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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 victory.
Poignant, heartfelt, humorous, and profound, this is the story of one man's dream and his determination to fight for a better future.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Way too proud of himself! Very hard to read and so very repetitive. Hope I don't make this mistake again.Published 7 days ago by Daniel E. Adams
I read the book quite awhile ago. from what I recall I enjoyed it a lot. It was fast moving and did get one the point across that you can do anything you want if you put your mind... Read morePublished 8 months ago by George
I already liked Scott Brown, but now I like him more! An amazing story of a boy who grew up in unbelievably difficult circumstances but managed to become an outstanding man... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book showing how Scott Brown uses all of his obvious skills to "break-away" from the crowd in basketball and life...Published 14 months ago by CZ
Inspirational and eye opening. Reading this book helped me look into the mirror of my life. Must read it again.Published 16 months ago by Tony Forzaglia
I was very impressed with Scott Brown and have tried to keep up with
his career.....perhaps one fay he will run for president.