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Robert F. Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary Hardcover – February 27, 2008
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"Meticulous research presented as straightforward scholarship takes a reader through a roller coaster time in the U.S. generally and Indiana specifically....The book touches on the full scope of the campaign, including the other contenders: Indiana Gov. Roger D. Branigan, Eugene McCarthy and Hubert Humphrey. Well worth reading." Rita Kohn, Nuvo
"This book is a must-read for anyone interested in presidential politics." ―Indiana Magazine of History
"Boomhower offers a compelling look at a brief few weeks in 1968 when Hoosiers found themselves at the center of a dynamic struggle over a Presidential nomination and the future direction of our nation. Along the way, he gives readers insight into the tensions, tragedy and emotions of a singular moment―Senator Robert Kennedy's remarks in Indianapolis just hours after Dr. Martin Luther King had been shot―and provides a deeper understanding of one of the more significant events in our nation's long, contentious civil rights journey." ―Evan Bayh, former U.S. Senator
"Well-written and handsomely packaged in the style of Kennedy's campaign flyers, Robert F. Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary will likely stand as the definitive historical account of that contest.... this book is a solid scholarly contribution to the continued debate over the significance of Kennedy's presidential candidacy..." ―Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Winter 2008
"You do not have to be from Indiana to read this book. Insights on politics and electioneering in the United States abound." ―William Doherty, H-Net Reviews
"Boomhower's account of the 1968 Indiana primary is a highly readable monograph that contextualizes the campaign quite well.... The book is a valuable contribution to RFK scholarship and sheds new light on the inner workings of one of Kennedy's most important political endeavors." ―Presidential Studies Quarterly
"A first-rate book: well-researched, balanced, weaving a compelling narrative of an inspiring American and an idealistic time." ―Lee H. Hamilton, former U.S. Representative and author of How Congress Works and Why You Should Care
"Boomhower's book provides a good account of the Indiana primary, an account that is at its best as history. It makes very good use of archival materials, blending primary and secondary sources into a compelling narrative. The narrative itself is rich with detail and deepens our understanding of several key aspects of the campaign." ―Rhetoric and Public Affairs
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"A first-rate book: well-researched, balanced, weaving a compelling narrative of an inspiring American and an idealistic time." --Lee H. Hamilton, former U.S. Representative and author of How Congress Works and Why You Should Care
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A native of Mishawaka, Indiana, Boomhower graduated from Indiana University in 1982 with degrees in journalism and political science. He received his master's degree in U.S. history from Indiana University, Indianapolis, in 1995. Before joining the Society staff, he worked in public relations for the Indiana State Museum and as a reporter for two Indiana daily newspapers, the Rensselaer Republican and the Anderson Herald.
In 1999 Boomhower received the Hoosier Historian award from the Indiana Historical Society. His book on Robert F. Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Democratic presidential primary won the 2009 Best Books of Indiana competition in the nonfiction category sponsored by the Indiana Center for the Book, and his other works have been finalists in the annual Benjamin Franklin Awards from the Independent Book Publishers Association. In 2010 he was named as the winner of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award in the regional category.
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The book begins with the beautiful landmark for peace in Indianapolis which many people do not know exists. Questions about the Vietnam war and the dissent in the Democratic party seem to suggest the incumbent may not be welcome to return. Eugene McCarthy initially kindles the flame, but Kennedy stirs a fire. By the time the Indiana primary arrives, Lyndon Johnson announces he will not seek another term. Poverty, war, and race are the spotlight issues of the campaign. But the book is centered on what may be Robert Kennedy's finest moment. Speaking in an African-American neighborhood in the hours after Martin Luther King's assassination, Kennedy made his legacy of peace evident.
Being before my time, it was interesting to see some of the landmarks of my home state appear throughout the story. It adds to the book that members of my family also remember the events and speeches of this primary. For those interested in Robert F. Kennedy, this book focuses on a small but important aspect of his life. On the other hand, it says a great deal more about him than many 400 page books.
Not entirely, as Ray E. Boomhower demonstrates in “RFK and the 1968 Indiana Primary.”
Hoping to seize the presidential torch from his late brother, in the early months of 1968, Bobby Kennedy had to decide whether he should run for the nation’s highest office. There were many variables involved, most notably the stalled campaign of the sitting president, LBJ, and the rise of the anti-war candidate, Senator Eugene McCarthy.
Indiana, Boomhower explains, was not be easy for RFK to win, given the state’s conservative bent if he captured it, however, his campaign for the party’s nomination would be hard to beat. His journey included plenty of twists and turns (the death of MLK and RFK’s memorable speech), which the author seamlessly integrates into the narrative.
“RFK and the 1968 Indiana Primary” is a well-written study about a previously neglected subject. For those who are interested in learning something new about the Kennedys, I recommend it.
DISCLOSURE: I received a free copy of this book from the author.
You'll find stories and accounts about this particular primary that are not found elsewhere. The book deservers its place among the other great books that cover the '68 campaign of Bobby Kennedy.
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I'm a total Kennedy girl! I've read just about every book on Bobby and this one is pretty good. Interesting part of his life for sure.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great microcosm of the 1968 Democratic Party Presidential race.Published 8 months ago by David Rosenblatt
I remember the RFK campaign well. I was a Sophomore in High School and it was the first national campaign that I followed closely. Read morePublished on August 6, 2013 by 70Bill
Fabulous book....Bobby Kennedy began his Presidential campaign on a wing and a prayer...he is evolving as a candidate as his Indiana campaign evolves from basically nothing. Read morePublished on December 8, 2009 by Mickey Mantle