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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.
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. or 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.
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