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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (61 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edward Klein Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN: 9780307576408
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In the most inspiring speech of his career, Ted Kennedy once vowed: "For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die."

Unlike his martyred brothers, John and Robert, whose lives were cut off before the promise of a better future could be realized, Ted lived long enough to make many promises come true. During a career that spanned an astonishing half-century, he put his imprint on every major piece of progressive legislation–from health care and education to civil rights.

There were times during that career–such as after the incident in Chappaquiddick–when Ted seemed to have surrendered to his demons. But there were other times–after one of his inspiring speeches on the floor of the Senate, for example–when he was compared to Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, John Calhoun, and other great lawmakers of the past.

Indeed, for most of his life, Ted Kennedy played a kaleidoscope of roles–from destructive thrill seeker to constructive lawmaker; from straying husband to devoted father and uncle. In Ted Kennedy: The Dream That Never Died, celebrated Kennedy biographer Edward Klein at last reconciles these contradictions, painting a stunningly original, up-to-the-moment portrait of Ted Kennedy and his remarkable late-in-life redemption.

Drawing on a vast store of original research and unprecedented access to Ted Kennedy’s political associates, friends, and family, Klein takes the reader behind the scenes to reveal many secrets. Among them:

• Why Caroline Kennedy, at Ted’s urging, aspired to fill the New York Senate vacancy but then suddenly and unexpectedly withdrew her candidacy.
• How Ted ended his longest-lasting romantic relationship to marry Victoria Reggie, and the unexpected effect that union had on his personal and political redemption.
• What transpired between the parents of Mary Jo Kopechne and Ted Kennedy during two private meetings at Ted’s home.
• Which feuds are likely to erupt within the Kennedy family in the wake of Ted’s demise, and what will become of Ted’s fortune and political legacy.

Ted Kennedy: The Dream That Never Died does not shrink from portraying the erratic side of Ted Kennedy and his former wife, Joan. But both in spirit and tone, it is a compassionate celebration of a complex man who, in the winter of his life, summoned the best in himself to come to the aid of his troubled nation.


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Quotes & Awards

  • Arguably Klein's best work, Ted Kennedy is a masterful account, providing fly-on-the wall perspective into one of America’s most powerful and secretive families…a fascinating read about one of the most consequential men of our time. Newsmax
  • Ted Kennedy is quick, light and fascinating. Neither exculpatory nor completely censorious, it’s a portrait of an American legend whose life — whatever one things of his politics and his past — has been one of significance. Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Fast-paced, very readable…Klein drew on a vast store of original research and unprecedented access…worth reading. Huntingtonnews.net

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 6/3/2013

    " A little fluffy but a good read for someone why doesn't know a lot about Kennedy legacy. Ted Kennedy was a very complicated person- this book makes a case for a gradual metamorphosis that made him an empathetic and effective Senate leader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Humkeb | 2/27/2013

    " I acquired more respect for Ted Kennedy "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KATIE | 1/10/2013

    " I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected. Very interesting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 7/10/2012

    " I enjoyed this book very much! I've always admired the Kennedys and all they've done to help other people. This book gave a lot of insight into the triumphs and tragedies of Senator Kennedy's life, and how he tried to atone for mistakes of his past. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 4/27/2012

    " Brief but balanced. I think Ted Kennedy my state's senator accurately reflected my politics and the explanation of why was answered in this book. I found the answer very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 8/18/2011

    " Klein is a good Kennedy writer and this is not your standard love / hate author. I miss Ted already! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert | 7/12/2011

    " Another successful author who employs the ignoramus use of "begs the question." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Humkeb | 5/19/2011

    " I acquired more respect for Ted Kennedy "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KATIE | 1/2/2011

    " I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected. Very interesting! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 12/13/2009

    " A little fluffy but a good read for someone why doesn't know a lot about Kennedy legacy. Ted Kennedy was a very complicated person- this book makes a case for a gradual metamorphosis that made him an empathetic and effective Senate leader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 10/26/2009

    " I enjoyed this book very much! I've always admired the Kennedys and all they've done to help other people. This book gave a lot of insight into the triumphs and tragedies of Senator Kennedy's life, and how he tried to atone for mistakes of his past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 8/30/2009

    " Klein is a good Kennedy writer and this is not your standard love / hate author. I miss Ted already! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 8/13/2009

    " Brief but balanced. I think Ted Kennedy my state's senator accurately reflected my politics and the explanation of why was answered in this book. I found the answer very interesting. "

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About the Author

Edward Klein is a New York Times bestselling nonfiction author. He is also the former foreign editor of Newsweek and former editor-in-chief of the New York Times Magazine. He frequently contributes to Vanity Fair and Parade and currently lives in New York.

About the Narrator

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards: in 2011 for Biography and History, in for History and Historical Fiction, and in 2009 for Nonfiction and Culture. His work has also garnered twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, and he has been nominated for an Audie Award. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. As a narrator, he has received nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.