The New York Times has obtained an advance copy of Edward M. Kennedy's memoir, and it reports this evening that the late senator expresses deep remorse about the 1969 car accident that claimed the life of Mary Jo Kopechne.
Writing in his book "True Compass," which is scheduled to be published on Sept. 14, the late senator describes his actions as "inexcusable" and said that at the time he was afraid, overwhelmed, "and made terrible decisions," according to the Times account.
"Atonement is a process that never ends," writes Kennedy, who died a week ago.
According to the Times, Kennedy also writes about his brothers' assassinations and says he accepted the findings of the Warren Commission on John F. Kennedy's killing. Click here to read the Times account.
The memoir was originally scheduled to be published next year, but its publication recently moved up during Kennedy's illness.
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