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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,812 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edward M. Kennedy Narrator: John Bedford Lloyd Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781600247552
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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 extraordinary life.

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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mr. Kennedy’s conversational gifts as a storyteller and his sense of humor—so often remarked on by colleagues and friends—shine through here, as does his old-school sense of public service and his hard-won knowledge, in his son Teddy Jr.’s words, that ‘even our most profound losses are survivable.’”  

    New York Times 

  • In bringing Kennedy's sweeping memoir to life, John Bedford Lloyd conveys an intimacy and sincerity that allows for reverence without idolatry...Bonus features include a video interview, largely a summary of the book's contents, though still priceless from the standpoint of historical posterity. The PDF of photographs offers a rather impressive visual resource spanning the time period of Kennedy's narrative. Publishers Weekly
  • “Based on fifty years of notes and journal entries, this monumentally moving memoir illuminates nearly every aspect of the late senator's personal and public life and times. With incomparable wit and candor, Kennedy offers up his perspective on Senate colleagues, Presidents past, and most of all himself, revealing the tarnish along with the triumphs.” 

    People

  • “Touchingly candid, big-hearted and altogether super.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • “This riveting autobiography, crammed with joyous and tumultuous events that characterize Kennedy family life, is extensively documented, analyzed, and celebrated by the late senator, who also examines the many dramatic exigencies that wrought and reshaped his familial roles.” 

    Booklist

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara Best | 2/1/2014

    " Harder to read than it was to live through. For me Bobby's murder was the end of my interest in politics as a career choice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn Dellerba | 1/29/2014

    " This was a quick read and the thing I appreciated about it was the political climate characterized during the times of the many presidents that Edward served under in the Congress. Events that shaped his political convictions and views were enlightening and the history of important political causes and accomplishments by our country had some cause effect light shed upon them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 1/17/2014

    " Interesting autobiograpy. I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Quinn | 1/10/2014

    " This is not a book I would have picked for myself. Rather it was a Christmas gift from my son, and I moved it to the top of my reading pile because he kept asking how I liked it. Quite a lot, actually. My son was born in Hyannis, a Kennedy stomping ground, so I've always had an interest in the family from that and because I was a reporter in Massachusetts way back when. There's no dish in this memoir: Kennedy explains that the best way to handle rumor, innuendo and scandal is to refuse to comment. A brilliant strategy that more people should use! But there are plenty of other insights that were new to me. For example, why did Joseph P. Kennedy move his young family to New York? Because Boston was no place to raise Irish-American children. Why did health care become Senator Kennedy's most important issue? Because of what he learned during the months he was hospitalized while recovering from a broken back. I seldom read memoirs, but I'm glad I made an exception for this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha Fiorentini | 1/5/2014

    " I am a huge Ted Kennedy fan so I was fascinated to read his take on so many political situations as well as his personal reminiscences of his life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 12/26/2013

    " It is a nice mix of family, history and politics. Although I have a hard time imagining the Senator puring booze in another Senators plant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda Holcomb | 12/22/2013

    " There was a lot of historical information about the Kennedy family. Very interesting--also very entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Twelker | 12/22/2013

    " In this era of unparalleled partisanship, it was refreshing to read this bio of the Lion of the Senate, a man who mastered the art of reaching across the aisle to move forward legislation that benefited ordinary Americans. Learning about his relationships with the many presidents and House speakers he worked with was fascinating, as was reading about his personal losses and victories. Recommended, and not just for political junkies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cincibaby | 11/29/2013

    " This book is awesome! Kennedy tells his story in his words and you get to know a little of what his life really was a bout. You learn about his family and the strong family love. What happened in the house when his brother, John, was killed ....this is a must read if you are a baby boomer!,, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cliff | 11/23/2013

    " It was an honest, heart felt book on Ted Kennedy's life as told by the man himself. No holds barred, he reflects on his childhood and his career in the senate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon Raphael | 11/13/2013

    " I found the early years the most interesting. The major accomplishments seemed a bit whitewashed. I lost interest after the first half of the book but plan to go back eventually and pick up where I left off. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Coleen | 11/10/2013

    " I enjoyed reading this. Senator Kennedy's story was what I anticipated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 11/5/2013

    " This is an inspirational read. What a family! What a defender of us, ordinary working people! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn Diane | 11/1/2013

    " I love this book! Bobby Kennedy has always been my favorite, but reading this book has made me realize that Ted was the best of the bunch. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 1/11/2013

    " I thought this was a very good memoir. He seemed to be honest on every level. I liked that he did not trash Joan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hana | 12/4/2012

    " It was nice to read about Senator Kennedy's history. I felt very connected to him through reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tobi | 9/23/2012

    " I love Teddy and I loved this book. Full of so many details about all the stuff he has done and not at all depressing or sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 8/22/2012

    " Very compelling and hard-to-put-down story of the Kennedy clan, with a lot of emphasis on the family dynamics - in particular the positive impact that their father and mother had on them. Ted's may be the best perspective of them all - he has been through the WHOLE saga. A bit sugar-coated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda | 4/5/2012

    " I once met Ted Kennedy and had my photo taken with him, he was a compassionate, caring human being no matter what your politics are. This is a good read and the only one from the Kennedy family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 10/9/2011

    " This is a fantastic and personal book - talking of the Senator's personal life and political life throughout his 77 years of life. This is a book with a true message, not a book of opinionated policy. Read this book and you will have a new outlook on life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine W | 5/16/2011

    " They REALLY don't make 'em like this anymore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 4/9/2011

    " Interesting autobiograpy. I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophia | 3/28/2011

    " This was an epic life, well worth reading despite the fact that you already know the history. This man was witness to so much political change that we now take for granted. It certainly makes you miss his presence in the senate and on our side. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandee | 2/26/2011

    " This is a wonderful book, filled with emotional details about Kennedy's high and low points. You'll laugh and cry. I did. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kmaxham | 2/11/2011

    " I wanted to like this more than I did. The truth is, I never finished it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 2/6/2011

    " Not just a book about politics. A touching personal account of American history. At times almost too sad to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 2/3/2011

    " Good book, long book and I actually think it could have been longer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/31/2011

    " Loved learning more about the Kennedys and how the Senate works. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bettyann | 1/17/2011

    " Good read if you're young. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pixie | 1/17/2011

    " To err is human & to persevere against it is indeed devine "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 12/3/2010

    " Enjoyed reading about the events that made the man who he was...childhood and family influences. He discussed his shortcomings, his dedication to his wife and family as well as the political life of service to his country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 12/2/2010

    " I thought it was a wonderful, candid book and I learned many things about Senator Kennedy that I had not previously known. The book only served to cement my opinion of what a lovely man and great public servant Ted Kennedy truly was. "

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About the Author
Author Edward M. Kennedy

Edward M. Kennedy (1932–2009) represented Massachusetts in the United States Senate for forty-seven years, making him one of the longest-serving senators in American history. In 2004 he began interviews at the Miller Center of the University of Virginia for an oral history project about his life. For his 2009 memoir, True Compass, he drew from his fifty years of contemporaneous notes from his personal diaries and worked closely on the book with Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Powers, coauthor of Flags of Our Fathers and author of Mark Twain: A Life.

About the Narrator

John Bedford Lloyd, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, has appeared in many major motion pictures, including The Bourne Supremacy, Crossing Delancey, The Abyss, The Manchurian Candidate, and Philadelphia. His television credits include Suits, Pan Am, Law & Order, Spin City, and The West Wing. A critically acclaimed audiobook narrator and winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Award, his voice work includes reading for such authors as Michael Crichton, Nicholas Sparks, Paul Doiron, and Atul Gawande, among others. He is the winner of three AudioFile Earphones Awards.