Edward M. Kennedy: An Oral History


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January 16, 2019

Melody Barnes

Hosted by Barbara Perry

Miller Center political scientist Barbara Perry explores the life and career of Senator Edward Kennedy with the Miller Center's Melody Barnes, who served as Senator Kennedy's chief counsel on the Judiciary Committee. Perry will be discussing the just-released Edward M. Kennedy: An Oral History, the first book based solely on his definitive oral history. It presents the complete record of his released interviews, providing insights from his family members, colleagues, allies, adversaries, and friends. In it, Perry argues that he was a "bi-partisan partisan" who maintained his progressive values while forging policy compromises with Republican legislators and presidents. A book signing will follow the discussion.