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August 29, 2009

Edward Kennedy memoir already a best-seller

true compassEdward Kennedy was buried Saturday, but his impact will surely linger in the words contained in his memoir, "True Compass." The book, which will be released Sept. 14, already has become Amazon's best-selling biography. "Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy" by Peter S. Canellos was also in the Top 10 in that category.

Jonathan Karp, editor-in-chief of Twelve, which is publishing the book, said in an open letter that "Kennedy has been keeping a personal journal through nearly 50 years of his public life, beginning with John F. Kennedy’s campaign for president in 1960. Five years ago, he began an oral history project at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia, where he began to address all aspects of his life – his family, his career in the Senate, and his view of the historic events of our time."

The hardback will list for $35, but Twelve plans to issue 1,000 copies of a leather-bound, electronically signed edition that will cost $1,000, according to the New York Times. Kennedy reportedly received an $8 million advance for the book, written with Ron Powers, an author of “Flags of Our Fathers” and other biographies.

Posted by Dave Rosenthal at 3:10 PM | | Comments (1)


It's interesting that a release date for a Kindle edition of this book has not yet been announced.

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Dave Rosenthal came to The Baltimore Sun as a business reporter in 1987 and now is the Maryland Editor. He reads a wide range of books (but never as many as he'd like), usually alternating between non-fiction and fiction. Some all-time favorites: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole; Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery; and anything by Calvin Trillin or John McPhee. He belongs to a book club with a Jewish theme.
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