Ted Sorensen

Special Counsel and Adviser to President John F. Kennedy

Ted Sorensen

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.

Last Updated: May 30, 2017

  • Profiles in Courage (assisted JFK) (1956)
  • Decision-making in the White House (1963)
  • Kennedy (1965)
  • The Kennedy Legacy (1969)
  • Watchmen in the Night: Presidential Accountability After Watergate (1975)
  • A Different Kind of Presidency: A Proposal for Breaking the Political Deadlock (1984)
  • Let the Word Go Forth: The Speeches, Statements and Writings of John F. Kennedy, 1947-1963 (1988)
  • Why I Am a Democrat (1996)
  • Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History (2008)