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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (551 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter S. Canellos, Peter S. Canellos Narrator: Skipp Sudduth Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Peter S. Canellos and his team of Boston Globe reporters magnificently capture the life, historic achievements and personal redemption of Ted Kennedy

No figure in American public life has had such great expectations thrust upon him, or has responded so poorly. At the age of 36, Ted Kennedy found himself the last brother, the champion of a generation's dreams and ambitions. He would be expected to give the nation the confidence to confront its problems and to build a fairer society, at home and abroad.

He quickly failed in spectacular fashion. On the basis of his family name he was elected to the U.S. Senate while barely old enough to serve. Then, late one night in the summer of 1969, he left the scene of a fatal automobile accident in Chappaquiddick Island. The death there of a young woman would haunt and ultimately doom his presidential ambitions. Republicans turned his all-too-human failings -- drinking, divorce, and philandering -- into a condemnation of his liberal politics.

But as the presidency eluded his grasp, Kennedy was finally liberated from the expectations of others and transformed himself into a symbol of wisdom and perseverance. He built a deeply loving marriage with his second wife, Vicki Reggie. He embraced his role as the family patriarch. And as his health failed, he anointed presidential candidate Barack Obama, whom many commentators compared to his brother Jack. The Kennedy brand of liberalism was rediscovered by a new generation of Americans.

Drawing heavily from candid interviews with the Kennedy family and inner circle, Last Lion captures magnificently the life and historic achievements of Ted Kennedy. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s the personal dramas that prove the most enthralling…Skipp Sudduth imbues his narration with feeling, recounting the numerous tragedies…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.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The book offers a solid one-volume biography that shows how his place as the youngest in a high-powered family shaped his political and social life. Skipp Sudduth’s narration style exactly matches the book’s tone. He’s easy to listen to as he varies his tone, inflection, and pace with the gravity of the material. His diction is clear and easy on the ears. A first-rate job all around.”


  • “Insightful and informative…Skipp Sudduth engagingly relays both the personal and professional milestones of the senator’s life; strongly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lorenz | 2/16/2014

    " I enjoyed reading this book. It was really amazing how he was able to overcome all those things that he went through in his life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jayson | 2/13/2014

    " Doesn't really bring anything new to the table. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Janet | 2/8/2014

    " Well written summation of Kennedy's long political and personal life, stresses the warm personal connection to family and especially the influence of his second marriage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dena Snyder | 2/7/2014

    " This is a long read but if you love the Kennedy's like I do you won't be able to put it down (and will constantly tell random Kennedy family stories in daily conversation). "

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