Scott Brown memoir details childhood abuse and a life of hardship
Scott Brown's new autobiography "Against All Odds" may add to his "political intrigue."
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“He rubbed his face and caught sight of the clock, and the next thing I knew, he balled his hands into fists and began smacking me around,’’ Brown writes. When it was over, his stepfather threatened to kill Brown if he told his mother. “I knew that he would kill me,” Brown writes.Skip to next paragraph
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Soon after, Brown heard screams and ran to another grisly scene.
“My mom was screaming and yelling, and crying big choking sobs, and he was hitting her, his fists landing blow after blow,’’ Brown writes.
Brown rushed to protect his mother, biting his stepfather through his pants. “He tasted of soiled Dickies fabric, of coarse male hair and sweaty skin, but I bit down hard, right on the inside of his thigh,’’ Brown writes. “He began pounding my head until my brain rattled like a Jell-O mold turned upside down.’’
Battling an absent father, multiple abusive stepfathers, and a youth of few opportunities and less money, Brown writes that he found salvation in basketball.
He also shares details about the infamous semi-nude 1982 Cosmo centerfold. An incredulous Brown, then a law student at Boston College, thought it was a prank when the Cosmo editor called. When he arrived for the shoot, “pale” and flabby, the Cosmo staff sent him back home and told him to return in two weeks, “more cut.” After a crash diet and feverish workouts, he returned “bronzed and toned,” he writes.
Somewhat expectedly, Brown says his rough childhood made him stronger. “Like a fractured bone, I have knit back stronger in the broken places,’’ Brown writes.
Like most political memoirs, this one undoubtedly serves a strategic purpose and news media everywhere are predicting Brown’s next moves as Brown prepares to start his book tour February 22, at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.
“The bombshell revelation…reinserts Brown into the national political dialogue at a key juncture for him and will undoubtedly add to the political intrigue surrounding the senator,” reports the Washington Post.
Of course, this is just the beginning. As Brown’s book tour gets underway, he may have more to share about his future ambitions.
Husna Haq is a Monitor correspondent.