• The Last Brother

  • The Rise and Fall of Teddy Kennedy
  • By: Joe McGinniss
  • Narrated by: Cotter Smith
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-18-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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, as never before, the chilling reality behind the glittering facade of America's First Dysfunctional Family, as well as the terrible cost of Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy's dark ambitions for his children - even the last and least of them. His book focuses in particular on the extraordinary 60s, 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 even 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.
©1993 Joe McGinniss (P)2008 Simon & Schuster
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3 out of 5 stars
By Richard on 07-23-12

Worth reading as ONE input into the Kennedy legacy

After completing Ted Kennedy's autobiography, a fascinating albeit sacharin perspective on the history of the Kennedy's in world events, I was intrigued enough to want to get another perspective on this remarkable clan. Joe McGinniss' book was, if this is possible, more anti-Kennedy than "True Compass" was the sugar-coated version. As a pair, they were an excellent insight into this important and fascinating clan, from Joe to Teddy and everything in between, and their significant role in history. At the end, you stillo won't know exactly what it was--but there really is no 'truth' when it comes to history, just perspective

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5 out of 5 stars
By Melanie F. Stricker on 04-14-18

Great book

What did you love best about The Last Brother?

History lessons

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bobby Kennedy he had great courage

Have you listened to any of Cotter Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Interesting to understand reality vs public perception

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Great book, loved hearing about historic events

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