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The Nine of Us


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Jean Kennedy Smith is the former United States Ambassador to Ireland and founder of VSA, an international organization that provides arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increases access to the arts for all. Smith was named an honorary citizen of Ireland by Irish President Mary McAleese for her contribution to the Irish peace process, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in recognition of her service to people with disabilities. The eighth of nine children born to Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy and Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., Smith is a mother of four and the widow of the late Stephen Smith. She lives in New York.


"Rhis book, filled with childhood photos and reminiscences, is an engaging look at a large, close-knit family in the 1930s and '40s, albeit one more privileged than most. No doubt some of these anecdotes have been told before, but hearing them from the last surviving Kennedy sibling gives them an added poignancy." -- Providence Journal
"There are useful lessons here, not just for grandchildren but for Americans as a whole, especially those who might wonder how the Kennedys so captured the popular imagination." -- Chicago Tribune

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