REVIEW: True Compass by Edward M. Kennedy

6452806Title: True Compass
Author: Edward M. Kennedy
Year of Publication: 2009
Genre: Memoir
Format: Audio book
Length: 18 hours and 56 minutes
First Line: “The bridle paths on Cape Cod are mostly old cranberry roads.”

Summary: 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,Ted Kennedy takes us inside his family, re-creating life with his parents and brothers and explaining their profound impact on him. or 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 has been 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 readers and to history, and a deeply moving story of a life like no other

Review: If you are even slightly interested in the Kennedy family, you should read this book. If you’re interested in politics, campaigns and sandals, you should read this book. If you’re interested in life’s lessons, you should read this book. Basically Ted Kennedy’s last book, True Compass has something for everyone.

Who doesn’t have an interest in the Kennedys? I mean really? This is a first-hand account from the youngest son of Joe and Rose Kennedy. There’s family stories, insight; it’s fantastic. I personally learned a great deal about the Kennedy family from this book.

Kennedy goes into great detail in True Compass about several campaigns that he was involved in. Unless you’re a political science buff, this information can go over your head at times (yes, I am including myself). But if you love that stuff and understand it, those parts of his book will be gold.

Usually when I read an biography of someone who has passed, I know how the book will end, it’s just the ‘duh’ factor of the book. Some people dislike biographies for this reason because they have an ‘unhappy ending’. So it was so weird to read Kennedy’s memoir, which he practically finished writing and then died. In the end of the book, he says that he knows he doesn’t have much time left to go and didn’t accomplish what he wanted to in life (like get healthcare for all) but that’s okay. Just thinking about it I choke up. It’s most likely because it’s not a biography, it’s the real man writing these words and that cause me for the first time to think that the author dying at the end sucks.

Worst part: Maybe when Kennedy goes too far into the political stuff.

Best part: The Kennedy family information.

Grade: A

Recommend For: If you couldn’t tell, I’d recommend True Compass to everyone.

Other Books by This Author: My Senator And Me: A Dog’s Eye View Of Washington, D.C. and America Back on Track

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