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“Dallek’s portraits of advisers including Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and Walt Rostow are lapidary, and it is difficult to quarrel with his judgments.” (The New York Times Book Review)
“Dallek is an assiduous digger into archives. . . . The story of how a glamorous but green young president struggled with conflicting and often bad advice while trying to avoid nuclear Armageddon remains a gripping and cautionary tale of the loneliness of command.” (Evan Thomas, The Washington Post)
“Think The Best and the Brightest meets Team of Rivals. . . . Dallek is one of the deans of presidential scholarship.” (Beverly Gage, The Nation)
“Dallek brings us closer to the complexity and the humanity of Kennedy’s geopolitics, and helps us grasp the uncertainties he and his men faced in an abbreviated presidency.” (USA Today)
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In his acclaimed biography of JFK, Robert Dallek revealed Kennedy, the man and the leader, as never before. In Camelot's Court, he takes an insider's look at the brain trust whose contributions to the successes and failures of Kennedy's administration were indelible.
Kennedy purposefully assembled a dynamic team of advisers noted for their brilliance and acumen, among them Attorney General Robert Kennedy, his "adviser-in-chief"; Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara; Secretary of State Dean Rusk; National Security Adviser McGeorge Bundy; and trusted aides Ted Sorensen and Arthur Schlesinger. Yet the very traits these men shared also created sharp divisions. Far from unified, JFK's administration was an uneasy band of rivals whose personal ambitions and clashing beliefs ignited fiery debates behind closed doors.
With skill and balance, Dallek details the contentious and critical issues of Kennedy's years in office, including the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, civil rights, and Vietnam. He illuminates a president who believed deeply in surrounding himself with the best and the brightest, yet who often found himself disappointed in their recommendations. The result is a striking portrait of a leader whose wise resistance to pressure and adherence to personal principles, particularly in matters of foreign affairs, offer a cautionary tale for our own time.
Meticulously researched and masterfully written, Camelot's Court is an intimate tour of a tumultuous White House and a new portrait of the men whose powerful influence shaped the Kennedy legacy.See all Editorial Reviews
It's amazing how, a half-century after the assassination, there's more information to be mined from one of the briefest administrations in history.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great Book easy to read
Detail superb of inner working of Kennedy administration
Very enjoyable book. Great insight into the Kennedy administration. Telling example concerning the impact of experts with differing views on the same subjects.Published 5 months ago by James
This book is a fascinating look inside the Kennedy administration. It focuses on the extraordinary interplay between the President and his all star team of advisers. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michael Lapelosa
I have read uncountable books on President Kennedy but learned a lot of new, behind the scenes information during the crisis periods about the individuals involved and how... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tom Cobb
Ok thought be more in depth on back biting between members of staff together closer to JFK. Little disappointing.Published 11 months ago by Bruce D.
I was a young man in the 60's enamored with the Kennedy aura. All the names in the book were very familiar to me so it was interesting to read about the parts they played. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Metman
Good but repetitive of his earlier work and of work on the Kennedy presidency. Good behind the scenes pictures though.Published 13 months ago by Erwin Hargrove
Needed more editing. One has the impression Mr. Dallek doesn't proof everything his assistants provide. Still, the work is very good.Published 13 months ago by James C. Saxon