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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.
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.


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.


ISBN 9780446539258
Format Hardcover
Pages 532
Publisher Date 2009-09-14 00:00:00.0
Publisher Twelve
Copyright Year 2009
Height 9.5 in
Wdth 6.5 in
Thickness 1.75 in
Unit weight 2.1 lb
Language English
Subtitle A Memoir
Audience General/trade
Authors Kennedy, Edward M.
Country of Origin United States

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    Overstock offered best price available. The book arrived in perfect condition and faster than I could blink. Obviously, I'm happy Overstock is now selling books! This Memoir is an outstanding work - wonderful stories, insights and emotions so well told and with grace. Admission: I've been a Kennedy family fan since 1960 (Jack, then Bobby, then Teddy) and not surprisingly believe this would be an appreciated present for someone like me.

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    Bought this book for my 92 year old father-in-law, said it was very interesting.

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    What a lovely tale of a lovely man. How unfortunate we were to lose very fortunate to have him for so many years. The values of family, hard work and integrity abide through his words.

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    Though I haven't finished reading True Compass, I've foind it, to be - somewhat - somber; but it is interesting to read about the life and times of the late Sen,. Ted Kennedy

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