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Nov 12, 2009 Chana rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommended to Chana by: BookCrossing - Winterwren
Senator Ted Kennedy accidently drove off the Dike Bridge on Chappaquiddick with passenger Mary Jo Kopechne. He escaped the car, she did not. This was tragic enough but Ted Kennedy, the fourth of the Kennedy sons, beloved by Americans and a "shoo-in" for the Presidency, DOES NOT ATTEMPT TO GET HELP FROM EMERGENCY SERVICES OR REPORT THIS ACCIDENT FOR OVER 9 HOURS!! He attempts to rescue her, he gets his friends to attempt to rescue her, he swims to Edgartown and attempts to establish an alibi and ...more
Before reading this book I only knew the bare bones facts about what happened at Chappaquiddick. Senatorial Privilege gave me more information than I knew existed about this tragic event. It's a very well written and fast paced account, encompassing the before during and after from multiple view points. While its true that a lot of the information is conversations which the author obviously can't prove were translated verbatim, there is enough more concrete evidence to prove that Senator Kennedy ...more
I only had bare bones info on Chappapquiddick, but always thought Kennedy "got away with one." This amazing and comprehensive book illustrates the cronyism, incompetence and often outright criminal behavior of our elected officials, judges and police departments. Told in a strictly reportorial way, this chilling story almost reads like a novel (sort of Tom Wolfe without the sound effects--downfall of a powerful man). I highly recommend this book for anyone with a connection to Massachusetts.
This was a very powerful book. It definitely ignited in me the anger Americans must have felt when this event occurred. It shows the power of the government--the "other" side of the power. Very scary. The only justice I felt at the end of the book was that I know he's now getting what he deserves and truly answering for this crime.
Aug 25, 2008 Teri rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to know more about The Accident and about Senator Kennedy
I read this when it first came out in '85. It reads like a detective novel with a lot of evidence. Even though I have no respect for Senator Kennedy, I enjoyed knowing more about The Kennedys. This brother of JFK and RFK doesn't come close to what his brothers were.
This book really opened my eyes to the deception & use of political influence by Ted Kennedy, not to mention his severe drinking problem. I read this as a teen, and have determined that non-fiction is so much more interesting than fiction. It was a great read!