November 27th, 2007
02:20 PM ET
10 years ago

Kennedy gets big payout for book deal

Kennedy is set for a big payout.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Ted Kennedy, who first entered the Senate as a 30-year-old in 1962, has signed a major book deal to publish his memoirs.

Hachette Book Group USA is reportedly paying the senior senator from Massachusetts more than $8 million to a pen a book detailing his life - one of the highest payouts in history, according to the Boston Globe.

In a statement announcing the deal, Hachette CEO David Young said the 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," Young added. "We are honored to be Sen. Kennedy's publisher and are certain that multitudes of readers around the world share our eagerness to read his story."

Kennedy said the book will be comprised of recent reflections on his personal memories.

"I hope my reflections can contribute to a deeper understanding of many events in the history of this great country and to a more in-depth picture of an American family," Kennedy said in a statement.

Neither Kennedy's office nor his agent would confirm how much the senator is being paid, but Kennedy spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter told CNN, “A large portion of the proceeds will be given to charity, including the JFK library where he will place his papers.”

The memoir is expected to hit bookshelves in the fall of 2010.

- CNN's Alexander Mooney and Dugald McConnell

Filed under: Ted Kennedy
soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. David, Temple, Texas

    Oh please....Will Ted finally tell us about the car, the girl, the river and the "cover up" from years gone by? Or how that has kept him from ever running for President? He's lucky that CNN did not come along till 40 years later! Oh, and by the way, we won't be buying the book! We have nothing to learn or gain from Ted Kennedy.

    November 27, 2007 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  2. Roger, Miami, FL

    Send your email of interest to Ted's publisher! I am sure they will want to hear how many copies of his "GREAT AMERICAN STORY" you want.

    November 27, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  3. Will (Miami Fl)

    Ted's publisher. Email them and tell them how many copies you want!

    November 27, 2007 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  4. mike, coarsegold, cal

    Why would anyone read a book from a murderer like ted kennedy?

    November 28, 2007 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  5. liar liar iraq´s on fire ny ny

    What hatred! and you call yourselves human beings?
    It must be from the repugs compassionate rotten conservative upbringing, what a shame you are to the rest of us.
    Remember:what goes around, comes around and all you haters, will burn in hell if satan would want you, doubt it.

    November 28, 2007 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  6. HH, Pittsburgh, PA

    This man is a scum-bucket and living proof that evil prevails in this world.

    November 28, 2007 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  7. Claudette, TX

    Too bad Teddy didn't write his book before now. OJ could have used the information.

    Does Mary Jo's family get to keep the money from this book like the Goldman's and OJ's book? THEY SHOULD.

    November 28, 2007 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  8. Darrel Schmidt, Iowa

    If Ted Kennedy is the Most Cherished Democrat in American History? That would shed a dim light on the rest of the party
    Independant from Iowa

    November 28, 2007 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. Eric, from THE Republic of Texas

    Ted Kennedy's memoir...

    Brought to you by the good folks at Chivas Regal, Oldsmobile and the Kopechne family.

    November 28, 2007 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. Daniel, Minneapolis MN

    I hear everyone windlessly going on about Ted Kennedy and all the bad he has done. He has done more for the common man than most republicans combined. Get a grip people, I know you're upset that you're losing power in the nation...but it is natural, the American people are ready for a change.

    November 28, 2007 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. josh

    So... I uh... had a cocktail uh... then I crashed the car... uh.. swam to shore... uh... and had another cocktail uh... THE END.

    November 28, 2007 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
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