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Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy

Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy

By the Team at the Boston Globe Edited by Peter S. Canellos Simon & Schuster; 464 pages

Had the last chapter in Ted Kennedy's story been written a generation ago, it would have been a cautionary tale: the scandal-scarred prodigal son who, consigned to carrying the torch of America's foremost political dynasty, extinguished it in the waters of Chappaquiddick Island. But Kennedy found redemption in a stellar second act. As the authors write, "the chubby kid in short pants who was eclipsed for so many years by his brothers" became the clan's...

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