"Good evening, my fellow citizens. This government has promised, has maintained the closest surveillance of the Soviet military build-up on the island of Cuba."
That's former president John F. Kennedy, speaking to the American people on October 22nd, 1962. The speech was drafted by Ted Sorensen, JFK's special counsel, speechwriter and close political advisor.
In a new memoir, Sorensen recounts that and many other experiences advising JFK during some of the most dramatic moments of American history. It's called "Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History." He joins us to talk about his book.
This program aired on May 5, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.