Synopses & Reviews
John, Robert, and Ted Kennedy's individual stories can be seen as essentially one, each successive brother striving to fulfill the interrupted promise of the brother before. The closing of Ted Kennedy's chapter in Americas political and cultural life means that, for the first time perhaps, the real measure of the Kennedy legacy can finally be taken. This is a story of a brotherhood in three acts: Act I is John F. Kennedys presidency, as seen from Teds front-row seat. Act II is Robert Kennedys five brief years as the family standard bearer, including his tenure in the Senate with his brother Ted and the memorable 82-day presidential campaign that redefined the Kennedy legacy. Act III is Teds 40-plus years in the Senate as keeper of the flame.
How did the brothers pass the torch to each other? What have the three brothers left us collectively? And who carries the torch forward now? The Kennedy Legacy compellingly answers these questions and much more.
"Vincent Bzdek is a superb writer and terrific researcher. He's gotten to the heart of what made the Kennedy brothers such a powerful force in American politics." --Tom Cronin, author of The Paradoxes of the American Presidency
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"Vincent Bzdek is a terrific observer and storyteller who has found the perfect subject in Nancy Pelosi. Woman of the House is a revealing portrait of the complex politician--part old-school, part New Age--who shattered the glass ceiling and became the most powerful female elected official in the nation's history."--Eugene Robinson, political columnist, The Washington Post
"Bzdek [is] a crisp writer and effective storyteller....It's a page-turning and impressive ride." --New York Post
“Bzdek provides a well-rounded portrait of a powerful woman.” --Booklist
"Balanced...[a] thoroughly researched biography."--Library Journal
“Washington Post news editor and features writer Bzdek. . .delineates [the story] succinctly and compellingly. . .Bzdek does a fine job.”--Kirkus “The strength of Bzdek's book is to put Kennedy's accomplishments in the context of his family history”--St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Vincent Bzdek is a superb writer and terrific researcher. He's gotten to the heart of what made the Kennedy brothers such a powerful force in American politics." --Tom Cronin, author of The Paradoxes of the American Presidency "In a timely and readable biography, Vince Bzdek describes in authoritative and colorful detail Ted Kennedy's remarkable rise from the bottom rung of the legendary Kennedy family's public service ladder to a transcendant role in American politics, government and public life." -- Len Downie, former executive editor of The Washington Post, and author of The Rules of the Game
Bzdek examines John, Robert, and Ted Kennedy's legacy on the American political landscape.
The closing of Ted Kennedys chapter in Americas 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 Kennedys 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 pass the family torch to each other? And who carries the torch forward now? Vincent Bzdek compellingly answers these questions and much, much more.
About the Author
Vincent Bzdek is the news editor and a features writer at The Washington Post. He has also written for The Wall Street Journal, Wired Magazine, The Denver Post, and is the author of Woman of the House. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Table of Contents
Prologue The Last Hurrah Joe, Jack, Bobby and Teddy The Blowtorch An Army of Mothers A Letter from Joe The Sweet-and-Sour Brother Act The Kennedy Generation Let Us Begin Ted's Turn Brothers in Arms The Impossible Dream The Reluctant Patriarch The Torchbearer A Camelot Too Far The Minotaur Four Funerals and a Wedding His Finest Hour The Fight of his Life Epilogue - The Dream Lives On