Book Review: Ted Kennedy The Dream That Never Died by Edward Klein

Growing up, I frequently saw Ted Kennedy on the news, and I knew that a lot of people didn't him, even democrats. I heard people mumble something about Chappaquiddick, but they'd never really expand on it. It wasn't an event that my history or current event classes ever really mentioned either.

For years, I meant to learn more about Ted Kennedy, so when the biography like Ted Kennedy, The Dream That Never Died was published by Crown Publishers in 2009, I bought the book and read it. The author, Edward Klein, made Kennedy's story much more interesting than I thought it would be.

What surprised me most and disliked about Edward Klein's Ted Kennedy:  The Dream That Never Died was the short length . . . only 226 actual pages to tell the story of Kennedy's life. The remaining pages were reference pages and acknowledgements. It seems like a figure from such a famous family deserves a much more in depth look at his life. Another thing I disliked about the book is that Klein seemed to focus on Kennedy's dark side more and skimped on a lot the good things that he did. With that being said, Klein did answer my questions regarding Chappaquiddick.

All in all, it was a well organized, well written book that gave a great overview of Ted Kennedy's life. It was also written in a way that the most novice reader would enjoy it. I give three out of five stars.

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