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Last Lion by Peter S. Canellos
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Aug 23, 10

Read in August, 2010

Having read at least one biography of Ted Kennedy and another chronicling the relationships with his brothers, I thought "Last Lion" lacked quite a bit. The book provided numerous anecdotes of his impact on social progress in the senate and political realm, and his dedication to his constituents of Massachusetts. I thought it glossed over a lot of things, creating a rather fluffy obituary-esque summation. Part of what makes Ted Kennedy such an interesting subject is the fact he was so reviled and so revered at the same time.

Perhaps it was the length. 400 pages or so to cover more than 4 decades of a political career of the last surviving Kennedy seemed short and read like a long, nicely framed wikipedia entry. I wasn't expecting a book to pull apart the departed Kennedy, but was hoping maybe it would give much more than it did. Especially considering it came from the team of newspaper writers who spent decades following the family.

The worst line in the book, "Powerful words, spoken powerfully." summarizes the exact opposite of what I got from reading it.
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Richp What did it gloss over?

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