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The youngest of nine children born to Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, he came of age among siblings from whom much was expected. As a young man, he played a key role in the presidential campaign of his brother John F. Kennedy, recounted here in loving detail. In 1962 he was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he began a fascinating political education and became a legislator.

In this historic memoir, the late Ted Kennedy takes us inside his family, re-creating life with his parents and brothers and explaining their profound impact on him. For the first time, he describes his heartbreak and years of struggle in the wake of their deaths. Through it all, he describes his work in the Senate on the major issues of our time - civil rights, Vietnam, Watergate, the quest for peace in Northern Ireland - and the cause of his life: improved health care for all Americans, a fight influenced by his own experiences in hospitals.

His life was marked by tragedy and perseverance, a love of family, and an abiding faith. There have been controversies, too, and Kennedy addresses them with unprecedented candor.

At midlife, embattled and uncertain if he would ever fall in love again, he met the woman who changed his life, Victoria Reggie Kennedy. Facing a tough reelection campaign against an aggressive challenger named Mitt Romney, Kennedy found a new voice and began one of the great third acts in American politics, sponsoring major legislation, standing up for liberal principles, and making the pivotal endorsement of Barack Obama for president.

Hundreds of books have been written about the Kennedys. True Compass will endure as the definitive account from a member of America's most heralded family, an inspiring legacy to listeners and to history, and a deeply moving story of a life like no other.

©2009 Edward M. Kennedy; (P)2009 Hachette Audio

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This is the most self-serving memoir I have ever listen to on Audible.
Joe Kennedy sounded like a Saint.
Why wasn't his rum running mentioned.

The account of the cheating at Harvard was amazing. While saying he accepted responsibility, he goes on to point out how others were the reason it happened.

Private planes, trains, & Limos does not show me concern for the poor.

Most American should not expect to experience anything near comparable to Kennedy Family Health Care.

I would suggest you not waste your time or money on this book.

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  • Eileen
  • Charlotte, NC, United States
  • 05-22-10

Revisionist History

Obviously, Sen. Kennedy wanted to pesent himself and his family in the best possible light. Unfortunately, he did such a fantastic job doing this that he casts the veracity of the entire book in doubt. I don't blame him for wanting to look good, but when bad and/or seamy incidents were concurrently recorded in the press, Kennedy's attempt to make them seem other than what they were does nothing but make him sound self serving. This book would have been better if there had been any honest soul searching or even explanation of events that he was involved in that also impacted American life and history.

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  • Jewel
  • Berkeley, CA, USA
  • 11-10-09


I have only heard Part 1, and I am having difficuly downloading Parts 2 and 3. Part 1 was especially interesting in casting light on the entire Kennedy family.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful