John DeDakis's Reviews > Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History

Counselor by Theodore C. Sorensen
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Jan 23, 2010

it was amazing
Read from January 23 to June 20, 2010

I FINALLY finished this. I'm such a slow reader, plus life keeps getting in the way.

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 memories of the national trauma. Sorensen lets us feel his searing psychological pain at the sudden and senseless loss of his personal friend and mentor.

He glosses over JFK's infidelities, suggesting the rumors were probably true, but -- loyal counselor to the end -- he refuses to give details. He also suggests that the catastrophe that became the Vietnam War would never have happened had Kennedy lived.

Whether one is liberal or conservative, "Counselor" is history well worth reading.

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