Edward Kennedy

An Intimate Biography
Product Number: EB00647358
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781582438511
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
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This revealing look at the youngest Kennedy is "an entertaining, psychologically acute rendition of a man and a mystique" (Publishers Weekly). In this groundbreaking biography of Edward Kennedy, historian and journalist Burton Hersh combines a lifetime of research and reporting with a lively mixture of never-before-told anecdotes (including the definitive version of the incident at Chappaquiddick, the details of which Kennedy himself filled in for Hersh shortly after it occurred) to create a broad yet unfailingly intimate portrait of the politician who would be universally acknowledged as one of the twentieth century's greatest American legislators. Hersh was acquainted with Kennedy since his college days, and the result here is a unique series of revelations that serve to reinterpret the senator's public and private personas. Conditioned by deep-seated fears that he was an afterthought within his own powerful family, Kennedy developed a genius for conciliation and strategizing that made him a dramatically more effective political figure than either of his older brothers. In addition to this biography's account of the Chappaquiddick incident, Hersh also delivers the first full report of the vendetta between Kennedy and Richard Nixon, exposing the behind-the-scenes manipulations to which Kennedy resorted to drive Nixon from office during the Watergate scandal. "Totally riveting." -Booklist (starred review) "[A] masterful writer, brilliant thinker and fine historian." -Doris Kearns Goodwin

Author(s): Burton Hersh
Original Publish Date: Aug 10, 2010

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