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Last Lion by Peter S. Canellos
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May 23, 2010

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I think the writers at the Boston Globe did a great job with this book. I have read a lot about the Kennedys over the years and was hesitant to read another book about them. Then again, Teddy has more often than not been left out of the bright spotlight in the previous books I had read. Last Lion succeeds at giving a sweeping account of the life and times of Edward Kennedy, skillfully highlighting his vast accomplishments, while also sufficiently addressing his massive personal failings (Chappaquidick et al). This books strikes the perfect balance in its attempt to portray such a complex character as Kennedy: vividly recalling his passion for the poor and the ill, his zeal on capitol hill, and his unwavering commitment to the Kennedy clan; and refusing to gloss over the scandals and the lies that had haunted Ted. Because of this book, I now have a deep sense of who Ted Kennedy really was--the man, the father, the son, the uncle, and the senator.
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