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The Kennedy Legacy: Jack, Bobby and Ted and a Family Dream Fulfilled

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  53 ratings  ·  12 reviews
The closing of Ted Kennedy’s chapter in America’s political and cultural life means that, for the first time perhaps, the real measure of the Kennedy legacy can finally be taken. John, Robert, and Ted Kennedy’s individual stories can now be seen as essentially one, with each brother striving to fulfill the interrupted promise of the brother before. How did the brothers pas ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade (first published April 27th 2009)
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Samantha
Mar 08, 2009 Samantha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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This is a very short but good summary of the four Kennedy brothers and how they built upon each other's legacies. It starts off talking about all four of them: Joe Jr., Jack, Bobby and Teddy. Yes, they talk about the other members of the family especially their father, Joe Sr. However the first part is about the brothers growing up and their rivalries. It explores how they became who they were and why. It also explores the roles that each brother was supposed to play and how it all got changed a ...more
Harry
"Big brother John had challenged people to do something for their country. Bobby had called on them to care for the dispossessed. By the example of his durability, Ted exhorted them to never, ever quit." So states Vincent Bzdek in a wonderful work that not only describes the lives and work of the three Kennedy brothers, Jack, Bobby and Ted, but integrates and contrasts their achievements, styles, and challenges. The book is clearly divided into acts (collection of chapters) featuring the dominat ...more
Bill Hall
Though three Kennedy brothers grace the cover of this book (and the fallen oldest brother, Joe. Jr., is a strong presence as well), the focus is on the youngest brother, Ted. Author Vincent Bzdek's thesis is signaled by the title. While much of the vast literature on the Kennedys focuses on their unfilled legacy, Bzdek argues that their goals have found fulfillment--largely through Ted Kennedy's decades of service in the United States Senate.

Bzdek's portrait of Edward Kennedy is an unflinching o
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Allison Long
I would have LOVED this book. I have long been interested in Ted Kennedy's role within the Kennedy family, being the surviving brother with a long career pushing items in the Senate that I support. I opened 'The Kennedy Legacy' with a sense of high expectation and preliminary satisfaction. Until Mr. Bzdek crushed all of it less than 50 pages in with incorrect facts about Kathleen Kennedy. Friends, family and those of you who have read enough of my Kennedy book reviews know that Kathleen is my fa ...more
Rae
A well-done, if overly positive, look at the four Kennedy brothers and how they influenced one another. It does help to already know some of the family history when you pick this one up.

Where else but in Gothic fiction, where else among real people, could one encounter such triumphs and tragedies, such beauty and charm and ambition and pride and human wreckage, such dedication to the best and lapses into the mire of life; such vulgar, noble, driven, generous, self-centered, loving, suspicious, d
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Bkh4
The stories were intriguing even if the writing style was a bit dry. It was a very interesting read, and I especially enjoyed reading about the unlikely friendship between Sen. Ted Kennedy and Sen. Orrin Hatch.
Kaela
I always enjoy reading about the Kennedy's. This was an easy history read that spans from Joe to Teddy. It is not as specific as some other ones but well written.
Valentin Alcantar
I have always been intrigued by the Kennedy mystique... This book led me down a awesome path... Great read sad that it was over in two days...
Corey Holmes
Teddy doesnt get enough credit because he was not flashy, but I have to admit if I had the aura of JFK and the moxy of RFK I would be beloved too...
Amy
I ended up reading pieces and parts of this book -- some of what I read was very interesting, while some of the other stuff was same old same old.
Katie
One of the best books I've read about the Kennedys, and I've read quite a few!
Amy
A little too political for me...
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