True Compass

True Compass

A Memoir

Large Print - 2009
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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 recent diagnosis of a malignant brain tumor has given 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.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Twelve, 2009.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780446557993
Characteristics: xi, 732 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,24 cm.

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JudithNappa
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.

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HopeButterfly
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.

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pkirk
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

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l_eppers
Dec 28, 2010

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

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dmorelli
Oct 02, 2010

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

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