Senator Edward M. Kennedy, one of the most respected political leaders and productive legislators in the history of the United States, will write his autobiography, to be published by Twelve, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing and Hachette Book Group USA.
"Senator Kennedy is the personification of principled leadership. His book will be a valuable record for anyone who cares about our government, our politics, and our growth as a nation. It will also tell the story of a remarkable American family that contributed to some of the most significant historical events of the last century. We are honored to be Senator Kennedy's publisher and are certain that multitudes of readers around the world share our eagerness to read his story," said David Young, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hachette Book Group USA.
Senator Kennedy has represented Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate for 45 years. He was elected in 1962 to finish the final two years of the Senate term of his brother, Senator John F. Kennedy, who was elected President in 1960. Since then, Senator Kennedy has been re-elected to seven full terms, and is now the second most senior member of the Senate. He is the youngest of nine children born to Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy.
World rights to the book were acquired by Jamie Raab, Executive Vice President and Publisher of Grand Central Publishing, and Jonathan Karp, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Twelve, who will edit the book. Senator Kennedy was represented by attorney Robert B. Barnett and Gregory B. Craig of Williams & Connolly, a Washington, D.C. law firm. The tentative publication date of Senator Kennedy's autobiography is Fall 2010.