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Is Ted The Most Under-Appreciated Kennedy?01:20

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Kennedy’s professional and private life are chronicled in a new book being released Tuesday, “Ted Kennedy: The Dream That Never Died,” by Edward Klein. In an interview with us, the author explained why he wrote in his book that he considers Ted to be the most under-appreciated of all the Kennedys.

EDWARD KLEIN: Jack Kennedy, of course, became president. He was a very skilled public performer, he was taken from us at the height of this youth, in a way. And he ended up as an iconic and heroic figure in the imagination of the American public.

His brother, also assassinated, at the moment of triumph during the 1968 presidential primary. And here was Ted, who was more or less the afterthought of the family, who had gained his Senate seat as, really, a piece of nepotism on the part of his father and brothers.  And was thrust into this position of carrying on the legacy.

And because, in large part, his personal life has been, until about 15 or so years ago, such a terrible mess, people have overlooked the amazing achievements that he's been able to accomplish in the Senate.

And in my view, when all is said and done, historians will look back and say that Ted Kennedy achieved more than either of this brothers.

This program aired on May 19, 2009.

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