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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture; Reprint edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597110795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597110792
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 12 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Collectively, the images capture the American spirit and historical moment. A truly engaging photo publication edited with great care and attention." -- Debra Klomp Ching --Photo District News

"The images feature back-of-house, rail-yard settings; eloquent, poignant details; and a compelling mixture of largely working-class Americans whose colorful clothing pinpoints the era and season... Devoid of pomp yet permeated with emotion, this tribute has a deeply inspiring impact." -- Douglas F. Smith --Library Journal

"The immediacy of these unforgettable photographs is partly due to the blurring in the images as the train moves on by recording a sense of time passing also. Picking out the faces you can't help but try to imagine their thoughts. The sheer humanity in Fusco's photographs places this work in the 'classic.'" -- Laura Noble --London Independent Photography

"Fusco describes his subjects as 'stunned into disbelief,' and Americans have rarely looked so touchingly vulnerable. It's heartbreaking to see how bewildered everyone was as hope slipped away. No wonder Fusco never put his camera down; he was witnessing the end of innocence." -- Vince Aletti --Photograph Magazine

"I think it's a book all the cynics should look at... We would all be well advised to take a step back and to think about why it might not be such a bad thing to re-introduce the greater good into politics, to stop thinking only in terms of the 'bottom line', and to not cynically dismiss the rare politician who actually manages to inspire. Those people lining the train tracks in RFK are proof of a hunger for more than just pandering and cheap pseudo-solutions for problems that are never really fully explained - and that hunger might now be stronger than ever." -- Jörg Colberg --Conscientious blog

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Charles Junkerman on September 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a profoundly moving book. Each photo is a revelation. I've never looked at individual photographs so long or seen so much in my life. A real experience.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Santucci on November 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was 14 when RFK was assassinated. Despite the fact I'm French and was living in Paris, I had followed all RFK's campaign since his announcement on March 16th, 1968. I had had grief after the Oregon primary, lost to Sen. Eugene McCarthy, yet high expectations for the California primary and of course the next stages. "Bobby" was the hope of a whole generation. There are no words to tell the unspeakable but he was a very respected man, one who could go everywhere in the U.S., including in Black ghettos and Indian reservations, thrilling audiences, moving people forward. Fusco's book successfully reports on the tragedy and trauma of RFK's assassination. Hundreds of thousands of people stood quietly, hand to heart, in the heat of that Spring to pay their respects to "a president who never was". It was one of those rare instances when a nation - and actually people from the whole world - comes together, when individuals from all horizons and backgrounds shared a respect for a leader whom, they believed, could have reconciled the whole country and put it back on track.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William G. on November 25, 2008
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These images resonate. Sadness and hope were two emotions I felt while examining the photos. Very well done and effective in capture the time and emotion of the nation following the assassination.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Maloney on June 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Of course, this is one of those cases where the subject of the book comes with all sorts preconceived notions, but the photography in this book will make you feel the loss and respect these people felt as if you were actually there. Excellent documentary photography.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Emmanuel Collin on April 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is beautiful, very sad and also full of hope.
It is a wonderful tribute to Bob Kennedy.
A must!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Frauenglas VINE VOICE on May 21, 2010
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RFK, by Paul Fusco (224 pgs., 1968, 1969, 2000, 2008). This is an incredibly moving, tear-inducing, very large coffee table sized photography book. Along with those photographs it contains a very moving tribute to Bobby Kennedy by his then sole surviving brother, Sen. Teddy Kennedy. It also contains very evocative essays by Norman Mailer, Evan Thomas & Vicki Goldberg.
The year of 2008 was the fortieth anniversary of the assassination of Senator Bobby Kennedy by the despicable non-human animal whose name will not pass my lips nor be written or typed by my fingers. May his name be erased from history. Sadly, he will always remain a footnote in history. Killers become famous merely for killing. That is one sad statement.
Fusco was asked to go through his photo files again for this anniversary & he came up with many never before published photos; especially of the people along the route of the funeral train carrying Bobby's body from NYC to Arlington Cemetery. The family photos of some of the Kennedy clan kneeling in grief inside St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC, were gut wrenching. Seeing a young Caroline & an even younger John, Jr., next to their Mom with such sad faces, just a mere five years after the assassination of their own father, is heartbreaking. The close ups of bystanders along the train route, saying their last goodbyes to Bobby are equally heart rending. Again, these photos illustrate how Bobby was the last major political figure to unite so many disparate elements in American society. His support cut across all racial & ethnic lines, all economic strata, all religious groups & even political divides which now seem set in stone. We are so much the worse because of his loss.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew T. Kiln on December 17, 2008
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All Pictures of R.F.K.'s last journey and the American people turning out
to say goodbye to a good guy.
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