Counselor by Ted Sorensen
A Life at the Edge of History

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In this gripping memoir, John F. Kennedy's closest advisor recounts in full for the first time his experience counseling Kennedy through the most dramatic moments in American history.

Sorensen returns to January 1953, when he and the freshman senator from Massachusetts began their extraordinary professional and personal relationship. Rising from legislative assistant to speechwriter and advisor, the young lawyer from Nebraska worked closely with JFK on his most important speeches, as well as his book Profiles in Courage. Sorensen encouraged the junior senator's political ambitions—from a failed bid for the vice presidential nomination in 1956 to the successful presidential campaign in 1960, after which he was named Special Counsel to the President.

Sorensen describes in thrilling detail his experience advising JFK during some of the most crucial days of his presidency, from the decision to go to the moon to the Cuban Missile Crisis, when JFK requested that the thirty-four-year-old Sorensen draft the key letter to Khrushchev at the most critical point of the world's first nuclear confrontation. After Kennedy was assassinated, Sorensen stayed with President Johnson for a few months before leaving to write a biography of JFK. In 1968 he returned to Washington to help run Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign. Through it all, Sorensen never lost sight of the ideals that brought him to Washington and to the White House, working tirelessly to promote and defend free, peaceful societies.

Illuminating, revelatory, and utterly compelling, Counselor is the brilliant, long-awaited memoir from the remarkable man who shaped the presidency and the legacy of one of the greatest leaders America has ever known.


About Ted Sorensen

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Ted Sorensen's most recent book is Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History. He lives in New York City with his wife, Gillian.
Published July 1, 2008 by HarperCollins e-books. 580 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Sorensen (Why I Am a Democrat, 1996, etc.) also makes room for stories about his career as an international lawyer, his failed senate bid in 1970, the fiasco surrounding his withdrawn 1977 nomination for Director of Central Intelligence and his continuing role as adviser to the Kennedy family.

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Ted Sorensen, John Kennedy’s speechwriter and close aide, battled blindness to write a memoir.

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SignatureReviewed by Michael BeschlossIn this modest, elegant, appealing and introspective autobiography, Ted Sorensen writes about his service to John Kennedy as senator and president with a candor that, he confesses, would have been inconceivable while writing his glowing 1965 reminiscence, Ken...

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On June 5, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy's hotel suite was a "madhouse" of celebration as he and supporters reveled in his California primary victory. But when shots rang out in the hotel kitchen pantry, Ted Sorensen's first thought was, how could this have happened again?

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Open Letters Monthly

Sorensen has continued to breathe and think and learn, to doubt himself and change himself over the decades – it’s a talent he cedes to others as well as himself (he’s particularly generous in describing how Bobby Kennedy changed over time – an accurate portrait all the more telling because it’s ...

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In the early 1950s, Ted Sorensen began work in Washington in the bowels of the bureaucracy, and wound up with two job offers on Capitol Hill: one from Senator Henry Jackson and the other from Senator John Kennedy.

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Politicians are always using that phrase about each other -- "Well you’re playing politics with that issue," or "You’re politicizing it" -- as if there was some other standard of authenticity readily available in the political arena.

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