Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks, and Second Chances
  • Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks, and Second Chances
  • Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks, and Second Chances

Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks, and Second Chances

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by Scott Brown
     
 

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Scott Brown’s greatest win did not occur on a cold January election night in 2010 when he came from behind to capture the U.S. Senate seat held by Ted Kennedy for nearly fifty years. It began when he survived a savage beating at the drunken hands of a stepfather when he was barely six years old while trying to protect his mother.

In this gripping memoir of

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Scott Brown’s greatest win did not occur on a cold January election night in 2010 when he came from behind to capture the U.S. Senate seat held by Ted Kennedy for nearly fifty years. It began when he survived a savage beating at the drunken hands of a stepfather when he was barely six years old while trying to protect his mother.

In this gripping memoir of resilience and redemption, written with clear-eyed conviction and unflinching candor, Brown recalls his difficult childhood marked by innumerable hardships. He tells the story of how basketball showed him the way out of family chaos. Later, as a law student and member of the Massachusetts National Guard, he was picked as Cosmopolitan’s “America’s Sexiest Man” and vaulted into the glamorous world of New York modeling. But the man who was once ushered into the backrooms of Studio 54 returned to Massachusetts to raise a family, and soon found an unlikely path that would lead him to national political stardom.

Poignant, heartfelt, humorous, and profound—including details from the unprecedented Senate race and victory that captured the country’s imagination—this is the story of one man’s dream and determination to fight for a better future.

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Editorial Reviews

Steven Levingston
In unsentimental prose, he describes a Dickensian childhood of poverty, sexual predators and brutal stepfathers…Brown's early life was so horrible, it seems a marvel that he surmounted it. No matter your political affiliation, a reader will get an everything's-finally-right-with-the-world thrill from his success in life…
—The Washington Post
The Tucson Citizen
“Powerful stuff. . . .This isn’t your typical memoir. It is brutally honest, difficult to read, and important.”
The Washington Post
“Dramatic. . . . Poignant. . . . Scott Brown’s life could have veered horribly wrong so many times, as he amply demonstrates in his disquieting memoir. . . . A reader will get an everything’s-finally-right-with-the-world thrill from his success in life.
The New York Review of Books
“A[n] engaging autobiography. . . . A rags-to-riches narrative that sometimes recalls Horatio Alger. . . . Lyricism and occasional symbolic richness emerge in these pages.”
Louisville Courier Journal
“A fresh, compelling memoir of a childhood that could have led to a miserable life, but didn’t. . . .Brown’s straightforward narrative makes for a good read.”
Louisville Courier Journal
“A fresh, compelling memoir of a childhood that could have led to a miserable life, but didn’t. . . .Brown’s straightforward narrative makes for a good read.”
The Washington Post
“Dramatic. . . . Poignant. . . . Scott Brown’s life could have veered horribly wrong so many times, as he amply demonstrates in his disquieting memoir. . . . A reader will get an everything’s-finally-right-with-the-world thrill from his success in life.
The New York Review of Books
“A[n] engaging autobiography. . . . A rags-to-riches narrative that sometimes recalls Horatio Alger. . . . Lyricism and occasional symbolic richness emerge in these pages.”
The Tucson Citizen
“Powerful stuff. . . .This isn’t your typical memoir. It is brutally honest, difficult to read, and important.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062015549
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/21/2011
Pages:
325
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

U.S. Senator Scott Brown was elected by the people of Massachusetts on January 19, 2010, to fill the term of the late senator Ted Kennedy. He lives in Wrentham, Massachusetts, with his wife, Gail, and their two daughters, Ayla and Arianna.

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Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks, and Second Chances 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Rover2 More than 1 year ago
If they gave out medals for overcoming difficulties in youth..Scott Brown would win the gold! A lesson for all who accept less, when they could do MORE! I don't vote in Massachusetts. I wish I did. Mr. Brown's candidness speaks volumes to his personal integrity and that in itself is an inspiration. Read this book and discover a sense that politicians CAN be real people too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read Sen. Brown's book and was deeply moved by his candor and how he shared his life experiences with us. I plan to give this to my kids. Many valuable lessons for everyone. Bravo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very emotional.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Icant vote there either but he is a Great Man Wish I Could Have Love Him
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DAM-JG More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading about Mr. Brown and his life trials and tribulations. He is one exceptional man, and deserves the best that his future brings. Being from Maine, and a Republican, I followed his election, and was thrilled when he took seat. Go Scott Brown!! Good Read for all...
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