A copy of the 1965 book "Kennedy", written by JFK's special friend, speechwriter and closest adviser TED SORENSEN (1928-2010). The copy is signed in marker and inscribed "For Alexander Millar Hehmeyer/-with best wishes for his every success/Ted Sorensen/-March 1966". Sorensen first came to be associated with Kennedy as early as 1953, and for the next ten years stood at the edge of history. He stated that portions of Kennedy's Profiles in Courage (1957) were actually first drafted by him. Sorensen was with Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was shocked by the president's assassination in 1963 and embarked on a second career. In 1970 Sorensen flirted with a Senate run from New York. By 1977 Jimmy Carter nominated Sorensen for CIA director. For years a familiar voice from the liberal direction, he lived until 2010---long enough to see the rise of Barack Obama. Sorensen endorsed him, and pointed to what he saw as the striking similarities between him and Kennedy. Sorensen's death in 2010 at age 82 was caused by a stroke, months after he received the National Humanities Medal at a White House ceremony. The book is protected in a jacket. The dust jacket has some chipping and wear and the book overall is solid and presentable, though not mint. The value lies in the autograph by this important figure of the Kennedy years.
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