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

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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 ...

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Overview

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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062015549
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/21/2011
  • Pages: 325
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Busted 5

2 Dan Sullivan's Hands 23

3 Where They Take You In 43

4 Malden 62

5 Cousins 78

6 Albion to Broadway to Salem 99

7 Judy, Brad, and the Judge 120

8 Basketball 143

9 Larry 166

10 Escape 189

11 The Cosmo Guy 215

12 Jumping Out of Planes 242

13 Gail and Mr. Mom 269

14 Running 302

15 "You'll Never Win" 339

16 "It's the People's Seat" 368

17 Mr. Brown Goes to Washington 405

18 Spider's Web 438

Acknowledgments 455

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

    This man brings hope to us all!

    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.

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

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    A Traumatic Childhood....You'll Feel Sorry for Him!

    I am giving this book a five star rating because the Nookbook comes intact with plenty of photos. Harper Collins can be commended for producing an eBook that is pleasant to read without typographical errors or punctuation marks where they don't belong. I completed reading this book today (in just one day). Scott Brown had two deplorable, wretched stepdads -- Dan Sullivan and Larry McShane. Both stepdads beat his mother in front of the child and then they both beat on the boy (Scott Brown). Then, Scott was the victim of two child molestations. The first child molestation was by a 13 year old boy and the second molestation took place at a religious Summer Camp whereby a Counselor touched him and told him to reciprocate whereby Scott refused and broke away but the Counselor told him that he would silence him if he ever told anyone. Scott could not stand the abuse he was suffering from his tyrannical stepdads and would run away from home and he would play with matches as a way to lash out at his anger. Scott confesses he also shoplifted a couple of times but was caught stealing records and was given a second chance by a judge, Samuel Zoll. Scott became infatuated with basketball and decided to become devoted to the sport. I have to admit that the book does dote on basketball too much but the sport built a constructive character with the lad. Scott later joined the National Guard and went to Law School at Boston College. He was determined to make lemonade from the lemons thrown at him during his turbulent childhood. Scott married Gail who was a TV journalist and they had two daughters, Ayla and Arianna. Ayla was a contestant on "American Idol." Scott Brown had high hopes to gain the vacated Senate seat left by the late Ted Kennedy. The Democrat challenger, Martha Coakley, was deemed unbeatable in the Democrat State of Massachusetts, however, Scott never gave up his determination to win. He campaigned in his trademark truck and shook hands with plenty of citizens. His hard work paid off because he beat Martha Coakley and won the U.S. Senate Seat. Scott says his truck currently has 213,000 miles on it.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2011

    Wow. Finally a book about a politician that is meaningful and can help people

    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

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Excellent read

    Very emotional.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Great book

    Icant vote there either but he is a Great Man Wish I Could Have Love Him

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

    Great Book!

    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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  • Posted March 3, 2011

    Recommended as highly as possible

    In the past five years I have read in the area of three hundred books, just about all being non-fiction. I would rank this book #1. It is as revealing a book as I have ever read. I am from the area where Scott grew up and am familiar with a number of towns and names he mentions. If he ever has the motivation to run for POTUS he will get my vote, and I am sure just about all those who take the time to read this book. If every so-called politician were half as honest as he has been this country would be so much better off. I don't care if he is a Democrat, Republican or whatever he showed me more in this book than any politician I have ever read about. My wife reads two to three books a week, just about all fiction. She loved this book as much as she has ever read. It should be required reading for every politician or anyone considering entering politics. Simply said this book is sensational.

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