I felt Ted Kennedy's biography was quite insightful. Hearing the events of history from his viewpoint was something I feel the Kennedy literature was...moreI felt Ted Kennedy's biography was quite insightful. Hearing the events of history from his viewpoint was something I feel the Kennedy literature was always missing. Third-person recounts of Kennedy tragedies and triumphs lacked any personal touch the way that Ted's memoir was obviously able to seamlessly include. As the youngest, of a powerful, Democratic driven, Irish Catholic family, Ted had big boots to fill as a child. He speaks of Joe Jr., Jack, and Bobby not only as the tragic heroes Americans cherish, but as role models, confidants, big brothers.....heroes to another American, yes...but heroes to a little brother; reasons cannot even begin to fathom.
I enjoyed reading his eloquent way of writing; much like his oration which I love so much. I found myself laughing at even tho most difficult stories he recounted; because he did recount even the most painful of events with his Irish whit. Except perhaps, Chappiquitic. Although much time was spent discussing this event; little was clarified.
Kennedy did share his method for neither paying reverence to nor discounting any negative attention he received in his lifetime; sharing that any comment to media would have fed the insatiable appetite of the media and endanger any of his credibility; for, if he failed to deny any such allegation, he would appear to the public as guilty.
I enjoyed his senate stories and anecdotes of the good 'ol boys; he shared meaningful recollections. I appreciate his strong faith and guiding force through his challenges. I feel he was candid in sharing of many demons he dealt with.
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I loved reading this book. My only complaint: The Nixon years part of the book did drag on a bit. He had great reason to dislike the man, but was abundantly clear from the start. I feel more time could have been spent on sharing about his run for presidency and failure; and less on why Nixon failed as president. (less)