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True Compass: A Memoir

Kennedy, Edward M.

ISBN 10: 0446539252 / ISBN 13: 9780446539258
Published by Twelve, 2009
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First edition, September 2009, stated; full number line. Signed by the late Senator's second wife, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, on the title page: "Vicki Kennedy." Book is unmarked; slight spine slant; corners sharp, tail of spine bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $35.00); Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 006285

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Title: True Compass: A Memoir

Publisher: Twelve

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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A landmark autobiography and the definite account from a member of America's most heralded family.As a young man, Edward M. Kennedy played a key role in the presidential campaign of his brother, John F. Kennedy. In 1962, he was elected to the US Senate, where he learned how to become an effective legislator. His life was marked by tragedy and perseverance: he writes movingly of his brothers and his years of struggle in the wake of their deaths; his marriage to Victoria, the woman who changed his life; and his role in the major events of our time from civil rights, Vietnam and Watergate to the quest for peace in Northern Ireland.

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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.

TRUE COMPASS

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.

A Look at Edward M. Kennedy Through the Years
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Ted Kennedy with Bobby Kennedy at the opening of the Royal Children’s Zoo (June 9, 1938)

John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Edward M. Kennedy

Ted Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston

Ted and Vicki Kennedy (Photo by Ken Regan)

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