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  • Published: New York, NY : Harper, c2008.
  • Year Published: 2008
  • Edition: Large print ed.
  • Description: xi, 882 p. (large print), [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Large Type

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  • 9780061562747
  • 0061562742


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Counselor : a life at the edge of history

by Sorensen, Theodore C.

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I: Lincoln, Nebraska, 1928-1951 -- Roots -- Mother -- Father -- Childhood and siblings -- Education -- Conscience -- II: Washington, D.C., 1951-1964 -- Move to Washington, D.C. -- Joining Senator Kennedy -- Relationship with JFK -- My perspective on JFK's personal life -- My evolving role on JFK's Senate staff -- Speechwriting -- My role in Profiles in courage -- A Catholic candidate for president? -- Senator Kennedy's quest for the presidency -- The 1960-1961 presidential transition -- Special counsel to the president -- The president's speeches -- President Kennedy's ministry of talent -- My relations with Vice President Lyndon Johnson -- My relations with President Kennedy's family -- Kennedy's civil rights initiative -- The Cuban Missile Crisis -- President Kennedy's foreign policy -- My role in press relations -- Planning for JFK's reelection and second term -- The death of President Kennedy -- President Johnson's 1963 transition -- III: New York City, 1965-2007 -- Return to private life and authorship -- New life in New York -- Practicing law -- My continuing involvement in politics -- My 1977 nomination for Director of Central Intelligence -- Family and health.

In this gripping memoir, John F. Kennedy's closest advisor recounts in full for the first time his experience counseling Kennedy through the most dramatic moments in American history.... from the decision to go to the moon to the Cuban Missile Crisis, when JFK requested that the thirty-four-year-old Sorensen draft the key letter to Khrushchev at the most critical point of the world's first nuclear confrontation. After Kennedy was assassinated, Sorensen stayed with President Johnson for a few months before leaving to write a biography of JFK. In 1968 he returned to Washington to help run Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign. Through it all, Sorensen never lost sight of the ideals that brought him to Washington and to the White House, working tirelessly to promote and defend free, peaceful societies.--From publisher's description.

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