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ISBN-13: 9781439138175
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 2/2009
The Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy (Simon & Schuster, $28) focuses on the Senator’s contributions and is the work of a team from The Boston Globe, edited by Peter Canellos. From Teddy’s early days on the campaign trail through his personal problems, including Chappaquiddick, the reporters provide a thorough and fair analysis of Ted Kennedy’s full career in the Senate and an excellent view of how the Senate and politics work.

ISBN-13: 9780230613676
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Published: Palgrave Macmillan Trade, 4/2009
Vincent Bzdek of The Washington Post chose to look at the entire family in The Kennedy Legacy (Palgrave Macmillan, $26.95), focusing on Senator Kennedy’s development as family leader. Once, a lifetime ago, Ted Kennedy was just a youngster with a famous name and two charismatic brothers. He became one of the great Senators of all time, beloved by his fellow Senators in both parties, and he has mentored his family, his children and nieces and nephews, and several generations of young men and women in his office.

ISBN-13: 9780446539258
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Published: Twelve, 9/2009
There are two excellent books about Senator Ted Kennedy and, of course, his own touching memoir, True Compass (Twelve, $35). Any one of these will satisfy those who loved and respected the Senator and those with fond memories of the family. True Compass, composed with the help of Ron Powers, feels as though the Senator is talking to us about his life. He recalls his childhood as the baby brother, Jack’s presidential campaign, his own appointment to the Senate, Robert’s sadly aborted campaign (how would American history be different if Robert Kennedy had not been assassinated?), his own growing reputation, and his personal problems and successes. It is a remarkably honest biography, unexpected from a famous politician.