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.
Having lived during the "Camelot" years. Thiswas a great read of memories and new facts! "John we hardly knew you...Published 7 months ago by Ken Smith
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 8 months ago by nate lipscomb
History Students will greatly appreciate this Work of many by this author regarding the discussions and ultimately the Decisions that where made during this Administration and the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by John Ford
More of a memoir than a biography, this book provides fascinating background information on the political life of John F. Kennedy. It is not however a complete biography.Published 11 months ago by phyllis maywhort
After reading two of Robert Caro's brilliant volumes on the life of LBJ, I wanted to learn more about his boss, the nation's 35 president. What was it that made him tick? Read morePublished 11 months ago by Clem
One of the best about JFK. Ted Sorenson was one of Kennedy, closest advisers for years. Recommended for a close look into one of the most important figures in the last half of... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Harry IK