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No figure in American public life has had such great expectations
thrust upon him, or has responded so poorly. But Ted Kennedy -- the
youngest of the Kennedy children and the son who felt the least
pressure to satisfy his father's enormous ambitions -- would go on to
live a life that no one could have predicted: dismissed as a spent
force in politics by the time he reached middle age, Ted 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 revealing and intimate biography, the
gregarious, pudgy, and least academically successful of the Kennedy
boys has witnessed greater tragedy and suffered greater pressure than
any of his siblings.