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Author: Joe McGinniss Narrator: Cotter Smith Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9780743581769
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In The Last Brother, Joe McGinniss brings to startling and disturbing life the childhood, the brief triumph, and the long downward slide of the last Kennedy brother—and exposes the chilling reality behind the glittering façade of America’s First Dysfunctional Family. McGinniss also reveals the terrible cost of Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy’s dark ambitions for his children, even the last and least of them. This book pays particular attention to the extraordinary sixties, a decade that began in glory for the family with Jack’s ascension to the presidency, and ended—after the murders of Jack and Bobby, the tragedy at Chappaquidick, and their father’s death—with Teddy, the last brother, standing alone in the rubble of Camelot.

While The Last Brother is both shocking and newsworthy, Teddy Kennedy emerges as a curiously tragic figure, the victim of his own family, forever the “fat, awkward little boy” who was ignored by his siblings, his father, and his mother, then propelled, unwilling and unprepared, into the public limelight. Searing yet strangely moving and sympathetic, The Last Brother presents a detailed, tragic portrait of a man at war with himself, doomed to live in the giant shadow of his brothers, trapped in the glorious but hollow Kennedy myth, longing—but unable—to escape.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s definitely the stuff miniseries are made of.” 


  • “Joe McGinniss zeroes in on the personal and political career of Ted Kennedy. Nothing is sacred as McGinniss outlines the scandals and secrets of the entire Kennedy family. Smith recalls this political ‘history’ clearly and smoothly, subtly imitating a Boston accent when reciting Kennedy speeches.”


  • New York Times Bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shane | 5/14/2013

    " One of the best books I have ever read. Its just amazing what you could get away with back before 24 hour news channels. Funny how the old man paid such a high price to have his family in the lime light and his boys running for the highest office in the land. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 11/7/2011

    " Older book, but one of the best books I ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 12/6/2009

    " ...almost done...such a sense of naivety regarding my former heros...the Kennedys...ugh!

    T. Kennedy responds a week after the Chappaquiddick accident on national T.V. with little more than an mention of "the loss of a good friend" (video can be found on YouTube) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathisbooks1219 | 10/1/2009

    " very interesting with great political history. I highly recomend to anyone thats a Kennedy or history buff.
    Really made me think long after it was done "

About the Author

Joe McGinniss is a writer of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction. He first came to prominence with the bestseller The Selling of the President, which described the marketing of the then-presidential candidate Richard Nixon, and he has authored numerous books since then.

About the Narrator

Cotter Smith is an American actor of stage, film, and television. As an audiobook narrator, he has won two Earphones Awards and was a finalist in 1997 for the prestigious Audie Award.