Edward M. Kennedy is widely regarded as one of the great Senators in
the nation's history. He is also the patriarch of America's most
heralded family. In this landmark autobiography, five years in the
making, Senator Kennedy speaks with unprecedented candor about his
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. In
1962, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he learned how to become
an effective legislator.
His life has been marked by
tragedy and perseverance, a love for family and an abiding faith. He
writes movingly of his brothers and their influence on him; his years
of struggle in the wake of their deaths; his marriage to the woman who
changed his life, Victoria Reggie Kennedy; his role in the major events
of our time (from the civil rights movement to the election of Barack
Obama); and how his recent diagnosis of a malignant brain tumor has
given even greater urgency to his long crusade for improved health care
for all Americans.
Written with warmth, wit, and grace, True Compass
is Edward M. Kennedy's inspiring legacy to readers and to history.