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The Resource Counselor : a life at the edge of history, Ted Sorensen

Counselor : a life at the edge of history, Ted Sorensen

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Counselor : a life at the edge of history
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Counselor
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a life at the edge of history
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Ted Sorensen
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  • For 11 years, from 1953 until President Kennedy's assassination, Sorensen was JFK's indispensable adviser and speechwriter, eventually serving as special counsel and key Kennedy administration official. This warm and touching memoir captures the optimism and energy of those Kennedy years. Sorensen devotes several chapters to his youth in Lincoln, NE, and to his years in New York following Kennedy's death, which included practicing international law, writing the best-selling Kennedy , running unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate, and having his reputation dragged through the mud during his unsuccessful confirmation hearing for CIA director under President Carter. The most fascinating chapters describe the author's special assignments, including his role in writing Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize—winning Profiles in Courage , helping draft the President's iconic 1960 inaugural address, and doing critical, behind-the-scenes work during the harrowing Cuban Missile Crisis. Sorensen offers a refreshing account that doesn't dish the dirt but remains focused on Kennedy's politics, as might be expected from a person "who never wanted to be JFK's drinking buddy [but his] trusted advisor." This graceful narrative by one of the last surviving members of the Kennedy administration is strongly recommended for public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 1/08.]—Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA --Karl Helicher (Reviewed April 15, 2008) (Library Journal, vol 133, issue 7, p93)
  • /* Starred Review */ The legendary Kennedy adviser reflects on his own remarkable life.In 1965 Theodore C. Sorensen authored Kennedy. Now approaching 80, nearly 50 years removed from the job for which he remains best known, John F. Kennedy's Special Counsel and indispensable wordsmith revisits much of the same territory, this time as "Ted," a tip-off to this book's more relaxed tone and focus on his own contributions to JFK's career. Comparable historically to Colonel House, Harry Hopkins and Karl Rove, the man JFK referred to as "his intellectual blood bank" tells marvelous stories about first going to work for the Massachusetts senator, the writing of JFK's Pulitzer Prize–winning Profiles in Courage, traveling the country for the 1960 campaign, the first televised presidential debates, the Cuban missile crisis, the triumphal visit to Berlin and, of course, crafting many memorable speeches for candidate and President Kennedy. Although he's more forthcoming than ever about these and other more delicate topics—including Kennedy's philandering, the senator's timid response to the McCarthy censure and the president's assassination—the author's deep respect for and heartache at the loss of his mentor clearly abides. Sorensen (Why I Am a Democrat, 1996, etc.) also makes room for stories about his career as an international lawyer, his failed senate bid in 1970, the fiasco surrounding his withdrawn 1977 nomination for Director of Central Intelligence and his continuing role as adviser to the Kennedy family. He expresses regret about the toll his high-powered life took on two failed marriages, and about his own youthful aloofness and arrogance. He also pauses to settle some minor scores with the likes of Kenneth O'Donnell, Richard Goodwin, Joe Biden and Jimmy Carter. Notwithstanding the great events and the famous people that crowd this narrative, the most charming and heartfelt passages concern the author's early life in Nebraska, as he traces the roots of his family and his still unabashed liberalism.A colleague once praised Sorensen's ability to "use words that everybody can understand—intellectuals, milkmen, diplomats, politicians." The author does just that in this absorbing memoir. (Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2008)
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autobiography
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254793
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Sorensen, Theodore C
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  • 973.922092
  • B
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no index present
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non fiction
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  • Sorensen, Theodore C
  • Kennedy, John F.
  • Political consultants
  • Speechwriters
  • Lawyers
  • United States
  • New York (N.Y.)
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a life at the edge of history
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Counselor : a life at the edge of history, Ted Sorensen
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24 cm
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First edition.
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xvi, 556 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
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9780060798710
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(alk. paper)
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2007047328
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Counselor : a life at the edge of history, Ted Sorensen
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvi, 556 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780060798710
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2007047328
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
  • ocn182552941
  • OCoLC

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