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
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
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.
Ausstattung/Bilder: 2009. X, 532 p., . photo pl. (mostly col.).
Abmessung: 234mm x 163mm x 48mm
"[A] deeply affecting memoir... he writes with searching candor about the losses, joys and lapses of his life; the love and closeness of his family; the solace he found in sailing and the sea; his complex relationships with political allies and rivals. Mr. Kennedy's conversational gifts as a storyteller and his sense of humor -- so often remarked on by colleagues and friends -- shine through here, as does his old-school sense of public service and his hard-won knowledge, in his son Teddy Jr.'s words, that 'even our most profound losses are survivable.'" The New York Times Michiko Kakutani
"A deeply affecting memoir" (New York Times)
"Beautifully written ... A vivid, engrossing ride through many of the most important events of the second half of the twentieth century" (Irish Examiner)
Edward M. Kennedy represented Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate for 47 years. In 2004, he began interviews at the Miller Center of the University of Virginia for an oral history project about his life. He died in 2009.