The first person biography, released within a week of his death, reveals many of the most recent and personal thoughts Mr. Kennedy had either offered in public or maintained in private over the 2008 election, the many events within his family's life and provides some of the most tender insights about his tragedies, setbacks and the successes throughout his political career and life.
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Channing, October 7, 2009 (view all comments by Channing)
Ted Kennedy's memoir is very readable and filled with anecdotes that are especially meaningful for those us who were living during many of the events he reports. I have always admired Ted Kennedy. It is reassuring to read of his family which, like the Roosevelts, had financial means and extraordinary privilege and yet were dedicated to public service and, especially, seeking justice and opportunity for all Americans so that everyone could have an opportunity to live the American dream. Kennedy's humanity comes through in the book. Slipped neatly in one sentence is a statement about how JFK would have handled the Vietnam conflict if he had lived.
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Jefferson Crosby, September 3, 2009 (view all comments by Jefferson Crosby)
Because of disability I can only read in e-book form so have not read this book because it is not yet available in e-book form. However, I can state with complete confidence that this Memoir is excellent and a source for learning more about a leader who acknowledges his shortcomings and who represents one who can lead by his eventual life example -- how he grew to a position of great selfreflection as well as leadership. It ended up positioning him to lead among his team as well as among the responsible opposition. Respected by most Sen. Kennedy's life embodied in his Memoir holds for all of us teaching for how to grow in our lives.
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Too long a late-night-comedy punch line, the late Senator Kennedy led an undeniably fascinating life. Filled with riveting stories and enlivened by Kennedy's refreshing candor, True Compass is a fitting tribute to a life that was almost too big for one book.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Of course, the recent death of Senator Kennedy adds an extra layer of poignancy, but this would be a welcome addition to the political memoir bookshelf under any circumstances. Drawing upon a series of oral history interviews, and with the help of Ron Powers (Flags of Our Fathers), Kennedy devotes more than half of the book to the first half of his life-growing up as the youngest of his generation, gaining a political education while touring the western U.S. for Jack's presidential campaign in 1960, clashing with Lyndon Johnson over Vietnam, and the heartache of Jack and Bobby's assassinations. After a brief section on Chappaquiddick, Kennedy tends to the anecdotal when discussing his political career from clashing with Nixon over Supreme Court nominations to campaigning for Barack Obama. (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 draws in the sand about discussing his personal life, Kennedy's tone of contrition is sincere. When he was a child, Kennedy's father told him, 'You can have a serious life or a nonserious life.' He chose the former, and at the end, seems genuinely grateful not just for what that life gave him, but what it enabled him to do for others." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Boston Globe,
"Often touching . . . Kennedy tells his own story here, expansively yet selectively.... This is a book that all but the most toxic Kennedy critic could love"
by Los Angeles Times,
"Kennedy was a devoted diarist whose natural gifts as a storyteller and as a sharp, painterly observer shine through every page.... True Compass reminds us — we're all the poorer for his absence."
"[T]his is an astonishingly intimate self-portrait of a man whose belief that 'if you persevere...you have a real opportunity to achieve something' was borne out by his extraordinary life."
A revealing memoir by Bostonand#8217;s beloved five-term mayor, explaining the power behind Bostonand#8217;s success and lessons for the Washington power brokers
Edward M. Kennedy is widely regarded as one of the great Senators in the nation's history. He is also the patriarch of America's most heralded family. In this landmark autobiography, five years in the making, Senator Kennedy speaks with unprecedented candor about his extraordinary life.
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. In 1962, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he learned how to become an effective legislator.
His life has been marked by tragedy and perseverance, a love for family and an abiding faith. He writes movingly of his brothers and their influence on him; his years of struggle in the wake of their deaths; his marriage to the woman who changed his life, Victoria Reggie Kennedy; his role in the major events of our time (from the civil rights movement to the election of Barack Obama); and how his diagnosis of a malignant brain tumor gave even greater urgency to his long crusade for improved health care for all Americans.
Written with warmth, wit, and grace, True Compass is Edward M. Kennedy's inspiring legacy to readers and to history.
Bostonandrsquo;s late, revered mayor explains the power behind the cityandrsquo;s dramatic success andmdash; and its lessons for Washington power brokers.
When Thomas Menino stepped down from office as one of the longest-serving major-city mayors in the nationandrsquo;s history, he was among the most popular politicians in modern memory. Inand#160;Mayor for a New America,and#160;Menino gives a play-by-play look at how he managed to wield political influence while staying fiercely loyal to the interests of the people he was elected to serve.
The unassuming guy from Bostonandrsquo;s Hyde Park neighborhood was an unlikely politician. Heandrsquo;d been a backstage campaign workhorse whose career nearly ended the second he stepped into the spotlight, tongue-tied. Although not a fancy talker, Mayor Menino took to the details of running the city he loved. By taking care of the small stuff andmdash; fixing potholes, cleaning up parks, plowing the streets quickly after snowstorms andmdash; he won the publicandrsquo;s trust to deliver on the big issues. He had a progressive agenda and was forward thinking in his support of an innovation economy and a champion of gay rights. He also held fast to the values of his childhood andmdash; good schools, a growing middle class, and close-knit, welcoming communities.
In this candid look back at a career that spanned the busing crisis of the 1970s, the remarkable resurgence of the neighborhoods, and the cityandrsquo;s extraordinary response to the Boston Marathon bombing, Menino tells behind-the-scenes stories and gives a master class in urban politics. And his proven, people-focused track record provides inspiration for a dysfunctional Washington to actually get things done andmdash; just like he did in Boston.
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