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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 bJohn, 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....

Title : The Kennedy Legacy: Jack, Bobby and Ted and a Family Dream Fulfilled
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ISBN : 9780230613676
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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The Kennedy Legacy: Jack, Bobby and Ted and a Family Dream Fulfilled Reviews

  • Allison Long
    2019-07-03 11:07

    I would have LOVED this book. I have long been interested in Ted Kennedy's role within the Kennedy family, being the surviving brother with a long career pushing items in the Senate that I support. I opened 'The Kennedy Legacy' with a sense of high expectation and preliminary satisfaction. Until Mr. Bzdek crushed all of it less than 50 pages in with incorrect facts about Kathleen Kennedy. Friends, family and those of you who have read enough of my Kennedy book reviews know that Kathleen is my favorite. I am very protective of her. In his book, Bzdek briefly talks about the early tragedies to befall the Kennedy family. In the brief section, he writes that Billy Harrinton, Kathleen's fiance, was killed shortly after the two announced their engagement. Kathleen Kennedy and Billy HARTINGTON were married in May of 1944. Billy was killed that August. This information can be found on the JFK Library website. Bzdek then goes on to completely leave out Kathleen's own untimely death, to only refer to it in passing much later in the book.We read to learn more about things we don't know. I understand that 'The Kennedy Legacy' is a book about Ted. However, for someone who might just be learning about the Kennedy Legacy and all that entails, the above mentioned mistake is detrimental. Books shape our ideas, thoughts and knowledge. It is the author's, editor's and yes, the reader's responsibility to make sure that these facts are indeed facts (in non-fiction). Outside of this glaring error (and one other that is less detrimental), 'The Kennedy Legacy' is an interesting and, at times, touching tribute to Ted. If you can shake the fear of digesting incorrectly represented information (and I do believe his research on the brothers to be better fact-checked), you will enjoy this read. I will take a step off my soapbox now.

  • Samantha
    2019-06-28 18:57

    This is a very short but good summary of the four Kennedy brothers and how they built upon each other's legacies. It starts off talking about all four of them: Joe Jr., Jack, Bobby and Teddy. Yes, they talk about the other members of the family especially their father, Joe Sr. However the first part is about the brothers growing up and their rivalries. It explores how they became who they were and why. It also explores the roles that each brother was supposed to play and how it all got changed as each one died early except for Teddy. The second section is about Jack, Bobby and Teddy and how Joe Jr.'s death played in their changed lives. It talks about the role that Bobby and Teddy played in Jack's run for the presidency and how it was decided that Teddy would become a Senator. The third section talks about the roles that Bobby and Teddy took after Jack's murder. It talks about how they totally changed their roles not only in the public life but in their personal lives with their family. The last section is Teddy's life. I didn't realize how much his life changed because of his brothers but also his brother in laws and Jackie. The bad parts of this book are the length of time devoted to it and that it didn't truly explore what is to come from the third and fourth generations of Kennedys. It does go into John Jr.'s death and Patrick's addictions but otherwise it only mentions other members of the life. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a summary of the Kennedy legacy or to anyone looking to get their feet wet in the world of the Kennedys.

  • Bill Hall
    2019-07-12 12:07

    Though three Kennedy brothers grace the cover of this book (and the fallen oldest brother, Joe. Jr., is a strong presence as well), the focus is on the youngest brother, Ted. Author Vincent Bzdek's thesis is signaled by the title. While much of the vast literature on the Kennedys focuses on their unfilled legacy, Bzdek argues that their goals have found fulfillment--largely through Ted Kennedy's decades of service in the United States Senate.Bzdek's portrait of Edward Kennedy is an unflinching one. He presents the many trials Kennedy has had to deal with--some not of his own making (the murder of his brothers, his own serious injuries in a 1964 plane crash, deaths and illnesses of other family members) and many that were his responsibility (Chappaquiddick, his ill-fated 1980 run for president, his drinking and womanizing). He portrays Kennedy as a phoenix continually rising from the ashes, emerging stronger from these tragedies and turning them into triumphs.There's extensive discussion of Kennedy's legislative accomplishments for those dispossessed and marginalized by society--minorities, women the poor--along with what the Senator regards as his "finest hour," his early unwavering opposition to the Iraq War.Kennedy's battle with a malignant brain tumor opens and closes the book. While Kennedy's life and service may be nearing its end, Bzdek believes that the Kennedy family legacy will live on in American public life for decades to come. As an admirer of the Kennedy family, I found this brief, well-written book to be a well-done summation of their lives and careers. Even those who dislike the Kennedys may find enough here to consider a reappraisal of their contributions to American life.

  • Harry
    2019-07-08 15:52

    "Big brother John had challenged people to do something for their country. Bobby had called on them to care for the dispossessed. By the example of his durability, Ted exhorted them to never, ever quit." So states Vincent Bzdek in a wonderful work that not only describes the lives and work of the three Kennedy brothers, Jack, Bobby and Ted, but integrates and contrasts their achievements, styles, and challenges. The book is clearly divided into acts (collection of chapters) featuring the dominate brothers of the respective time period covered. The author is clear and objective in describing the successes and setbacks of the Kennedy brothers and comprehensive in explaining their impacts. A larger portion of the work is devoted in describing the life of Ted Kennedy, but that is only because of the extended length of time in public office as compared to Jack and Bobby. Recommend for anyone interested in presidential history, the Kennedy family, or a history of contemporary times. Excellent reading!

  • Rae
    2019-07-10 19:06

    A well-done, if overly positive, look at the four Kennedy brothers and how they influenced one another. It does help to already know some of the family history when you pick this one up.Where else but in Gothic fiction, where else among real people, could one encounter such triumphs and tragedies, such beauty and charm and ambition and pride and human wreckage, such dedication to the best and lapses into the mire of life; such vulgar, noble, driven, generous, self-centered, loving, suspicious, devious, honorable, vulnerable, indomitable wonder the American public, their audience--for that matter much of the world--has been fascinated by them.:Clare Booth Luce

  • Bkh4
    2019-07-14 18:54

    The stories were intriguing even if the writing style was a bit dry. It was a very interesting read, and I especially enjoyed reading about the unlikely friendship between Sen. Ted Kennedy and Sen. Orrin Hatch.

  • Corey Holmes
    2019-06-27 17:09

    Teddy doesnt get enough credit because he was not flashy, but I have to admit if I had the aura of JFK and the moxy of RFK I would be beloved too...

  • Amy
    2019-06-20 19:02

    A little too political for me...

  • Kaela
    2019-07-18 16:57

    I always enjoy reading about the Kennedy's. This was an easy history read that spans from Joe to Teddy. It is not as specific as some other ones but well written.

  • Amy
    2019-06-21 17:45

    I ended up reading pieces and parts of this book -- some of what I read was very interesting, while some of the other stuff was same old same old.

  • Katie
    2019-07-12 13:42

    One of the best books I've read about the Kennedys, and I've read quite a few!