The Administration: First Man Out

Aside from kinfolk, no man was closer to Jack Kennedy than Theodore Chaikin Sorensen. The son of a Nebraska liberal who was campaign manager for Senator George Norris, Ted Sorensen made Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Nebraska, graduated first in his class at law school and went to work in Washington. Late in 1952, Freshman Senator Kennedy hired Sorensen to help write his speeches and magazine articles. The two men were drawn together by a mutual fascination with politics and history, and it was Sorensen who compiled the research for Profiles in Courage.

Sorensen became Senator Kennedy's ranking...