The youngest of nine children born to Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, he came of age among siblings from whom much was expected. As a young man, he played a key role in the presidential campaign of his brother John F. Kennedy, recounted here in detail. In 1962 he was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he began a fascinating political education and became a legislator. In this memoir,Ted Kennedy takes the reader inside his family, re-creating life with his parents and brothers and explaining their profound impact on him. For the first time, he describes his heartbreak and years of struggle in the wake of their deaths. Through it all, he describes his work in the Senate on the major issues of our time-civil rights, Vietnam, Watergate, the quest for peace in Northern Ireland-and the cause of his life - improved health care for all Americans, a fight influenced by his own experiences in hospitals.