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About the Author
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.
With over ninety-five million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include twelve #1 New York Times bestsellers, and all his books, including Three Weeks with My Brother, the memoir he wrote with his brother, Micah, have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than fifty languages. Nine of Nicholas Sparks's novels-The Best of Me, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and Message in a Bottle-were also adapted into major motion pictures. In 2011, he founded the Nicholas Sparks Foundation to inspire and transform students' lives though education, curriculum development, and life-changing international experiences. To learn more, go to www.NicholasSparksFoundation.org. The author lives in North Carolina with his wife and family. You can visit him at www.NicholasSparks.com.
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...Deeply affecting on the subjects of grief, his battle with brain cancer and his devotion to family, sailing, and the senate, this is an astonishingly intimate self-portrait of a man whose belief that 'if you persevere...you have a real opportunity to achieve something' was born out by his extraordinary life.-- "People"
Teddy has made a final, persuasive case for why he may actually be his family's greatest torchbearer.-- "Time"
[A] deeply affecting memoir...he writes with searching candor about the losses, joys, and lapses of his life; the love and closeness of his family; the solace he found in sailing and the sea; his complex relationships with political allies and rivals. 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"
Touchingly candid, big-hearted, and altogether superb...This is a book whose clarity of recollection and expression entitles it to share in the lineage established by America's first great memoir of public life-The Autobiography of U. S. Grant, which he wrote while himself dying of cancer...Kennedy was a devoted diarist whose natural gifts as a storyteller and as a sharp, painterly observer shine through every page.-- "Los Angeles Times"
Often touching...After a life chronicled in tabloid chatter and often vicious editorial cartoons, Kennedy tells his own story here...His accounts are richly detailed. As a reporter covering Kennedy decades ago, I learned that he was keeping a diary and knew what a treasure it would someday be. It is.-- "Boston Globe"
In bringing Kennedy's sweeping memoir to life, John Bedford Lloyd conveys an intimacy and sincerity that allows for reverence without idolatry. Lloyd does his best work in conveying the Lion of the Senate's introspective musings on family, faith, and loss.-- "Publishers Weekly"