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The senator discusses challenges facing Americans, such as the economy, health care and the state of our democracy.
There's an old saying: "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." A few years ago, Senator Ted Kennedy decided to do just that. Now his dog, Champion Amigo's Seventh Wave (also known as Splash), is the most famous canine on Capitol Hill. Come follow Senator Kennedy and Splash through one whirlwind day in D.C.-from a press conference to a lunchtime game of fetch to a meeting with a school group to a vote on the Senate floor-as they work to pass an important law that will help schools across the United States. The warm, witty illustrations by Caldecott Medalist David Small offer a wonderful tour of the sights of Washington as well as an endearing portrait of the affection between man and dog. The result is a unique behind-the- scenes look at the life of one of the most energetic figures in American politics--and, of course, his very important owner.
Edward M. Kennedy is widely regarded as one of the great Senators in the nation's history. He is also the patriarch of America's most heralded family. In this landmark autobiography, five years in the making, Senator Kennedy speaks with unprecedented candor about his extraordinary life. The youngest of nine children born to Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, he came of age among siblings from whom much was expected. As a young man, he played a key role in the presidential campaign of his brother, John F. Kennedy. In 1962, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he learned how to become an effective legislator. His life has been marked by tragedy and perseverance, a love for family and an abiding faith. He writes movingly of his brothers and their influence on him; his years of struggle in the wake of their deaths; his marriage to the woman who changed his life, Victoria Reggie Kennedy; his role in the major events of our time (from the civil rights movement to the election of Barack Obama); and how his diagnosis of a malignant brain tumor has given even greater urgency to his long crusade for improved health care for all Americans. Written with warmth, wit, and grace,True Compass is Edward M. Kennedy's inspiring legacy to readers and to history.
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