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September 02, 2009

Kennedy Book Reveals Secrets

It looks like the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's memoir, True Compass, is going to be worth reading.

True Compass: A Memoir The New York Times obtained an advance copy and reports Kennedy "provides unique details about life in America's famous political family" and even "talks remorsefully about the car accident that claimed the life of Mary Jo Kopechne -- a turn of events many consider a chief reason that he was never able to mount a successful bid for the presidency."

One story of particular interest: "Kennedy tells of a secret meeting in the spring of 1967 between President Lyndon B. Johnson and Robert Kennedy, whose increasingly outspoken criticism of the war in Southeast Asia was becoming a political threat to Mr. Johnson. According to the book, Robert Kennedy proposed that Mr. Johnson gave him authority to personally negotiate a peace treaty in Vietnam. This, implicitly, would have kept Mr. Kennedy out of the 1968 race for the Democratic nomination, a prospect that Mr. Johnson had come to worry greatly about."

Writes Kennedy: "If the president had accepted his offer, Bobby certainly would have been too immersed in the peace process to become involved in presidential primary."


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