True Compass: A Memoir

Written by:
Edward M. Kennedy
Narrated by:
John Bedford Lloyd

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2009
18 hours 0 minutes
In this landmark autobiography, five years in the making, Senator Edward M. Kennedy tells his extraordinary personal story -- of his legendary family, politics, and fifty years at the center of national events.

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. 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 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.
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The book is excellent however the narrator is the reason I give the book 4 stars. Minimal infliction in his voice, times when there was insufficient pauses between chapters or sentences and finally mispronunciation of words. I don't think the narrator did the book justice.

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Paul in Potomac

An autobiography written at the onset of life threatening, and ultimately life taking, cancer means that the author is likely much more reflective on arc of his life and its larger context. True Compass was possible because Ted Kennedy had already devoted significant time to an oral history through the University of Virginia's Miller Center, which was incorporated into the book. The historical perspective from the 1930's to 2009 on American society and its politics, from Ted Kennedy's personal, albeit extremely privileged perspective is worth the listen.

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I found this book very interesting as alive history review. Getting first hand info, from someone living through it. He sure loved to sail.. At times it was a little boring Yet when he was sailing you could almost feel the wind in your face. I can't believe how strict his parents were. this book gives an interesting perspective on the Kennedy family.

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