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"[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.'"―Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"Teddy has made a final, persuasive case for why he may actually be his family's greatest torchbearer."―TIME
"Often touching . . . After a life chronicled in tabloid chatter and often vicious editorial cartoons, Kennedy tells his own story here, expansively yet selectively, portraying himself as a dedicated, loving, flesh-and-blood figure who, despite being born well, had to prove himself. And the person, to whom he most had to do that is clearly etched in these pages. It was neither his famous brothers, nor his pious mother, Rose, nor even himself, but his controversial father, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. . . This is a book that all but the most toxic Kennedy critic could love . . . Later, there is much substance about his political life. His accounts are richly detailed. As a reporter covering Kennedy decades ago, I learned that he was keeping a diary and knew what a treasure it would someday be. It is. The best insights are perhaps his accounts of Senate maneuverings prior to the impeachment of Bill Clinton, his advocacy for peace in Northern Ireland, the misgivings that he and Robert both had about Vietnam, and the run-up to the latter's presidential campaign and subsequent murder in 1968 . . . He writes with great affection of dating and marrying the warmly elegant Vicki Reggie. The memoir is dedicated to her."―The Boston Globe, Boston Globe
"Touchingly candid, big-hearted and altogether superb . . . Completed in the shadow of the senator's own mortality, this is a book whose clarity of recollection and expression entitles it to share in the lineage established by America's first great memoir of public life -- 'The Autobiography of U.S. Grant,' which he wrote while himself dying of cancer . . . Kennedy was a devoted diarist whose natural gifts as a storyteller and as a sharp, painterly observer shine through every page . . . In the weeks leading up to [the] publication of TRUE COMPASS, much of the obvious 'news' in this book was leaked to the press . . . What's far more remarkable about this memoir is its capacious and generous spirit . . . TRUE COMPASS reminds us -- we
Edward M. Kennedy has represented Massachusetts in the United States Senate for forty-seven years. In 2004 he began interviews at the Miller Center of the University of Virginia for an oral history project about his life. Since then, he has drawn from his fifty years of contemporaneous notes from his personal diaries and worked closely on this book with Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Powers, coauthor of Flags of Our Fathers and author of Mark Twain: A Life.
From a Canadian perspective, I found this to be an incredible overview of the American system of government - clear and concise, interesting and informative and exceptionally... Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2010 by Maggie
What a read....can't believe all that he achieved in his lifetime. Such drama, heartbreak, highs and lows, and to be that grounded your whole life is amazing. Read morePublished on April 3 2010 by lisamvm
I can't help but note what a wonderful gift to his family this memoir must be. It is also a valuable piece of history as it details Edward Kennedy's life in the senate and... Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2010 by Paula C. Aird
After all the press coverage and promotion I couldn't wait to read this book. I was expecting to read some untold stories and information that has never before been revealed to the... Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2010 by C. Ronan
I loved this book. It is told in the Kennedy style we all love. I enjoyed his insights and his take on life and how it affected him.Published on Nov. 5 2009 by Denise Henshaw