Uncovering Ted Kennedy's 'True Compass' Book editor Jonathan Karp worked closely with Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in the final year of the senator's life, getting to know the man behind the public persona, sifting through a half century of papers and finding out Kennedy's deepest feelings about family controversies, successes and tragedies

Uncovering Ted Kennedy's 'True Compass'

Uncovering Ted Kennedy's 'True Compass'

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Edward M. Kennedy was the third-longest serving senator in U.S. history. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Edward M. Kennedy, who died Aug. 25, 2009 after serving 46 years in the U.S. Senate, kept careful notes and journals about his life for nearly 50 years. Now, in his posthumously published memoir True Compass, Kennedy reflects on the controversies, successes and tragedies of his famous family.

Jonathan Karp, editor-in-chief and publisher of Twelve Book, which has published True Compass, speaks with Terry Gross about his experiences working with the late senator in the final year of Kennedy's life.

True Compass
By Edward M. Kennedy

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Edward M. Kennedy

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