True Compass

True Compass

A Memoir

Book - 2009
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Grand Central Pub
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.

Baker & Taylor
The Massachusetts senator shares his personal perspectives on the tragedies that have shaped his family, his long political career, the major events of the past fifty years, and his recent health battles.

& Taylor

A memoir by the senator and youngest sibling of John F. Kennedy shares his personal perspectives on the tragedies that have shaped his family, his long political career, the major events of today's world, and his recent health battles.

Publisher: New York, NY : Twelve, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780446539258
Branch Call Number: Biography K384ke
Characteristics: x, 532 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm


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Dec 24, 2012

This was a political memoir more than a personal memoir...I was expecting more personal but it was a good insight to the politics of the Kennedy family and their very strong relationships. Politically boring in some places but okay.

Jun 23, 2012

I'm a fan of the Kennedy's and Senator Edward Kennedy. I did enjoy this book however I was expecting more of his personal life and NOT as much political "stuff". I still feel he held back on certain areas of his life. The book was boring in parts but I persevered after putting it down and reading and finishing other books first. In the end I'm glad I did finish it.

Aug 12, 2011

Memoirs are often too filtered by the author. And in some respects Mr Kennedy filtered what he wanted us to know. Fair enough. He tells his story in a direct and effective way. After all he was one of the most respected senators and he was an effective senator, Championing a national health care system in the U.S.

A very good read

Dec 28, 2010

Great Read. I most enjoyed the stories of brotherly support and love. Some parts had a bit too much political insight.

Oct 02, 2010

Too political for me ...was looking more from his personal life


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