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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Twelve; Reprint edition (April 13 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446539260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446539265
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 662 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #331,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 18 2009
Format: Hardcover
As political memoirs go, Ted Kennedy's "True Compass" is a decent effort at setting the record straight on the Kennedy legacy, given all its many controversies and distorting myths. To create an accurate rendition of how he, the senator from Massachusetts, fits into this 'dynastic' family, Kennedy treats his reader to an extensive but rambling description of the years he and brothers, Jack and Bobby, spent ascending to and experiencing power in Washington. While this lengthy review covers all the political bases including some failed runs at the presidency, it also pays considerable homage to his parents, his other siblings, and his own family. Reading this book should reinforce the belief that this generation of Kennedys was a very closely-knit and loyal one who learned, like the nobility of old, to never complain about adversity, and there was plenty of it. It is amazing how Kennedy, in the debilitated state that he was in 2009, could command so much anecdoctal detail for writing this autobiography. It is this attribute that really makes for a compelling and enlightening read about where the Kennedys were on the big stage of history when the important events took place either on the floor of the senate or in the capitals of the world. Whatever opinion you might hold about Ted Kennedy's private life - several of the embarrassing and awkward incidents are mentioned, including a few explanatory words about Chappaquiddick - the man's legislative record is pretty impressive on healthcare reform and related domestic matters. By championing this cause and other international ones like nuclear disarmament, Kennedy not only redeemed his tarnished image as an insensitive, lazy rich boy, but became known as a 'friend' of the poor and a respected leader in the Senate.Read more ›
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. Bell on Oct. 3 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is a wonderful read. The late Senator has written an interesting, warm, at times humorous, and touching memoir. After reading the book, I felt I had a more complete vision of what he was about and who he was as a man. Seeing the events of his life, both tragic and joyous, through his eyes gives a fascinating glimpse of what it was like for him and his family. The theme of redemption flows through the pages. Highly recommended!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Vickie N H on Nov. 9 2009
Format: Hardcover
As a dual citizen with my paternal roots laying in boston mass, i bought this book naturally for my love of the kennedy's and teddy particularly. I was prepared for a more difficult read, but was pleasantly surprised. I CANNOT put this book down. Ted Kennedy tells is like it is, the bad and the good, and makes the reader feel like part of the kennedy family themselves. I highly recommend this book for anyone! Even if you not interested in politics, you'll appreciate this memior that reads more like a story of life!

EXCELLENT!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By homeice on Dec 9 2009
Format: Hardcover
This was definitely the best non fiction book I read this year. Not since Winston Churchill have we seen such an articulate account of history from one on the inside. The sweetness of Ted Kennedy's personality and the warmth of his authentic voice virtually sings from the page. I cannot recommend this highly enough. This book is a living rose.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denise Henshaw on Nov. 5 2009
Format: Hardcover
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.
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Format: Hardcover
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 well-written.
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