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Kick Kennedy

Kick Kennedy

The Charmed Life and Tragic Death of the Favorite Kennedy Daughter

Barbara Leaming

A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin

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From a New York Times bestselling author comes a mesmerizing story of love, loss, and war.

An unforgettable portrait of the Kennedy family’s favorite daughter, Kick Kennedy begins with Kick’s arrival in England in 1938 as her father became the U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St James’s. In the closed world of the British aristocracy, Kick was gloriously, exhilaratingly different, the girl whom all the boys fell in love with. But she was the star of a world in the midst of tumultuous social and political change, and as war came, she would have to confront crushing sadness and the consequences of forsaking much dear to her for love, before her heartbreaking death in 1948.

Bestselling and award-winning biographer Barbara Leaming draws on her unique access to firsthand accounts and candid conversations with many of the key players whose own lives were entwined with Kick’s, to transport us to a world of immense wealth, arcane rituals and rules, glamour and tragedy, that has now vanished forever.

Praise for Kick Kennedy

“Strikingly original.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Evokes the luminous spirit of Kick Kennedy.” —Vanity Fair

“Candidly demystifies the life of one of the least-known Kennedys and vividly illuminates the complex world of British aristocracy.” —Booklist

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Barbara Leaming

Barbara Leaming is a New York Times bestselling author. Three of her biographies have been New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Her book Churchill Defiant received the Emery Reves Award from The Churchill Centre. Leaming’s articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, London’s The Times, and other publications. She lives in Connecticut.

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