Edward M. Kennedy: An Oral History
Barbara Perry's new book explores the late senator's remarkable life and career—in his own words
About the book
This is a story of triumph and tragedy. Senator Kennedy candidly addresses his legislative successes and failures, his impact on the Supreme Court, and his controversial personal life. (Photo: Virginia Law Weekly and University of Virginia Law Library)
Growing up Kennedy
Raised in a political dynasty with a strong sense of service, Kennedy recounts how his deeply political family inspired his own approach to politics. (Photo: JFK Presidential Library and Museum, Boston)
From hawk to dove: The Vietnam dilemma
Kennedy's position on the Vietnam War was an evolution. After first believing the effort would limit the spread of communism, he eventually reconsidered, citing its devastating impact on the American people.
About the author
Barbara A. Perry is the Gerald L. Baliles Professor and Director of Presidential Studies at the Miller Center, where she co-directs the Presidential Oral History Program. She directed the Edward Kennedy Oral History Project after the passing of professor James Sterling Young, and has conducted more than 110 interviews for the George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush Presidential Oral History Projects.