The Kennedy Legacy: Jack, Bobby and Ted and a Family Dream Fulfilled

Paperback | August 3, 2010

byVincent Bzdek

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The closing of Ted Kennedy's chapter in America's 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 Kennedy's 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.

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The closing of Ted Kennedy's chapter in America's 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 Kennedy's individual stories can now be seen as essentially one, with each brother striving to fulfill the interrupted promise of the br...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.65 inPublished:August 3, 2010Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230623867

ISBN - 13:9780230623866

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"Joe would often serve as a surrogate parent, filling in as enforcer and role model during the frequent absences of Joe Sr. and Rose. Jack would act as the family’s detached observer, commenting and dissecting the proceedings as much as participating in them. Bobby was the fierce-willed altar boy, fighting for every scrap of ground he could get with a kind of messianic zeal, and Ted was the roll-with-the-punches guy. In short, Joe Jr. was the family’s star, Jack its wit, Bobby its soul, and Ted its laugh . . .  Joe Sr. genuinely expected all four sons to be president. He gloated when they were children that he would outdo the Adams family, which only had two presidents." – from The Kennedy Legacy

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

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"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