Ted Kennedy: The Book

Thursday, September 03, 2009


The late Senator Ted Kennedy completed his memoir, "True Compass," before he died last month. The hefty tome was due to hit stores on September 14th, but copies have already leaked out. New York Times reporter Adam Nagourney began reading a leaked copy of the 532-page book yesterday. He talks to us about the book's revelations on Kennedy's feelings on the infamous incident at Chappaquiddick, and his relationships with his brothers Robert and John F. Kennedy. 

Click through for a transcript of our conversation with Adam Nagourney.


Adam Nagourney

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One of the reflections on Senator Kennedy recorded at National Journal Online included a colleague who sat next him on his flight home the weekend of Chappaquiddick - the colleague talks about how completely depleted he looked and that he commented that he just had no energy. For me, that (plus drink) underscores the foundation that led to the chaos and confusion and extremely bad decisions later that same night.

I had forgotten how fast and furiously the traumas and challenges rained down on Ted Kennedy - and all a good 25 years before we began to have any understanding at all that trauma is a body-held energy, much deeper than thought or emotion. Add to this the fact that he spent years fearing for his own life...a completely realistic fear, by the way.

In his passing, I have learned more about compassion. And I marvel at the big-hearted life of effective compassionate commitment that he lived in spite of everything. Me, I would have had to go on a long retreat.

Sep. 03 2009 02:53 PM

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