Ted Sorensen knew Kennedy the man, the senator, the candidate, and the president as no other associate did. From his hiring as a legislative assistant to Kennedy's death in 1963, Sorensen was with him during the key crises and turning points—including the spectacular race for the vice presidency at the 1956 convention, the launching of Kennedy's presidential candidacy, the TV debates with Nixon, and election night at Hyannis Port. The first appointment made by the new president was to name Ted Sorensen his Special Counsel.
In Kennedy, Sorensen recounts failures as well as successes with surprising candor and objectivity. He reveals Kennedy's errors on the Bay of Pigs, and his attitudes toward the press, Congress, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Sorensen saw firsthand Kennedy's actions in the Cuban missile crises, and the evolution of his beliefs on civil rights and arms control. First published in 1965 and reissued here with a new preface, Kennedy is an intimate biography of an extraordinary man, and one of the most important historical accounts of the twentieth century.
Ted Sorensen was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, and after law school moved to Washington, D.C., where he would ultimately work for John F. Kennedy. He left the White House soon after JFK's death, and in 1966 joined a New York City law firm, where, as a prominent international lawyer, he advised governments, multinational organizations, and major corporations around the world. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History. Sorensen remained active in political and international issues until his death in 2010.
OK - I am a Kennedy fan and this book is overly reverential, but I still love it. Sorensen is a first class writer and this is nice intimate look at JFK. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sas
Great historical novel, First person account of a historical lifePublished 7 months ago by Michael J Gormly
I really enjoyed Kennedy. It gave me an insight to the man and his political accomplishments. The book is a little on the long side at 800 pages but well worth the time to read. Read morePublished 10 months ago by John D. Bowman
Having lived during the "Camelot" years. Thiswas a great read of memories and new facts! "John we hardly knew you...Published 13 months ago by Ken Smith
I learned a lot about what happened behind the scenes of the time Kennedy was in office. I have a new found respect for the man and his ability as a leader for our country. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Patricia I. Matteson
Sorenson's description of JFK seemed so blinded by his devotion to and affection for the man that his assessment of his abilities and accomplishments was too thin to resonate or... Read morePublished 15 months ago by nate lipscomb