A very readable biography of Ted Kennedy, senator from Massachusetts. Through his childhood, the death of his brothers, his journey through the Senate, his personal problems as well as his role as the 2008 Presential "kingmaker", this was a very interesting and quick read. I was surprised to read certain things in this book, such as his father, Joseph Kennedy, being the emotional center of the family. Other sources I had read made him the cold ambitious father.
Other points seem to be mysteriously glossed over. While the story here is about Ted Kennedy, I got the overall impression there was a lot left out, perhaps in deference to the family. For instance, there are anecdotes from the 2008 Presidential campaign that appear to be missing. One is the specifically racial comments supposedly made by Bill Clinton regarding Barack Obama. Another is "The Snub", where Obama turns around on the Senate floor to avoid Hilary Clinton, who is about to greet Kennedy, who is standing to Obama. While arguably these are really about the larger 2008 election picture and Obama and the Clintons, I was surprised at some of the lack of detail. This makes me think there are other topics either not explored, not mentioned, or given a positive sheen.
That is not to say this isn't a good book. Kennedy has done great work for the victims of 9/11 and their families, not to mention his work on health care. Also, he was also among those few who could build bridges across the aisle, for good or for ill.