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By Edward M. Kennedy

During this landmark autobiography, 5 years within the making, Senator Edward M. Kennedy tells his notable own story--of his mythical kin, politics, and fifty years on the heart of nationwide events.


The youngest of 9 young ones born to Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, he got here of age between siblings from whom a lot used to be anticipated. As a tender guy, he performed a key position within the presidential crusade of his brother John F. Kennedy, mentioned right here in loving element. In 1962 he used to be elected to the U.S. Senate, the place he all started a desirable political schooling and have become a legislator.

In this old memoir,Ted Kennedy takes us within his kinfolk, re-creating existence together with his mom and dad and brothers and explaining their profound influence on him. or the 1st time, he describes his heartbreak and years of fight within the wake in their deaths. via all of it, he describes his paintings within the Senate at the significant problems with our time--civil rights, Vietnam, Watergate, the search for peace in Northern Ireland--and the reason for his lifestyles: enhanced health and wellbeing take care of all americans, a struggle inspired via his personal studies in hospitals.

His lifestyles has been marked by means of tragedy and perseverance, a love of family members, and an abiding religion. there were controversies, too, and Kennedy addresses them with exceptional candor. At midlife, embattled and unsure if he may ever fall in love back, he met the lady who replaced his existence, Victoria Reggie Kennedy. dealing with a difficult reelection crusade opposed to an competitive challenger named Mitt Romney, Kennedy chanced on a brand new voice and commenced one of many nice 3rd acts in American politics, sponsoring significant laws, status up for liberal rules, and making the pivotal endorsement of Barack Obama for president.

Hundreds of books were written concerning the Kennedys. precise COMPASS will undergo because the definitive account from a member of America's so much heralded family members, an inspiring legacy to readers and to historical past, and a deeply relocating tale of a sensible no different.

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