The Kennedy Legacy
The Kennedy Legacy
Jack, Bobby and Ted and a Family Dream Fulfilled
Palgrave MacMillan, Hardcover, 9780230613676, 270pp.
Publication Date: April 28, 2009
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 America's 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. Kennedy's presidency, as seen from Ted's front-row seat. Act II is Robert Kennedy's 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 Ted's 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.
“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