Boston University School of Law

February 15, 2007


Senator Brooke ('48) Publishes Autobiography, Bridging the Divide: My Life

The Honorable Edward W. Brooke (’48), a World War II veteran who served in the Senate during Vietnam, former Massachusetts state attorney general and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, speaks out against the war in Iraq in his new autobiography Bridging the Divide: My Life.

In the book, Brooke traces his rise from grandson of a slave to the first black state attorney general in the country and the first popularly elected African American U.S. senator. He shares his personal struggles and offers his vision for the bipartisan politics that he embodied during his career.

A Note From the Author:

"Throughout my personal and political life, I have attempted to erase the issues of color, creed and class that divide us as individuals. I have always tried to bring people together, believing that our differences are the very qualities that make us strong. I wrote Bridging the Divide to share my experiences as a young African American candidate struggling to win over the electorate in a nearly all-white state. This was in the 1960’s, one of the most racially tormented periods of American history. It is my hope that a new generation will see in the story of my struggles, trials and triumphs, the possibility of breaking down barriers that impede our progress. I also hope my story encourages those who have much to offer in the increasingly maligned field of politics, especially my fellow African Americans, and other men and women who have been marginalized and confined by hurtful stereotypes. "

Read a Q&A with Brooke in The Boston Globe.

Read The Boston Globe review of Bridging the Divide, which draws parallels between Brooke and new Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, the nation’s second black governor since Reconstruction.

Reported by Jane Coulter