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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (131 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Brown Narrator: Scott Brown Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Scott Brown's greatest win did not occur when he came from behind to capture the U.S. Senate seat held by Ted Kennedy. It began when he survived a savage beating at the drunken hands of a stepfather when he was barely six years old.

In this gripping memoir of resilience and redemption, Brown tells the story of his difficult life. For nearly two decades growing up, Brown endured innumerable hardships and challenges, even stealing food to eat. With clear-eyed conviction and unflinching candor, Brown tells of his own bad-boy days and of how he found a way out of familial chaos, winning a starting slot on the Tufts varsity basketball team. His rise from there was meteoric: a first-year law student and member of the Massachusetts National Guard, he was picked as Cosmopolitan magazine's “America's Sexiest Man" and was vaulted into the glamorous world of New York modeling. But he returned to Massachusetts to continue with his military and legal training, settle down, raise a family, and soon found an unlikely path that would lead him to national political stardom. Here, too, are the secrets from the unprecedented Senate race that captured the country's imagination and how Scott Brown won his remarkable victory. Poignant, heartfelt, humorous, and profound, here is the story of one man's dream and his determination to fight for a better future.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A[n] engaging autobiography…A rags-to-riches narrative that sometimes recalls Horatio Alger…Lyricism and occasional symbolic richness emerge in these pages.” 

    New York Review of Books

  • “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.” 

    Washington Post

  • “Powerful stuff…This isn’t your typical memoir. It is brutally honest, difficult to read, and important.” 

    Tuscon Citizen

  • “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 Couier Journal

  • New York Times Bestseller
  • USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by L | 2/7/2014

    " 2 stars for the first 2/3 of the book, but 4 for the last. I'll settle on 3. Loved him doing his own thing politically, but I agree with another reviewer on the site who indicated that he comes off as a pretentious d-bag. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Melissa | 1/29/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. Brown definitely overcame a tough background and did not let it hold him back or use it as an excuse. We need more people like him to run for public office. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Deuce Bigelow | 1/28/2014

    " He had a very colorful upbringing...and a terrible book editor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Diane M | 1/28/2014

    " While I have not always agreed with Scott Brown's reaching across the aisle, reading about his life provides a clearer understanding as to the "why" of his decisions as a Senator. "

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