A Life at the Edge of History

Book - 2008
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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.

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 speechwriter and advisor, the young lawyer from Nebraska worked closely with JFK on his most important speeches, as well as his book Profiles in Courage. Sorensen encouraged the junior senator's political ambitions--from a failed bid for the vice presidential nomination in 1956 to the successful presidential campaign in 1960, after which he was named Special Counsel to the President.

Sorensen describes in thrilling detail his experience advising JFK during some of the most crucial days of his presidency, 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.

Illuminating, revelatory, and utterly compelling, Counselor is the brilliant, long-awaited memoir from the remarkable man who shaped the presidency and the legacy of one of the greatest leaders America has ever known.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060798710
Branch Call Number: SORENSEN SOR
Characteristics: xvi, 556 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.


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Nov 05, 2013

I found this book, and Sorensen, confusing. Perhaps Sorensen is completely honest and true blue? But he worked at a law firm (along with Carlyle Group co-founder, David Rubenstein) which has had some curious attorneys there, and Sorensen commented at a CFR retirement party for Peter G. Peterson, that Peterson was one of the great American patriots? Huh....? ? ? ? I would have to place Sorensen in the Dean Rusk/Ben Bradlee "wonder if they were CIA" list? Sorensen's law firm worked for some of the most disreputable private equity/hedge funds out there (including well-known public bankster, JPMorgan Chase).
In the final analysis, Sorensen was a gifted speech writer, but his opinion of the Warren Commission, and Warren Commission Report was decidedly disingenuous - - all one need do is to actually read the report to easily grasp what a pile of concocted drivel it was - - obvious follow-up questions never asked, witnesses who couldn't I.D. Oswald, but then the commission claimed they did, and all the evidence and witnesses they refused to consider and admit - - why Bugliosi and Posner are such frauds because I read the report, and they either have not or lied outrageously for the money. It wasn't until long after the commission we learned of Pfc. Eugene G. Dinkin, that great unsung American patriot who should never be forgotten. . .

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