Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History
Sorensen returns to January 1953, when he and the freshman senator from Massachusetts began their extraordinary professional and personal relationship. Rising from legislative assistant to spe ...more
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I listened to the audio version of Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History (2008) by Theodore C. Sorensen. I love peeking behind the scenes in history. In this book, Sorensen looks back and tells about his personal experiences in politics and foreign affairs. Wiki says: "...Sorensen was an American presidential advisor, lawyer and writer, best known as President John F. Kennedy’s special counsel, adviser and legendary speechwriter."
The book was published 4 years before he died. He ...more
However, near the end I realized the impetus for this book: Sorensen's stroke six years ago put an end to his legal career and most of his normal actitivites. This book provided a useful focus for him as part of his rehabilitation.
There are some tidbits in this book that shed new light on va ...more
I started reading the book because I wanted to learn more about history, such as JFK's presidency, Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missile Crisis. I was also intrigued by how decisions are made behind closed doors. I did ...more
Ted Sorensen considered his eleven years with JFK his most fulfilling and most memorable. Their collaboration, effective and brought results.
JFK's untimely death devastated him, but the former's memory inspired him to go on with life and pursue the ideals that they shared.
In writing his book, despite a handicap caused ...more
An extremely personable yet candid account, Sorensen reveals how his personal beliefs and family ...more
Sorensen wrote some of history’s most famous speeches, including Kennedy’s 1960 inaugural. He wrote this book to tell his story, as the passage of ...more
This is a book to savor.
Sorensen, of course, is best known for penning JFK's immortal phrase, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." The memoir is written just as simply and elegantly as the words Sorensen crafted for Kennedy.
True, the book is unabashed hero worship, but I appreciated Sorensen's style and insights. I was 13 when Kennedy was assassinated and have vivid ...more
1) This was the first book I have read about Kennedy's Presidency where I suddenly felt the loss of JFK. It is easy and obvious enough to romanticize the period, but there was something in the part of the book where Sorensen really begins discussing JFK, his candidacy, some of his initiatives, that simply forced the wind out of me ...more
He tells what is was like inside the Kennedy White House - Cuban missile crisis, his assassination and the day to day. some very candid opinions on all the famous political lead ...more
I also ...more
Sorensen witnessed many historical moments in his 11 years as JFK's chief speechwriter and Special Counsel to the President. This book reveals the challenges and rewards of such unparalleled access to one of the greatest American presidents.
There's over 500 pages of compelling narrative in his striking honest autobiography. It covers his Unitarian origins ...more
Another book about JFK? While much has been written about our 35th president, Sorensen offers fresh perspective on his experiences in that administration and his lifetime of public service ever since. Counselor provides a rich context for the JFK years, including new details that escaped attention (or were too sensitive to publish with some of the principals still living). With poignant good humor, Sorensen wears his erudition and access to the Kennedy administration lightly. Yet there is nothin...more
As JFK's main policy adviser and the man who wrote many of JFK's most famou ...more
All things Kennedy--
"Few could realize,then or now,that beneath the glitter of his life and office, beneath the cool exterior of the ambitious politician, was a good a decent man with a conscience that told him what was right and a heart that ...more
Ted wrote this with the blessings of the Kennedy family, no gossip or hypothesizing included. It's a heart-felt depiction of not only Kennedy's life, but also his own as it wrapped around the President. Descriptions of growing up in the upper ...more
I did forget (or just wasn’t paying attention in those years) that President Carter had offered ...more
Sorensen writes about his very difficult childhood and the terrible stigma he felt because of his mother's debilitating mental illness. It was a big part of the reason that he left Nebraska as early as he could and never looked back.
His story is a nice g ...more