[1][4][5] Despite the collaboration, Kennedy literary representative Robert Barnett said that "every word" in the work was Kennedy's. For example, as an Amazon Associate, C-SPAN earns money from your qualifying purchases. It was Small who hired the fearsome roster of "cutthroat" TV correspondents who became household names: Rather and Mudd, Eric Sevareid, Harry Reasoner, Daniel Schorr, Fred Graham, Bob Schieffer, Bill Plante, Lesley Stahl, Ed Bradley, Connie Chung, Bernard Shaw and others. Though the TV newsman always remembered Kennedy's advice, he seldom practiced it; Mudd's demeanor as CBS News' Capitol Hill correspondent and regular substitute for Walter Cronkite remained "glowering and grim," as he admits in his new memoir. It was written with the help of Pulitzer Prize-winning collaborator Ron Powers and was based on contemporaneous notes taken by Kennedy throughout his life, hours of recordings for an oral history project, and long interviews. [11] By mid-December 2009, the book has had total sales of some 400,000 copies[3] and has spent 13 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list. [5] Kennedy's editor, Jonathan Karp, later said that "it was very clear from the outset that he was setting out to write a work of history, a work of personal history, and that he wanted this book very much to be a legacy. [3], Kennedy Memoir Reveals Remorse Over Fatal Chappaquiddick Crash, "Senator Ted Kennedy's book, 'True Compass' sale surge, paperback held back", "Kennedy memoir moved up to Sept. 14 release", "Kennedy's Rough Waters and Still Harbors", "Books: 'True Compass': 'Compass' a lively guide to Kennedy's life", "Palin's 'Going Rogue' Sells at Least 469,000 Copies (Update3)", United States Senator from Massachusetts, 1962–2009, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=True_Compass&oldid=960430119, Books about politics of the United States, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Anne Twomey (design); Denis Reggie (photograph), This page was last edited on 2 June 2020, at 22:48.

"[2] After he received his brain cancer diagnosis in 2008, Kennedy halted work on the book for a while, but then returned to it with renewed vigor and as one of his top priorities. He moved to Washington in the late 1950s and worked at … [2] He died the day a final copy of his book was delivered to his Hyannis Port, Massachusetts home. Any revenue realized from this program goes into a general account to help fund C-SPAN operations. [5] A Twelve spokesperson said, "The book was completed earlier this summer. Mudd said there was no deceit about the purpose or context of the interviews, as Kennedy claimed in the … [3] However, a planned paperback edition was pushed back to 2011 due to the renewed vigor of the hardcover book's sales following a November 2009 appearance by widow Victoria Reggie Kennedy on The Oprah Winfrey Show. [2], The work was originally intended for publication in 2010, then moved up to October 2009, and then finally moved up to September 2009, less than a month after Kennedy's death. The memoir deals with Kennedy's experiences with the assassination of his two older brothers, John and Robert, ... Former television anchor Roger Mudd took issue with Kennedy's version of their 1979 CBS interview which famously did damage to his 1980 presidential bid. Video clips were shown of Roger Mudd’s 1971 documentary, “The Selling of the Pentagon,” as he talked about the controversy that erupted over the way the documentary had been edited. C-SPAN.org offers links to books featured on the C-SPAN networks to make it simpler for viewers to purchase them.