Ted Sorensen

Special Counsel and Adviser to President John F. Kennedy

Theodore Chaikin "Ted" Sorensen (1928–2010) was a senior partner at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. He is best known as President John F. Kennedy's special counsel and adviser and legendary speechwriter.

The author of many books, Sorensen had an important role in researching and drafting Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize-winning book Profiles in Courage.

Featured Work

NOV 14, 2008 Podcast

David Speedie Interviews Ted Sorensen

"A president who doesn't go to war may show more courage than one who does," said JFK. In a wide-ranging conversation, Sorensen discusses JFK, Cuba, ...

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JUN 12, 2008 Podcast

Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History

In this 2008 talk, Special Counsel and Advisor to John F. Kennedy Ted Sorensen recalls his life and times with JFK, including the dramas of desegregation ...