Before Sen. Ted Kennedy died, he and a collaborator worked up his memoir; it's coming out this month and the New York Times has a copy. I agree with Josh Marshall, that while political memoirs are usually a pretty lame genre, this one may be worth reading. I was struck by this one passage in the Times' summary, proof that what goes around comes around inside the Beltway:
In explaining why he decided to run for the presidency in 1980, Mr. Kennedy explained how he was motivated in part because of his differences with then President Jimmy Carter. Among other things, he was frustrated by Mr. Carter’s incremental approach to providing universal health care coverage, saying the president’s go-slow approach was “squandering a real opportunity to get something done.”
Actually, it sounds like the person who really needs to read this book is Barack Obama.