By Scott Brown
The extreme own trip of a guy who, opposed to all odds, rose to develop into one in all America’s such a lot fantastic and promising new political figures Scott Brown's maximum win didn't happen on a chilly January election evening in 2010 while he got here from at the back of to trap the U.S. Senate seat held by means of 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survived a savage beating on the drunken, dirty-fingernail fingers of a stepfather while he was once slightly six years outdated, whereas attempting to shield his mom. during this gripping memoir of resilience and redemption, Brown tells the tale of his tricky, usually nomadic adolescence, shunted from condo to condominium, and city to city, seventeen occasions over his first eighteen years. He one way or the other thrived regardless of a mostly absent father, who married 4 separate instances. So did his mom, in relationships usually stained with alcohol, anger, or even violence. for almost twenty years' becoming up, Brown continued innumerable hardships and demanding situations, even stealing nutrients to consume. He used to be periodically despatched off to dwell with kin, his possessions wrapped in a number of outdated blankets. kept by means of basketball, he was once 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 ways he came upon a manner out of familial chaos during the sleek of a ball within the internet, profitable a beginning slot at the Tufts varsity basketball staff as a freshman participant and turning into the tenth-highest scorer to graduate within the school's heritage. His upward thrust from there has been much more unbelievable: a first-year legislations pupil and member of the Massachusetts nationwide shield, he used to be picked as Cosmopolitan magazine's "America's Sexiest guy" and was once vaulted into the glamorous global of latest York modeling on the peak of the Eighties. however the guy who was ushered into the backrooms of Studio fifty four lower back to Massachusetts to proceed together with his army and felony education, cool down, elevate a family members, and shortly stumbled on an not going course that might lead him to nationwide political stardom. right here, too, are the secrets and techniques from the extraordinary Senate race that captured the country's mind's eye and the way Scott Brown received his striking 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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I didn’t drive after I’d tried a beer, and I didn’t race or try to beat the light. I only stayed inside the confines of Wakefield. No highways, no busy routes with cars passing and pulling into and out of view. The driving became like a running joke, although I was always careful to put back in just the right amount of gas, so she would never wonder when she came down to start the engine in the morning. When she drove me home from Liberty Tree Mall, yelling at me for what a disgrace I had been, she never thought for a second that she just as easily could have gotten a call from a Wakefield cop on a Saturday night, someone in a blue uniform who had taken a second look and had busted me for being behind the wheel without a license, or, God forbid, for crashing into, injuring, or even killing someone else while I was driving underage.
If I knew she was going to be gone from three until eleven, hitching a ride with her friend, I would take the car out from five to eight, with two or three of my friends in the backseat. In the beginning, to teach myself, I drove the car down to the vacant parking lot outside the American Mutual Insurance building, which backed up against Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield. It was the same building and the same company where my mother had worked, typing and filing, but the irony was lost on me as I practiced turning, parking, shifting the car into reverse, stopping on a dime.
At that moment, it wasn’t as if I saw my future flashing before my eyes, but I was definitely scared. I was thinking: What about basketball, what about school, what would my punishment be? The guard was lecturing me about stolen property and then I saw the dark blue uniforms of the cops. They looked at me with inscrutable stares, asked some perfunctory questions, examined the albums, and wrote a citation and court summons on a thick pad with layers of carbon paper. I was, they said, remanded to the custody of my mother until my court appearance, two weeks later.
Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks, and Second Chances by Scott Brown