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Catching the Wind: Edward Kennedy and the Liberal Hour, 1932-1975 (edició 2021)

de Neal Gabler (Autor)

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Títol:Catching the Wind: Edward Kennedy and the Liberal Hour, 1932-1975
Autors:Neal Gabler (Autor)
Informació:Crown (2021), Edition: Reprint, 928 pages
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Catching the Wind: Edward Kennedy and the Liberal Hour, 1932-1975 de Neal Gabler

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Neal Gabler is an exemplary author who well-defined the context of Edward Kennedy. I read books on US history from the thirties to the seventies, but I am amazed at what I didn't know.

Not only did I learn about Edward Kennedy, I learned about the world I grew up in, a kid from the seventies.

Also, the political decisions made in the decades before--especially healthcare--have formed the buttress we are fighting now.

I grew up with a negative opinion of Senator Kennedy based on my parents' biases. I changed my mind in my fifties when I began to hear good things about him. I am glad I read this outstanding book. I hope I can get ahold of the second volume of this set. ( )
  nab6215 | Jan 18, 2022 |
I don't know when I was more moved by a biography. I was inspired and I suffered and cried along with Ted Kennedy. I was informed and I understood how we got to 'here'.
The "Shakespearean tragedy" of the Kennedy family is experienced through this youngest son. The most affable Kennedy, the pleaser, the people person, the least son, inherited a heavy mantle.

When President Kennedy was assassinated, Bobby took up his cause and legacy, grew into the liberal leader role with a heightened moral awareness. And when Bobby was assassinated, it was up to Ted to finish their work, and he became the liberal lion of the Senate, the moral consciousness of America politics.

Neal Gabler's biography Catching the Wind reads like a epic poem, the flawed hero doing battle for the least and the lost. The story is a tragedy, the hero's fatal flaws bringing his downfall, but in this story, the hero gets up over and over to take up the sword once more.

This volume delves deeply into the Kennedy family character and history as the formation for the development of the children.

Finding his way to the Senate, Ted found his place in life, but the pressure to run for the presidency was both a siren call and a warning. Ted was sure he would be the target of one more assassin's bullet.

Ted was a workaholic, and a drinker, and he had girlfriends and a wife who felt lost and, like her parents, resorted to alcohol. Then there was the encounter with the bridge on an island that gave his enemies the weapon they needed.

Liberalism has been under attack for most of my adult life. I embraced it since mock voting in junior high; a classmate explained that Goldwater was a hawk and LBJ wanted to end poverty. My faith and my politics embraced the values of fighting for the meek and the weak and the downtrodden and the stranger and the impoverished.

Following Ted Kennedy's career, Garbler shows how racism and fear led to the rise of 'law and order' after the social unrest of the 1960s, the anti-war and black rebellions in the cities.

I lived through much of this history, my first awareness of politics coming with John Kennedy's presidential run, Ted's nightmare Chappaquiddick occuring when I was in college, the Watergate break-in carried out on my wedding night.

As a teenager I was resentful of these conflicts and the pressure to politicize my life when all I wanted was to 'grow up'. I was also sympathetic, for I had seen the inner city and the racism espoused by working class neighbors. I was too naive to understand the racist implications of 'law and order'. And as I entered young adulthood, I watched in dismay as liberalism was abandoned by Americans.

Joe McCarthy's fear-mongering populism, Nixon's deep hatred of all persons Kennedy leading to his dirty tricks, and the fact that America ultimately rejected them, brings some hope that we can and will do so again.

I can not wait for Garbler's second volume. I usually read several books at a time, but I was so immersed in Catching the Wind I could not read anything else.

I received a free ebook from the publisher through NetGalley. My review is fair and unbiased. ( )
  nancyadair | Sep 28, 2020 |
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