Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy

Overview

No figure in American public life has had such great expectations thrust upon him and fallen short of them so quickly. But Ted Kennedy, the gregarious, pudgy, and least academically successful of the Kennedy boys, became the most powerful senator of the last half century and the nation’s keeper of traditional liberalism.

As Peter S. Canellos and his team of Boston Globe reporters show in this intimate biography, Ted witnessed greater tragedy and suffered greater pressure than ...

See more details below
Paperback
$27.05
BN.com price
(Save 9%)$29.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (55) from $1.99   
  • New (17) from $1.99   
  • Used (38) from $1.99   
Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$11.66
BN.com price

Overview

No figure in American public life has had such great expectations thrust upon him and fallen short of them so quickly. But Ted Kennedy, the gregarious, pudgy, and least academically successful of the Kennedy boys, became the most powerful senator of the last half century and the nation’s keeper of traditional liberalism.

As Peter S. Canellos and his team of Boston Globe reporters show in this intimate biography, Ted witnessed greater tragedy and suffered greater pressure than his siblings. He inherited a generation’s dreams and ambitions, and was expected to help confront his nation’s problems and to build a fairer society. But political rivals turned his all-too-human failings into a condemnation of his liberal politics. As the presidency eluded his grasp, Kennedy was finally free to become his own man. He transformed himself into a symbol of wisdom and perseverance.

Now, in two new chapters, Last Lion reveals how Kennedy battled cancer while helping Barack Obama bring about the biggest reform of health care in the nation’s history, and how he said good-bye to his family, friends, and enemies.

Perceptive and carefully reported, drawing from candid interviews with the Kennedy family, Last Lion captures magnificently the life, historic achievements, and personal redemption of Ted Kennedy, and offers a fresh assessment of his enduring legacy.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From Barnes & Noble
Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (1932-2009) was the youngest, longest living, most scandal ridden, and arguably most influential of the triumvirate of Joseph Kennedy's sons. This 400-page Boston Globe team biography, now fitted with new chapters, covers his life from elite upbringing to lengthy political career to Chappaquiddick debacle and multiple, multigenerational family tragedies. At times, this scintillating bio reads like a true story begging to become a movie. A hardcover bestseller; now updated in paperback.
From the Publisher
"In 400 brisk but detail-rich pages, the book...sketches a poignant portrait." — The New York Times Book Review

"If you want a peek inside America's royal family, this is a must-read, with details that only Boston Globe reporters could know." — Tim O'Brien, The Minneapolis Star Tribune

"A balanced, nuanced, warts-and-all portrait." — Kirkus Reviews

"A timely if not revelatory portrait of a flawed figure who 'never expected to become the custodian of his family's sorrows' but found a way to transcend the role." — Alex Altman, Time

"A readable, relatively objective study of the once most-vilified man in contemporary American politics." — The Washington Times

"With the publication of Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy, we get a fresh look at how this man's gothic imperatives — blood loyalty and inherited duty — would make him the greatest U.S. senator of modern times." — Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's Hardball and author of Kennedy & Nixon: The Rivalry That Shaped Postwar America

"Last Lion is a fine biography, a graceful summing up an extraordinary life that is not yet over. It shows little sign of having been written by a team of seven, and it does not carry the tone of an obituary. With its anecdotes and political tales, it captures the wit, humor, and grace of Ted Kennedy and establishes his place, 'as much a part of the Capitol as the dome or the Rotunda beneath it.'" — Ken Bode, The Boston Globe

Chris Cillizza
…an insightful biography
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly

This biography delves deeply into Senator Kennedy's nearly half-century legislative career-but it's the personal dramas that prove the most enthralling; tracks are organized such that listeners bored by the politics can click ahead for a quit exit back to Hyannisport, Georgetown, Palm Beach or Chappaquiddick. Skipp Sudduth imbues his narration with feeling, recounting the numerous tragedies (the death of all three of Kennedy's brothers, his son's cancer and subsequent leg amputation, his nephew JFK Jr.'s fatal plane crash and now his own brain tumor) with quiet dignity. Despite the countless trials, this is anything but depressing listening; the resilience and indomitable optimism of the subject himself is well-conveyed by this enjoyable recording. A Simon & Schuster hardcover. (Feb.)

Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Library Journal

Canellos and his team of Boston Globe reporters begin this insightful and informative biography of Ted Kennedy with the 2008 news of his malignant tumor, then chronicle his childhood, relating anecdotes and discussing his good humor, generosity, trials and tribulations, ambitions, many tragedies, and more. The reporting draws from candid interviews with the Kennedys and their inner circle. One of the book's most interesting components is its description of Kennedy's relationship with his wife, Victoria Reggie. Actor/musician/narrator Skipp Sudduth (Just After Sunset) engagingly relays both the personal and professional milestones of the senator's life; strongly recommended. [Audio clip available through simonandschuster.com; the S. & S. hc, published in February, was a New York Times best seller.-Ed.]
—Carol Stern

Kirkus Reviews
A respectful but not stuffy portrait of Edward Kennedy, the playboy of legendary appetites turned senior statesman. Upon learning last spring that Kennedy had been stricken with cancer, John McCain lauded him as "the last lion of the Senate," adding that "he remains the single most effective member of the Senate if you want to get results." By this account, assembled by Canellos and a team of seasoned reporters from the Boston Globe, McCain's encomium seems right on the mark. Kennedy has been notable in pushing through a wide variety of laws and programs, particularly ones that concern health, education and workers' rights. It was not always that way. The writers portray the early Kennedy-the last of four brothers and nine children, and often the target of withering criticism-as just shy of being a wastrel, ejected from Harvard for cheating on a Spanish exam and fond of the night life. A stint as an enlisted man in the Army-during which his father pulled strings to keep him from the battle lines in Korea-helped turn him around, but he still got arrested for reckless driving even as he was preparing to serve as his brother Jack's campaign manager. Thrust into the family trade, Kennedy "walloped his Republican opponent, grabbing three-quarters of the vote" in the 1964 Senate race, and he slowly began to build a resume as a serious, studious politician-a reputation blunted but not squashed by scandals such as Chappaquiddick. Most striking about this sturdy account is Kennedy's well-practiced habit of crossing the aisle to disarm his Republican opponents with a combination of charm and arm-twisting. One unlikely ally was Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who came to Congress with a specific agendaof fighting Kennedy on every front. Another was President George W. Bush, whom Kennedy aided in pushing through the No Child Left Behind legislation-though he later "blamed Bush for reneging on his side of the bargain."A balanced, nuanced, warts-and-all portrait. Author tour to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington, D.C.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439141335
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 8/3/2010
  • Pages: 499
  • Sales rank: 1,379,741
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Canellos is the Washington bureau chief for The Boston Globe and oversees all national coverage for the paper, where he has worked since 1988 covering local, state, and national politics.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

The Contributors ix

Introduction 1

Part 1 The Rise 9

Part 2 The Trials and Tribulations 143

Part 3 The Redemption 303

Epilogue 429

Acknowledgments 441

Notes 443

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 31 Customer Reviews
  • Posted March 7, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Balanced and Objective

    Last Lion is a very objective and fair look at Ted Kennedy. Written by a team of writers from the Boston Globe, which certainly leans left and liberalism, I didn't know what to expect before reading the book. Being a a registered independent I was very pleasantly surprised to not only find the postive but also the negative traits of a very successful senator in the eyes of many who certainly has had his share of problems in life. A thorough study of Kennedy and also his family from his birth until his present unfortunate situation is given. In addition to Kennedy an objective look at the senate and politics in general was well described. When finished reading the book one also realizes what a cruel underhanded business politics really is. I couldn't put the book down and read it in a few days. It was refreshing to read a book that left no stones unturned much like The Yankee Years.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted April 19, 2009

    More than a biography

    This book is more than a biography, it's also somewhat of a political history of the last fifty years. While Ted Kennedy's life and the people and events that influenced it was interesting, his relationship with the various presidents during his tenure and the changes he made in his approach to his job and his family were telling and ultimately will be part of his legacy. As far as forming an opinion about Senator Kennedy ,there is no questioning his commitment to public service but one has to question his commitment to family when by his own admission his personal behavior was not exactly the role model he should have been as a father or high profile public official. I must admit the book was never dull and any political junkie will like it

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted April 24, 2009

    A story of political and family resilience

    Good, balanced chronology of Ted Kennedy's life, written like an elongated news story without bias. You have to admire him after reading this book, regardless of your political affiliation

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 26, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Joining The Chorus

    Another vote for this book as a great political biography. The Ted Kennedy story is told warts and all, but above all one gets a picture of the man and his career that is informative and readable. Not to be missed by anyone who likes politics.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    Interesting read

    Very informative

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 6, 2010

    Great Read on Ted Kennedy

    This book was so great and I really enjoyed reading it. I have loaned it out to several friends and they all felt the same way.
    Ted Kennedy wasn't a very complex man. He started out as a selfish, spoiled child, and was indulged by everyone in his family (with the exception of his older brother, Robert). He got into trouble and never knew how to accept responsibility for his actions.
    But, as many do, he changed in the last two decades of his life. He really got it together and began the actions of a man seeking redemption. Redemption from earlier failings and disappointments. His final years were spent trying to make a difference in the lives of many of the downtrodden have-nots in this country. He succeeded in championing the most liberal of causes and I am always proud to see a man turn himself around and become the man he was meant to be. It wasn't easy being the 'father' to all those nieces and nephews left behind by all his siblings. But, he proved to be a Man for all Seasons and this country was Lucky to have him serve in the U.S. Senate. This book tells his story, warts & all. I recommend this to all, fans & critics alike. Very enlightening.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 22, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Kennedy was an Amazing Man

    Teddy kennedy was an amazing man who DID LIVE UP TO THE EXPECTIONS OF AMERICA! Take for example his 1980 democratic concession speech. After look at his speeches and all he has done for America it is clear the the author purposly ignores FACT, and reason to suit his own patheic political claims.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted June 20, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Nothing was ever Ted Kennedy's fault.

    Boy! This has to be one of the sappiest biographies ever written. It becomes obvious very early on that the crew from the Boston Globe who wrote this book is nothing more than an adoring fan club of Ted Kennedy. One reviewer said the book includes warts and all. Sure it brings up most of Ted's many shortcomings but sooner or later you learn that whatever Ted may have done wrong, it was always someone else's fault. The book starts out with how he and his siblings were terribly neglected by their parents. Daddy Joe was off screwing Hollywood movie stars and Mommy Rose was in Paris shopping to get even. All the while the kids were at home being reared by nannies. Nevertheless, in the eyes of the Boston Globe fan club, these two flawed people were the most wonderful parents children could ever have. The pitiful irony doesn't stop there. Throughout the book, we are dragged through the tragic life of a man who selflessly dedicated his life to public service. Gag me with a spoon!

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 4, 2009

    An outstanding biography!

    An outstanding biography of an amazingly complex individual.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 31 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)