True Compass by Edward M. Kennedy
A Memoir

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In this landmark autobiography, five years in the making, Senator Edward M. Kennedy tells his extraordinary personal story--of his legendary family, politics, and fifty years at the center of national events.

TRUE COMPASS

The youngest of nine children born to Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, he came of age among siblings from whom much was expected. As a young man, he played a key role in the presidential campaign of his brother John F. Kennedy, recounted here in loving detail. In 1962 he was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he began a fascinating political education and became a legislator.

In this historic memoir, Ted Kennedy takes us inside his family, re-creating life with his parents and brothers and explaining their profound impact on him. For the first time, he describes his heartbreak and years of struggle in the wake of their deaths. Through it all, he describes his work in the Senate on the major issues of our time--civil rights, Vietnam, Watergate, the quest for peace in Northern Ireland--and the cause of his life: improved health care for all Americans, a fight influenced by his own experiences in hospitals.

His life has been marked by tragedy and perseverance, a love of family, and an abiding faith. There have been controversies, too, and Kennedy addresses them with unprecedented candor. At midlife, embattled and uncertain if he would ever fall in love again, he met the woman who changed his life, Victoria Reggie Kennedy. Facing a tough reelection campaign against an aggressive challenger named Mitt Romney, Kennedy found a new voice and began one of the great third acts in American politics, sponsoring major legislation, standing up for liberal principles, and making the pivotal endorsement of Barack Obama for president.

Hundreds of books have been written about the Kennedys. TRUE COMPASS will endure as the definitive account from a member of America's most heralded family, an inspiring legacy to readers and to history, and a deeply moving story of a life like no other.
 

About Edward M. Kennedy

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Edward M. Kennedy has represented Massachusetts in the United States Senate for forty-seven years. In 2004 he began interviews at the Miller Center of the University of Virginia for an oral history project about his life. Since then, he has drawn from his fifty years of contemporaneous notes from his personal diaries and worked closely on this book with Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Powers, coauthor of Flags of Our Fathers and author of Mark Twain: A Life.
 
Published December 25, 2009 by Twelve. 532 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, History. Non-fiction

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The Guardian

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As all the world knows, Joseph Kennedy had four sons.

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The Guardian

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Kennedy Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop As all the family photographs show, Teddy was the baby of the family, partly raised by his more celebrated older br...

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Publishers Weekly

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(Recollections of courting his second wife, Vicki, bring a welcome spark of personal charm.) Some readers may feel there is not quite enough introspection-while acknowledging his first wife's alcoholism, for example, Kennedy glosses over his own drinking problems-but despite the firm line he draw...

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The Washington Post

Like "The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant," Ted Kennedy's "True Compass" was written in the last months of its author's life as he struggled against an unknown deadline imposed by terminal cancer.

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The Telegraph

The Kennedys were always dab hands at getting .

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You might have expected Ted Kennedy's memoir to be about his life and times, or about his many campaigns, or about his legislative victories and his unconsummated causes.

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Zimbio

Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, he came of age among siblings from whom much was expected.

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Huntington News

"True Compass" tells of Ted Kennedy's love of sailing, his rebirth with his love of Vicki Reggie Kennedy, incidents from his campaigns for Jack and Bobby and his mistakes and failings.

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I let my mind drift, when it would, from my sorrows to a semblance of the momentous joy I have always felt at the way a sailboat moves through the water.” Much later in True Compass, while poignantly marking the deaths of Jackie Kennedy, his mother, Rose, his nephew, Michael (in a skiing acciden...

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No matter what you thought of his politics, you have to admit that Edward "Ted" Moore Kennedy had an interesting life.

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