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

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by Scott Brown
     
 

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Against All Odds is the extraordinary personal story of the man who rose up to meet the challenge of terrific opposition and become one of America's most promising new political figures—Senator Scott Brown. Brown is famous for succeeding popular Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy after Kennedy’s death in 2010—but, as he reveals in a

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Against All Odds is the extraordinary personal story of the man who rose up to meet the challenge of terrific opposition and become one of America's most promising new political figures—Senator Scott Brown. Brown is famous for succeeding popular Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy after Kennedy’s death in 2010—but, as he reveals in a compelling memoir reminiscent of Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue and Clarence Thomas’s My Grandfather’s Son, his experiences with struggle and achievement go back a lifetime.

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.
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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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