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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.
Dallek does an excellent job of presenting the crises, the difference of opinions among the advisors and JFK's response to the advice.
Author Robert Dallek organizes this book by identifying the issues that confronted President Kennedy and the advisors who collaborated with him in dealing with them.
It was very interesting to read about JFK and the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and his relationship with other politicians.
Ok thought be more in depth on back biting between members of staff together closer to JFK. Little disappointing.Published 3 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 4 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 4 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 5 months ago by James C. Saxon
Great for all Kennedy fans. Insightful. Puts you behind the scenes to understand what really happened! No myth-making. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Chris Brull
It was not quite as good as I had thought, but good enough and with enough information to make it worth while.Published 6 months ago by Suzanne Linton
This book approaches the Kennedy presidency through the Cabinet members and others who advised Kennedy, showing how he arrived at decisions ranging from possible detente with the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by C. Peterson
The historian Robert Dallek has written a wonderful history of the Kennedy administration. The book focuses mostly on the people around JFK rather than simply on the President... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Christopher J. Martin
Very thorough and fair, Dallek really knows how to give his reader a front row seat. The level of detail is astonishing.Published 8 months ago by Matt