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Catching the Wind


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The epic, definitive biography of Ted Kennedy--an immersive journey through the life of a complicated man and a sweeping history of the fall of liberalism and the collapse of political morality.

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Neal Gabler is the author of five books- An Empire of Their Own, Winchell, Life- The Movie, Walt Disney, and Barbra Streisand. He has received two Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, Time's nonfiction book of the year, USA Today's biography of the year, and a National Book Critics Circle nomination. He is currently a professor for the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton.


"One of the truly great biographies of our time, Catching the Wind is a masterwork of historical reconstruction. It turns Ted Kennedy's combination of decency, carelessness, political craftiness, and transcendent idealism into a powerful account of the travails of modern American liberalism. Here is biography written at the highest level."--Sean Wilentz, New York Times bestselling author of Bob Dylan in America and The Rise of American Democracy

"A mammoth undertaking . . . Neal Gabler has brilliantly documented the rise of the most consequential legislator of our day, one who reached Shakespearean heights and tabloid depths. But the Ted Kennedy story is about much more. It is the tale of modern American liberalism and the shifting winds of political morality. . . . Deeply impressive."--Walter Isaacson, New York Times bestselling author of Steve Jobs and Leonardo da Vinci

"With his trademark elegance and insight, Gabler has crafted a moving portrait of the last Kennedy brother, which is also a portrait of the last great creative era of governance in the United States. Gabler has made a specialty of capturing the lives of architects of the culture, and now Ted Kennedy joins Walter Winchell and Walt Disney in a gallery of enduring biography."--Jon Meacham, author of The Soul of America "An awesome biographical achievement. The legislative legacy of Senator Edward M. Kennedy burns brightly and heroically in these pages. Gabler, a brilliant historian and prodigious researcher, grapples with all sides of Kennedy's complex personality. The result is a landmark study of Washington power politics in the twentieth century in the Robert Caro tradition. . . . Highly recommended!"--Douglas Brinkley, New York Times bestselling author of American Moonshot "Gabler's engrossing biography of Ted Kennedy--a decade in the making--is remarkably revelatory, one of those rare books that discard the mythical and reveal the human side of an enormously complicated politician. Judicious and thoughtful, Catching the Wind will be essential reading for understanding the fate of political liberalism in American history."--Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Prometheus and The Good Spy

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