By Scott Brown
The extreme own trip of a guy who, opposed to all odds, rose to turn into one in every of America’s such a lot extraordinary and promising new political figures Scott Brown's maximum win didn't ensue on a chilly January election evening in 2010 while he got here from in the back of to seize the U.S. Senate seat held through Ted Kennedy for almost fifty years. it all started while he survived a savage beating on the drunken, dirty-fingernail fingers of a stepfather while he used to be slightly six years outdated, whereas attempting to guard his mom. during this gripping memoir of resilience and redemption, Brown tells the tale of his tricky, frequently nomadic adolescence, shunted from residence to residence, and city to city, seventeen occasions over his first eighteen years. He in some way thrived regardless of a principally absent father, who married 4 separate occasions. So did his mom, in relationships usually stained with alcohol, anger, or even violence. for almost 20 years' turning out to be up, Brown continued innumerable hardships and demanding situations, even stealing meals to devour. He was once periodically despatched off to stay with kin, his possessions wrapped in a couple of outdated blankets. stored through basketball, he was once the boy who shoveled snow from the general public courts to shoot hoops on my own 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 stumbled on a fashion out of familial chaos throughout the sleek of a ball within the internet, profitable a beginning slot at the Tufts varsity basketball group as a freshman participant and changing into the tenth-highest scorer to graduate within the school's background. His upward push from there has been much more unbelievable: a first-year legislations scholar and member of the Massachusetts nationwide defend, he used to be picked as Cosmopolitan magazine's "America's Sexiest guy" and was once vaulted into the glamorous international of latest York modeling on the top of the Nineteen Eighties. however the guy who used to be ushered into the backrooms of Studio fifty four lower back to Massachusetts to proceed together with his army and felony education, cool down, increase a family members, and shortly came across an not going course that may lead him to nationwide political stardom. right here, 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 notable victory. Poignant, heartfelt, funny, and profound, this is often the tale of 1 man's dream and his selection to struggle for a greater destiny.
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Extra resources for Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks, and Second Chances
Most times, I did not have to suck in my belly to feel each individual rib. After the meat counter, I would push through the aisles, maybe snag some milk, which I could down by the gallon, and then head past the cereal boxes and white rice to the registers. I always bought some of the cheaper items, but first, I had learned to hang back for a minute and analyze the checkout clerks. I never went to the middle-aged ones; I always chose the line with the teenage kids working after school, kids whom I sometimes knew, who sullenly punched the numbers on the register, who would never look at my now-bulky overalls or gym bag.
He came from New Hampshire, had been born in Portsmouth, and grew up there in a simple, saltbox-style house with no yard to speak of, on a quiet block. When his parents and spinster aunt died, they left him their homes, so he had some modest rental investments in addition to the narrow, single-family home he owned in Wakefield, Massachusetts. If he thought it was a bad sign that his new son-in-law couldn’t come up with a place to live on his own, it seems that he held his tongue. It may have been a love match to start, but after the first few months, my father began staying out later, disappearing to hang out with his buddies, coming home late or making excuses about why he had to spend extra time on the base.
That was what hurt more than the bedroom. There wasn’t one photo. I was, in a sense, airbrushed out of his life. He had a new car, a new family, new kids; I was the afterthought. If he had to introduce me to anyone, he would say, “This is my son, Scott. ” But my father was charming. He was tall, about six foot five, and handsome with a brilliant, light-up-the-room smile. He could tell a story or crack a joke with the best of them. When he came to get me, he would sound smooth just by coming in the room, and even my grandmother was not completely immune to his charms.