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Catching the Wind

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Catching the Wind by Neal Gabler
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Oct 27, 2020 | ISBN 9780307405449

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“Kennedy’s expansive life has yielded no shortage of biographies, but [Neal] Gabler’s is on its way toward becoming the most complete and ambitious. As a character study it is rich and insightful, frank in its judgments but deeply sympathetic to the man Gabler regards as ‘the most complex of the Kennedys.’. . . Catching the Wind lends a cinematic sweep to Kennedy’s legislative crusades.”The New York Times

“Particularly today, when partisan divisions in America run so deep, it’s instructive to recall Kennedy’s skill at working across party lines and gaining sufficient Republican support to secure an astonishing array of legislative achievements. . . . Illuminating,[AD1]  and sympathetic . . . Gabler’s study, when completed, will be the most detailed portrait we have of the man, and by a considerable margin.”The Washington Post

“The rich narrative is studded with tasty factoids and lively quotes, anecdotes and vignettes.”The Wall Street Journal

“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

“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

“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

“A triumphant achievement and essential reading for everyone fascinated by the Kennedys, politics, and governance.”Booklist (starred review)

“A vigorous, highly readable . . . book full of triumph and tragedy and an exemplary study in electoral politics.”Kirkus (starred review)

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