Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy

Written by:
Peter S. Canellos
Narrated by:
Skipp Sudduth

Abridged Audiobook

Release Date
February 2009
7 hours 13 minutes
The comprehensive New York Times bestselling biography of Senator Ted Kennedy dives deeply into his political career, his shocking downfall, and his redemption from disappointing member of a grand dynasty to respected sage in the Senate.

No figure in American public life had such great expectations thrust upon him and fallen short of them so quickly. But Ted Kennedy, the gregarious, pudgy, and least academically successful of the Kennedy boys, became the most powerful senator for over forty years and the nation’s keeper of traditional liberalism.

As Peter S. Canellos and his team of reporters from The Boston Globe show in this intimate biography, Ted witnessed greater tragedy and suffered greater pressure than his siblings. He inherited a generation’s dreams and was expected to help confront his nation’s problems in order to build a fairer society. But political rivals turned his all-too-human failings into a condemnation of his liberal politics. As the presidency eluded his grasp, Kennedy was finally free to become his own man. He transformed himself into a symbol of wisdom and perseverance.

Perceptive and carefully reported, drawing from candid interviews with the Kennedy family, Last Lion captures magnificently the life, historic achievements, and personal redemption of Ted Kennedy, and offers a fresh assessment of his enduring legacy.
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Actually 3.75 stars Kennedy was amazing-- I had no idea how impressive he was. I learned a lot. I really enjoyed the book because of the man it was about. For me, however, there were no new insights into the tough stuff like plane and car accidents, both of which led to the deaths of others and resulted from his bad judgment. Nor, did I learn enough about the roots of his complexity.

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