world where everything was based on stultifying sameness and similarity, she was gloriously, exhilaratingly different. Kick was the girl whom all the boys fell in love with, the girl who remained painfully out of reach for most of them. To Kick, everything about this life was fun and amusing—until suddenly it was not. For this is also a story of how a girl like Kick, a girl who had everything, a girl who seemed made for happiness, confronted crushing sadness. Willing to pay the price for choosing the love she wanted, she would have to face the consequences of forsaking much that was dear to her. Bestselling and award-winning biographer Barbara Leaming draws on her unique access to firsthand accounts, extensive conversations with many of the key players, and previously-unseen sources to transport us to another world, one of immense wealth, arcane rituals and rules, glamour and tragedy, that has now disappeared forever. It was a world of dukes and duchesses, of grand houses, of country house weekends, and of wild rich boys. But it was also a world of blood and war, and of immeasurable loss. It was a time of complete upheaval, as reflected in the life of this most unlikely and unforgettable central character. Kick Kennedy reveals her story, that of a young girl learning about love, sex, and death—and doing it all at warp speed as the world races toward war and then reels in the war’s chaotic aftermath. This is the coming-of-age story of the female star of the Kennedy family, and ultimately a tragic, romantic story that will break your heart.

Jack Kennedy

The making of a president

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Author: Barbara Leaming

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1409126552

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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The untold story of how the life and viewpoint of this most charismatic of American presidents was shaped in Britain before WWII This groundbreaking biography of the most charismatic of all 20th century American presidents reveals the profound, lifelong impact on John F. Kennedy of British history, literature and values. Drawing on extensive new and astonishingly intimate private materials and original interviews, Leaming has uncovered the dramatic line that runs through Kennedy's complicated life, the trajectory of the friendships and forces that led to the White House and shaped his actions there. Here is the childhood reading of a sickly boy; Jack's rapturous engagement at the age of fifteen with the writings of Winston Churchill and his transforming experiences as a member of the Second Sons' Club of young aristocrats in pre-war London. Leaming also covers his campaign for the White House 'on the Churchill ticket' and the dramatic thousand days of the presidency. Brilliantly researched, compellingly told, this is a colourful and tumultuous narrative of friendships and family, tragedy and triumph.

Jack Kennedy: The Education of a Statesman

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Author: Barbara Leaming

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393344282

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 512

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"An absorbing and enjoyable book."—New York Times Book Review Drawing on new primary sources, this biography is the first to detail the influence of British history, literature, and culture—in particular, the ideas of Winston Churchill—on America's thirty-fifth president. For the first time we trace the friendships and forces that led to the White House and shaped Kennedy's actions there. In this intimate portrait of a leader torn between politics and principle, we finally come to know the man Kennedy wanted to be and to understand his long, private struggle to become that man.

Kick Kennedy's Secret Diary

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Author: Susan Braudy

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780692167076

Category:

Page: 230

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Kick Kennedy's Secret Diary is the whirlwind journey of JFK's little sister Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy. Very-Catholic Kick struggles to balance her faith and familial duty with the lure of a marriage proposal from William Cavendish, heir to the most powerful duchy in England. When the unusual pair marry they threaten to split her family at the seams

Kathleen Kennedy, Her Life and Times

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Author: Lynne McTaggart

Publisher: Doubleday

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 248

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A profile of "Kick" Kennedy details her debut, marriage to aristocrat William Hartington, tragic deaths of her brother and husband, romance with the married Earl Fitzwilliam, and their deaths, in 1948, in a plane crash

Robert Kennedy

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Author: Judie Mills

Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books

ISBN: 9781562942502

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 546

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Chronicles the life of Robert Kennedy, from his birth into the Kennedy clan, through his tenure in the United States Senate and as Attorney General, to his assassination in 1968.

Kick

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

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Author: Paula Byrne

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062296299

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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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.

The Kennedy Curse

Why Tragedy Has Haunted America's First Family for 150 Years

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Author: Edward Klein

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466826630

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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Death was merciful to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, for it spared her a parent's worst nightmare: the loss of a child. But if Jackie had lived to see her son, JFK Jr., perish in a plane crash on his way to his cousin's wedding, she would have been doubly horrified by the familiar pattern in the tragedy. Once again, on a day that should have been full of joy and celebration, America's first family was struck by the Kennedy Curse. In this probing expose, renowned Kennedy biographer Edward Klein--a bestselling author and journalist personally acquainted with many members of the Kennedy family--unravels one of the great mysteries of our time and explains why the Kennedys have been subjected to such a mind-boggling chain of calamities. Drawing upon scores of interviews with people who have never spoken out before, troves of private documents, archives in Ireland and America, and private conversations with Jackie, Klein explores the underlying pattern that governs the Kennedy Curse. The reader is treated to penetrating portraits of the Irish immigrant Patrick Kennedy; Rose Kennedy's father, "Honey Fitz"; the dynasty's founding father Joe Kennedy and his ill-fated daughter Kathleen, President Kennedy, accused rapist William Kennedy Smith, and the star-crossed lovers, JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bessette. Each of the seven profiles demonstrates the basic premise of this book: The Kennedy Curse is the result of the destructive collision between the Kennedy's fantasy of omnipotence-an unremitting desire to get away with things that others cannot-and the cold, hard realities of life.

The Kennedy Debutante

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Author: Kerri Maher

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0451492064

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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"A riveting reimagining of a true tale of forbidden love."—People Now in paperback, the captivating novel following the exploits of Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy, the forgotten and rebellious daughter of one of America's greatest political dynasties. London, 1938. The effervescent "It girl" of London society since her father was named the ambassador, Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy moves in rarefied circles, rubbing satin-covered elbows with some of the twentieth century's most powerful figures. Eager to escape the watchful eye of her strict mother, Rose; the antics of her older brothers, Jack and Joe; and the erratic behavior of her sister Rosemary, Kick is ready to strike out on her own and is soon swept off her feet by Billy Hartington, the future Duke of Devonshire. But their love is forbidden, as Kick's devout Catholic family and Billy's staunchly Protestant one would never approve their match. And when war breaks like a tidal wave across her world, Billy is ripped from her arms as the Kennedys are forced to return to the States. Kick finds work as a journalist and joins the Red Cross to get back to England, where she will have to decide where her true loyalties lie—with family or with love. . . .