By Scott Brown
The intense own trip of a guy who, opposed to all odds, rose to turn into considered one of America’s such a lot outstanding and promising new political figures Scott Brown's maximum win didn't take place on a chilly January election evening in 2010 whilst he got here from at the back of to seize the U.S. Senate seat held via Ted Kennedy for almost fifty years. it all started while he survived a savage beating on the drunken, dirty-fingernail arms of a stepfather whilst he was once slightly six years previous, whereas attempting to defend his mom. during this gripping memoir of resilience and redemption, Brown tells the tale of his tricky, usually nomadic early life, shunted from residence to condominium, and city to city, seventeen instances over his first eighteen years. He one way or the other thrived regardless of a principally absent father, who married 4 separate instances. So did his mom, in relationships often stained with alcohol, anger, or even violence. for almost 20 years' transforming into up, Brown continued innumerable hardships and demanding situations, even stealing meals to devour. He used to be periodically despatched off to dwell with family, his possessions wrapped in a number of outdated blankets. kept by means of basketball, he used to be the boy who shoveled snow from the general public courts to shoot hoops by myself within the frozen chilly. With clear-eyed conviction and unflinching can-dor, Brown tells the tale of his personal bad-boy days, of the coaches who mentored him, and of the way he came upon a fashion out of familial chaos in the course of the sleek of a ball within the web, successful a beginning slot at the Tufts varsity basketball workforce as a freshman participant and changing into the tenth-highest scorer to graduate within the school's heritage. His upward push from there has been much more inconceivable: a first-year legislation scholar and member of the Massachusetts nationwide shield, he used to be picked as Cosmopolitan magazine's "America's Sexiest guy" and used to be vaulted into the glamorous international of recent York modeling on the top of the Eighties. however the guy who was ushered into the backrooms of Studio fifty four again to Massachusetts to proceed along with his army and felony education, quiet down, bring up a relations, and shortly chanced on an not likely course that will lead him to nationwide political stardom. the following, too, are the secrets and techniques from the remarkable Senate race that captured the country's mind's eye and the way Scott Brown gained his awesome victory. Poignant, heartfelt, funny, and profound, this is often the tale of 1 man's dream and his choice to struggle for a greater destiny.
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I only had to glance around to see the incontrovertible evidence of his new life. As each year passed, photos of Robyn and Bruce and Delores were displayed in frames all over the house. I have a clear memory of wandering around the house, wondering where I fit in, and noticing that my father hadn’t put out a single picture of me, not even a school picture or the baby snapshot of me surrounded by his trophies. That was what hurt more than the bedroom. There wasn’t one photo. I was, in a sense, airbrushed out of his life.
In 1966, five years after the aged Frost had read at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, my grandparents took their youngest daughter in, again. In his room, my grandfather no longer slept alone. At night I bedded down in the same room, in a second twin bed with a nightstand in between. I was old enough to explore outside, to visit the neighbors up and down the block, and to make friends with their kids. I already had a bicycle, a Stingray with the high handlebars. I had learned to ride out on the street with my mom watching.
Grandpa would watch, and say nothing. Although he took the train into Boston every day for work, I don’t think he ever attended a Red Sox game. He was a young man who married at the start of the Depression, and he was thrifty. He didn’t really have hobbies, except for solitaire, canasta, and reading books. He spent his remaining free time tending to his rental houses in Portsmouth, where he had the same families living for as long as twenty or thirty years at a time. Over the span of a decade, he barely raised their rents, preferring to keep everything the same.
Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks, and Second Chances by Scott Brown