Bridging the Divide: My Life by Professor Edward Brooke

By Professor Edward Brooke

"Read approximately Ed Brooke-who in a simply global, may were President-and see the kindness, knowledge and braveness the rustic neglected. sign up for his neighbors and parts who're encouraged and enlarged via figuring out him."-Gloria Steinem, cofounder Ms. journal and nationwide Women's Political Caucus "Senator Brooke's tale exhibits the type of powerful, real management our kingdom hungers for at the present time. He broke via traces of race, creed, and type to unite americans within the pursuit of justice and defeated the unconventional correct at severe moments in our history-sometimes single-handedly."-Ralph G. Neas, President of individuals for the yankee approach "Real strength 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 used to be a real grasp, molding a consensus among left and correct. those that search to make the area a greater position can examine a lot from his tale, instructed right here for the 1st time as one of many nation's quiet, yet significant historical past makers of the 20 th century."-Andrew younger, Former U.S. Ambassador to the United countries "In an eloquent and forthright variety, 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 therefore many years."-Sebastian Junger, writer of the ideal hurricane President Lyndon Johnson by no means understood it. Neither did President Richard Nixon. How might a black guy, a Republican no much less, be elected to the usa Senate from liberal, Democratic Massachusetts--a country with an African American inhabitants of basically 2 percentage? The secret of Senator Edward Brooke's meteoric upward thrust from Boston legal professional to Massachusetts legal professional normal to the 1st popularly elected African American U.S. senator with many of the maximum favorable rankings of any Massachusetts baby-kisser confounded a number of the top 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 conflict II years, from the earnings of the civil rights flow, throughout the riotous 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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I often went home with Clarence, where I met his close-knit family and began to explore Boston. , there was no discrimination in its restaurants, theaters, or public places. I could go where I pleased. After the indignities of a segregated military base, I felt a wonderful sense of freedom when I could escape to the city for a weekend. I often walked through the Boston Common and the Boston Gardens, along the Charles River, and up to the State House. I attended concerts at Symphony Hall and went to the High Hat Club on Massachusetts Avenue for jazz.

The young men were either fighting with the Germans, serving as partisans against the Germans, in POW camps, or dead. The partisans I supposedly commanded had seen brutality against their parents, the rape of their wives and sisters and sweethearts, the Captain Carlo 31 looting of their homes, and the destruction of their villages. They had a reckless and sadistic bitterness that comes to men who have seen such horrors and been helpless to stop them. They did not want to take prisoners. They wanted revenge.

Colonel Queen protested that German POWs confined there were treated better than his men. Finally, on March 28, 1944, our regiment boarded a troop ship carrying almost five thousand men, bound for North Africa. A long, uncomfortable voyage was made worse by the zigzag route we took to avoid German submarines. We did not even throw our garbage overboard for fear of attracting a U-boat. I was seasick for most of the crossing, as were many others. We landed in the fabled Moroccan city of Casablanca on April 6.

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