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The Kennedy Legacy: Jack, Bobby and Ted and a Family Dream Fulfilled

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  • Posted September 29, 2009

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    stick to the facts please!

    some of the facts are so easy to check but this writer didn't bother. For example, he refers to the Kennedy home in Palm Springs-it was in Palm Beach (which he correcvtly refers to on the next page). He also refers to the death of Kathleen Kennedy's "fiance" Billy Hartington shortly afterthey had announced their engagement. Kathleen & Billy had been married (there are even photos of the wartime wedding attended by Joe, Jr & Jack, among others). Billy was killed in the war not long after the marriage. It's these little details that made me question the veracity or correctness of the rest of the book and leave it unfinished.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2009

    Kennedy's

    I have not been able to put this book down since I received it last week. We read here the details and behind the scenes accounts of the Kennedy family in addition to some in depth looks at Jack, Bobby and Ted from Ted's perspective.

    I remember reading 'Profiles in Courage' and referring to it a lot as a kid. But, looking back, the Kennedy family was the first to take advantage of the media available at the time. However, the close intimate look at snippets of daily life, not in flowery language, just plain facts. How Joe Sr. pushed his boys to become leaders. He wanted them all to be President some day. The talks around the dinner table, the events and activities of the family that would really be a kind of symbol of the America dream for many Americans.

    We get three great views of each of the Kennedys. We all know about John and Bobby, and I wish that he had written a little more about these two. With Ted, you get the sense that he is telling a lot about him, but, giving him the break that many have given him, forgiving him, as he continued his time in the Senate. The third longest time in the Senate according to the author.

    His focus is on the 'Dream' that JFK first spoke of, that Bobby attempted to make reality and that through thousands of written bills, Ted has made reality. What impresses me is that we see the spirit of bipartisanship promoted by Ted, although he may be extreme to some, his passion for helping the little guy must be something to look at. We see Ted's friendhip with Republican Orin Hatch. We see his humor. We see his passion as Ted pushed himself to speak at the last DNC. "The Dream Lives On." I remember that speech and how it touched me.

    The author leaves us thinking about the next generation of Kennedys. We will see if Caroline takes up with Ted left off. No matter your point of view, you just have to love the passion for what this family has stood for. I think reading about those who have succeeded in life is critical for our people and those around the world.

    The Kennedy Legacy is a book that will have its place in many a library. It is a book that will inspire you to think great things and to see what you can do to get involved (What you can do for your country) in a critical time such as this.

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