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By Professor Edward Brooke

"Read approximately Ed Brooke-who in a simply global, could were President-and see the kindness, knowledge and braveness the rustic overlooked. sign up for his buddies and elements who're encouraged and enlarged by way of figuring out him."-Gloria Steinem, cofounder Ms. journal and nationwide Women's Political Caucus "Senator Brooke's tale indicates the type of powerful, real management our country hungers for this day. He broke via traces of race, creed, and category to unite american citizens within the pursuit of justice and defeated the novel correct at severe moments in our history-sometimes single-handedly."-Ralph G. Neas, President of individuals for the yankee means "Real energy is usually exercised behind the curtain. within the U.S. Congress, the scene is the convention among the home and Senate. There, Senator Ed Brooke was once a real grasp, molding a consensus among left and correct. those that search to make the realm a greater position can research a lot from his tale, informed right here for the 1st time as one of many nation's quiet, yet impressive heritage makers of the 20 th century."-Andrew younger, Former U.S. Ambassador to the United international locations "In an eloquent and forthright type, Senator Ed Brooke leads us via the intense tale of his life-from the grandson of a slave to the first popularly elected African American senator. it's a tale that does honor to either the senator and the rustic he served for thus many years."-Sebastian Junger, writer of the fitting hurricane President Lyndon Johnson by no means understood it. Neither did President Richard Nixon. How may possibly a black guy, a Republican no much less, be elected to the usa Senate from liberal, Democratic Massachusetts--a kingdom with an African American inhabitants of basically 2 percentage? The secret of Senator Edward Brooke's meteoric upward thrust from Boston attorney to Massachusetts legal professional common to the 1st popularly elected African American U.S. senator with many of the maximum favorable scores of any Massachusetts flesh presser confounded a number of the most sensible political minds of the day. This articulate and charismatic guy burst at the nationwide scene in 1966 while he ran for the Senate. His tale encompasses the turbulent post-World warfare II years, from the profits of the civil rights stream, in the course of the riotous Nineteen Sixties, to the darkish days of Watergate, with tales of his relationships with the Kennedys, Martin Luther King Jr., Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, Colin Powell, and destiny senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Brooke additionally speaks candidly of his own struggles, together with his sour divorce from his first spouse and, so much lately, his struggle opposed to melanoma.

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That was where I learned to crawl under a barrage of live machine-gun fire. Next, at Fort Benning, Georgia, I received advanced infantry officer training 24 Bridging the Divide as well as a motor maintenance course in which, to my amazement, I learned how to take apart and reassemble a two-and-a-half-ton truck in record time. While at Fort Benning, several of us were told that we could apply for pilot training in the air corps. Some of us gave the offer serious thought, and the next time I called my mother, whose health had somewhat improved, I asked for her opinion.

I was eventually promoted to captain, but I never got the medal. Our siege of Mount Faeto—and many similar incidents elsewhere—confirmed in my mind that our men had been used as cannon fodder by racist commanders who did not want Negroes under their command and were willing to send us to our deaths to teach us a lesson. In wartime, many men of all races die in battle, often pursu- Captain Carlo 29 ing dubious or desperate strategies, and what motivates their commanders cannot be proven. But at Mount Faeto, the persistent use of frontal attacks in the face of an entrenched enemy that could count on our regularly scheduled forays left no doubt in my mind that, at the very least, our commander did not place a high value on the lives of our men.

For my part, I was excited to see Dad so excited as he strode up to place his bet—and then place a second bet for me. It was a sunny, warm November day, and we stood below the grandstand and could barely see the finish line as people elbowed and jumped in front of us. As the world now knows—reminded by Laura Hillenbrand’s book Seabiscuit and its movie version— Seabiscuit won by four lengths. Dad was deeply disappointed, but he never gave up his penchant for horses with “war” in their names, and he aroused in me a love for horses that has lasted a lifetime.

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