My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks, and Second Chance
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The extraordinary personal journey of a man who, against
all odds, rose to become one of America’s most surprising
and promising new political figures
Scott Brown's greatest win did not occur on a cold January
election night in 2010 when he came from behind to capture
the U.S. Senate seat held by Ted Kennedy for nearly fifty
years. It began when he survived a savage beating at the
drunken, dirty-fingernail hands of a stepfather when he was
barely six years old, while trying to protect his mother.
In this gripping memoir of resilience and redemption, Brown
tells the story of his difficult, often nomadic childhood,
shunted from house to apartment, and town to town, seventeen
times over his first eighteen years. He somehow thrived
despite a largely absent father, who married four separate
times. So did his mother, in relationships frequently
stained with alcohol, anger, and even violence. For nearly
two decades' growing up, Brown endured innumerable hardships
and challenges, even stealing food to eat. He was
periodically sent off to live with relatives, his
possessions wrapped in a few old blankets. Saved by
basketball, he was the boy who shoveled snow from the public
courts to shoot hoops alone in the frozen cold.
With clear-eyed conviction and unflinching can-dor, Brown
tells the story of his own bad-boy days, of the coaches who
mentored him, and of how he found a way out of familial
chaos through the swish of a ball in the net, winning a
starting slot on the Tufts varsity basketball team as a
freshman player and becoming the tenth-highest scorer to
graduate in the school's history. His rise from there was
even more improbable: a first-year law student and member of
the Massachusetts National Guard, he was picked as
Cosmopolitan magazine's "America's Sexiest Man" and was
vaulted into the glamorous world of New York modeling at the
height of the 1980s. But the man who was once ushered into
the backrooms of Studio 54 returned to Massachusetts to
continue with his military and legal training, settle down,
raise a family, and soon found an unlikely path that would
lead him to national political stardom. Here, too, are the
secrets from the unprecedented Senate race that captured the
country's imagination and how Scott Brown won his remarkable
Poignant, heartfelt, humorous, and profound, this is the
story of one man's dream and his determination to fight for
a better future.
1 comment posted.
Re: Against All Odds
We're always rooting for the underdog to survive - will be interesting to read a real-life success story!
(Karen Cherubino 2:48pm February 18, 2011)
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