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Edward Kennedy: An Intimate Biography

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In this groundbreaking biography, historian and journalist Burton Hersh combines extensive critical research with more than fifty years of never-before-told anecdotes and observations from his lifelong acquaintance with Edward Kennedy to create an indelible portrait of one of the finest legislators and most influential senators in American history.

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Hardcover, 496 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Counterpoint (first published August 10th 2010)
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Shawn Thrasher
Way, way too overwritten, although not overly wrought. Reads like one giganticly long Vanity Fair article. Hersh has some beautifully written passages, but almost too many of them - the clever aside got in the way of the story (if you can call it that; perhaps narrative is a better word). The gossip is never malicous, but it's very insider - lots of name dropping. If this book were a dinner party, then you'd be sitting by Burton Hersh in the corner, drink in one hand, the other hand covering his ...more
While I was really interested in learning more about this youngest Kennedy brother I must say it was difficult to get through. The author spoke extensively on the rest of the family in the first portion of the book, no doubt in his mind establishing what he thought set the character of Teddy. He loves to use big words that most folks in typical conversation do not utilize and he seems to contradict himself on dates of events. It was okay but I am glad I am finished with it.
Mary Ronan Drew
Everything you wanted to know about Edward Kennedy and more. The book is strong on his personal life, which was tragic - not always because of his own doings. The political analysis is good through about 1995 when it sinks to hagiography. Too bad. Without that it would have been a fine book.
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