About Ted Sorensen
(1928 - 2010)
Born in Nebraska to a Unitarian family, Theodore C. Sorensen registered for noncombatant service as a conscientious objector when he turned 18. On his application, he identified himself as a "peace maker." The life he went on to lead, as President John F. Kennedy's closest advisor and then as a prominent international lawyer, reflected that early self-description. Upon the publication of his best-selling memoir, Counselor, when he was 80 years old, Sorensen said that he hoped he would be remembered as "a servant of peace and justice."
From his pivotal work in crafting President Kennedy's letter that helped avert nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis to his efforts to shape Kennedy's civil rights speeches and legislation, Sorensen had a devotion to world peace and justice for all. While best known for his White House years, after Kennedy's death, Sorensen led a rich life devoted to the public good as a private attorney. As a partner at the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he spent the remainder of his career, he helped emerging democracies embrace and carry out the principles of freedom.
Sorensen served as a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He was a Director of the Council on Foreign Relations and was on the board of the Century Foundation. He passed away in October 2010. A man of tremendous accomplishments, Ted Sorensen's impact and vision for peace and justice touched lives worldwide.
Sorensen authored eight books, including his 1965 bestseller, Kennedy and 2008 memoir, Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History in which he shines new light on some of the most pivotal points in American history such as his involvement with the Cuban Missile Crisis, the space race and his very personal collaboration with John F. Kennedy to craft the most memorable speeches of the presidency.
Below is a complete list of Ted's books:
- Decision-making in the White House: The Olive Branch or the Arrows
- The Kennedy Legacy
- Watchmen in the Night
- Decision: John Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis
- A Different Kind of Presidency
- Why I am a Democrat
- Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History
“The Last Word: Theodore C. Sorensen” on nytimes.com