Nebraska Authors

Theodore Sorensen

AKA: Ted Sorensen, Theodore Chaikin Sorensen

Born 1928-05-08 Lincoln, NE (USA)

Died 2010-10-31
New York, NY (USA)

Adviser, speechwriter and confidante of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Ted Sorensen earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Nebraska. Sorensen also taught in the School of Politics at Harvard and practiced international corporate law. One-time chairman of the 20th Century Fund, Sorensen also wrote books and articles about the Kennedy White House, the Democratic Party and a memoir, Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History, 2009.

Ted Sorensen was the son of Nebraska Attorney General Christian A. Sorensen and brother of Nebraska Lt. Governor Philip C. Sorensen.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
New York, NY
Washington D.C.

Author Of

  • Nonfiction
  • Biography


Politics; Speeches; Essays; John F. Kennedy; Democratic Party


Bachelor of Arts Degree, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Bachelor of Laws Degree, College of Law, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE


Former Presidential Advisor for John F. Kennedy
Practices International Corporate Law
Chairman of the 20th Century Fund

Places Worked

Law Firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison


“150 Notable Nebraskans”, Number 10 on the Journal Star Sesquicentennial List of Significant Nebraskans
2009 National Humanities Medal


Speech writer for President Kennedy


Decision Making in the White House. 1963.
Kennedy. 1965.
The Kennedy Legacy. 1969.
Watchmen in the Night: Presidential Accountibility After Watergate. 1975.
A Different Kind of Presidency: A Proposal for Breaking the Political Deadlock. 1984.
A Widening Atlantic? Domestic Change and Foreign Policy. with Lord Ralf Dahrendorf, 1986.
Why I Am a Democrat. 1996.
Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History. 2009.

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