Ted Kennedy, the Dream That Never Died

Ted Kennedy, the Dream That Never Died

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In the most inspiring speech of his career, Ted Kennedy once vowed: "For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die."

Unlike his martyred brothers, John and Robert, whose lives were cut off before the promise of a better future could be realized, Ted lived long enough to make many promises come true. During a career that spanned an astonishing half-century, he put his imprint on every major piece of progressive legislation–from health care and education to civil rights.

There were times during that career–such as after the incident in Chappaquiddick–when Ted seemed to have surrendered to his demons. But there were other times–after one of his inspiring speeches on the floor of the Senate, for example–when he was compared to Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, John Calhoun, and other great lawmakers of the past.

Indeed, for most of his life, Ted Kennedy played a kaleidoscope of roles–from destructive thrill seeker to constructive lawmaker; from straying husband to devoted father and uncle. In Ted Kennedy: The Dream That Never Died, celebrated Kennedy biographer Edward Klein at last reconciles these contradictions, painting a stunningly original, up-to-the-moment portrait of Ted Kennedy and his remarkable late-in-life redemption.

Drawing on a vast store of original research and unprecedented access to Ted Kennedy’s political associates, friends, and family, Klein takes the reader behind the scenes to reveal many secrets. Among them:

• Why Caroline Kennedy, at Ted’s urging, aspired to fill the New York Senate vacancy but then suddenly and unexpectedly withdrew her candidacy.
• How Ted ended his longest-lasting romantic relationship to marry Victoria Reggie, and the unexpected effect that union had on his personal and political redemption.
• What transpired between the parents of Mary Jo Kopechne and Ted Kennedy during two private meetings at Ted’s home.
• Which feuds are likely to erupt within the Kennedy family in the wake of Ted’s demise, and what will become of Ted’s fortune and political legacy.

Ted Kennedy: The Dream That Never Died does not shrink from portraying the erratic side of Ted Kennedy and his former wife, Joan. But both in spirit and tone, it is a compassionate celebration of a complex man who, in the winter of his life, summoned the best in himself to come to the aid of his troubled nation.

Baker & Taylor
Presents the life and accomplishments of the Massachusetts senator, from his early childhood and family life to the deaths of his brothers and his later life as a senator and family man.

Book News
This biography of Edward "Ted" Kennedy provides a more balanced portrait of the man than previous volumes by exploring both his achievements as a congressional leader and the more troubling events in his life. Klein, former editor of Newsweek and author of several Kennedy family biographies, reveals some of the more personal and secretive chapters in Kennedy's life such as his battle to overcome drinking and womanizing and volatile family discussions concerning Mary Jo Kopechne, the woman who died in the infamous Chappaquiddick incident. General readers will also appreciate the focus on recent events in the senator's life such as his battle with brain cancer and Caroline Kennedy's interest and eventual dismissal of Hillary Clinton's vacant New York Senate seat. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, 2009
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307451033
Branch Call Number: 973.9209 KENNE KLEIN
Characteristics: xvii, 254 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm


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Aug 18, 2017

Compares Ted Kennedy's personal misdeeds to his legislative effectiveness.
--- Ted often drank himself drunk. His flagrant adulteries turned his wife into a pathological alcoholic.
--- Ted was suspended from Harvard for having someone else take an exam for him.
--- On a flight, Ted insisted his pilot go on through dangerous weather. The plane crashed, killing the pilot and another passenger. Ted was injured; the Kennedies publicized his heroic recovery.
--- Leaving a drunken party, Ted drove his car off a bridge and it plunged under water. Ted escaped the car but left his young female companion Mary Jo Kopechne to die while he and his cronies tried to disguise what had happened. Ted wanted one of them to take the blame. Mary Jo lasted three hours in an air pocket before suffocating. A police diver could have saved her if Ted had reported the accident.
--- Ted led younger Kennedies in a drunken orgy that resulted in rape charges.
--- After Roe v Wade, Ted supported abortion including partial birth abortion. He probably hoped to overcome the resentment of female voters. Ted became a skilled legislative negotiator for Liberal measures. He believed the Kennedies deserved a perpetual seat in the US Senate. His father had said of Jack's seat, "I paid for it, it belongs to the family."
--- Ted collapsed and was diagnosed with fatal brain cancer. He stayed in office 15 months till he died. He should have resigned from the Senate at once. The Senate does not exist for the ego-gratification of its members, though many of them seem to think that. His seat should not have been held by a dying absentee. He showed contempt for constituents by clinging to it. (The same goes for John McCain.)
--- In spite of his bad personal behavior, Liberals hailed Ted as "the Lion of the Senate."


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