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The late senator Ted Kennedy loved dogs and devilry, faced unfathomable tragedy—including the deaths of his older brothers—and always advocated for those who were less fortunate. These are among the details that biographer John A. Farrell examines in his study of Kennedy’s strengths, weaknesses, and legacy. The book is long—just over 750 pages—but hooks readers with its exhaustive research and analysis. —Angela Haupt

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