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  • Series: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics; Reissue edition (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062280805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062280800
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,684,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

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.


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Thiswas a great read of memories and new facts!
Ken Smith
From the very start, one discerns the deepest compassion and abhorrence of violence: he remained true to those values throughout his life.
Hugh O'Neill
Ted Sorenson's book on Kennedy is good and seems very historically accurate.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Toby Scammell on November 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Sorensen's account deals briefly with Kennedy's background, and then dives deeper into his campaign and years in office. I used the book as research for a paper on the Bay of Pigs and found that Sorensen's analysis is concise yet thorough. His reliance on Kennedy's speeches and on the progression of the drafts (many that he wrote or co-wrote) provides a very interesting picture of the incident and the man that I couldn't find elsewhere.

A very good background, reference, or research piece from insider Ted Sorensen.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Leeni Balogh on December 3, 2010
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Written by John F. Kennedy's longtime aide, Ted Sorensen. An insider's view of one of the greatest American presidents. A reminder of Kennedy's leadership in areas such as: civil rights, environmental rights, consumer rights, Peace Corps, and space exploration. Half a century ago Kennedy warned against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and he took the first serious step toward arms control by ratifying the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. It has been 47 years since the death of President Kennedy, but his legacy lives. When JFK was president, I was very young and did not live in the United States. So, it was interesting to read about the 1960 presidential campaign climate: the difficulties Kennedy faced running as a Roman Catholic and the very narrow margin by which he won the election.
Sorensen"s book is 758 pages long and exhaustive. I recommend it for anyone who has serious interest in John F. Kennedy, the man and the political climate in late "50s and early 60's.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Although Sorenson's book might have taken a beating since Camelot's golden days, it remains an invaluable classic for those interested in Presidential biographies. Sorenson doccuments what he felt made Kennedy a leader....and what ultimately impacted us when he was assasinated.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hugh O'Neill on March 1, 2013
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WHO WILL PRAY FOR JFK?

“Arma Virumque Cano” (Virgil’s Aeneid)

November 22nd 2013 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of American President John F. Kennedy. It would seem that there are two distinct versions of this man, since the mythology that has accrued ever since has been contradictory at best. How can one man be so different from what we thought we knew? Indeed, so much has been written that many people now switch-off: unable to separate the truth from the myth, they drown in the brown tsunami of disinformation perpetrated by his murderers who make our world so dysfunctional. Confusion becomes apathy.

George Orwell wrote of the rationale behind propaganda: “Who controls the present controls the past. Who controls the past controls the future”. It is the duty of every historian to challenge propaganda, no matter how politically dangerous that may be. American soldier (and whistle-blower) Bradley Manning is under trial now because he told the truth about the slaughter of unarmed civilians. Orwell again: “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act”. Hitler too knew that deceiving people was quite simply a matter of constant repetition until the lie becomes the fact. The historian JFK’s first book “Why England Slept” was published in 1940 when he was only 23 and became a best-seller: he donated the royalties to recently-bombed Plymouth. (Interestingly, the BBC insinuates that the book was only a success because his father bought so many copies, or that he himself did not write it etc. This is the same BBC that warned us about WMD in Iraq). JFK wrote: “The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic’.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Clem on September 14, 2013
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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? And how did he come from relative obscurity in the late 1950's to be, arguably, the most popular president of the 20th century?

To be fair, this book has several, what I would call, disadvantages from the start. First, the piece was written in 1964, shortly after Kennedy was tragically murdered. Also, the book was written by one of his closest insiders and speechmakers, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but this book is horribly biased.

Oh how it's biased. It doesn't help when Sorenson includes a ridiculous weak forward to a 2009 reissue of this book that could have been better written by a high school sophomore. In this new puerile forward, Sorenson essentially says that Kennedy was a great, flawless president, and every other president we've had since (and he goes through them in detail) has sucked. Well, this ridiculous rant is almost enough to turn you off from the main body of work immediately, but fortunately the main piece isn't as juvenile. Perhaps the author was getting senile. Sadly, though, the book is simply too one-sided. Sorenson was obviously a disciple that thought Kennedy was some sort of god, and would probably gladly drink the man's bathwater if it was asked of him. Some of the syrupy praise that he lauds on the man over and over again is simply too much to stomach.

It's not that you really want the book to be a slinger of mud, I'm not sure a book such as that could have been released and/or accepted so shortly after the abrupt end of Camelot.
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