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He was brave because he was afraid. His monsters were too large and close at hand to simply flee. He had to turn and fight them.... He became a one-man underground, honeycombed with hidden passages, speaking in code, trusting no one completely, ready to face the firing squad--but also knowing when to slip away to fight again another day. Although he affected simplicity and directness, he became an extraordinarily complicated and subtle man. His shaking hands and reedy voice, his groping for words as well as meaning, his occasional resort to subterfuge, do not diminish his daring. Precisely because he was fearful and self-doubting, his story is an epic of courage.
RFK was born after the chosen siblings had been established in the Kennedy clan. He originally had low standing in the family hierarchy. Evans describes how the "runt" of the family, the one not born and raised for power and whose only ambition was to please the father who ignored him, turned into the essential son, the defender of the family and mediator between Joe Sr. and JFK. He fleshes out Bobby's role in JFK's campaigns, his testy relations with Martin Luther King, his middle-ground stance on integration, his performance during the Cuban missile crisis, and his genuine concern for the poor. He reveals the truth behind such events as the vice-presidential appointment of Lyndon Johnson as well as the famous calls from the Kennedy brothers, which got Martin Luther King out of jail. He also tries to untangle the webs obscuring the Kennedys' involvement in Castro assassination plots, their relations with Marilyn Monroe, and RFK's guilt over his brother's death. And finally, he, too, speculates on what kind of president one of history's great what-ifs might have made. The picture he paints--of a sensitive, courageous, and determined man on the verge of achieving greatness--is more complex and human than any we've had before, and reminds us again of the tragedy of his death. --Lesley Reed --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I was very young when Bobby was alive and he made a huge impact on my thinking. As a 14 year old I took a bus to see him when he came to our city while running for Senator from New... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Susie Q
RFK was my political idol growing up. I was an 11th grader when he was shot right after winning the California primary. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mr D
I had never been a big fan of the Kennedys. Then I heard two of Bobby's speeches: the Day of Affirmation and the death of Dr King. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael Zucker
The book filled in the blanks for me with regard to RFK's personality. There was some speculation on Mr. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nats312
Robert Kennedy: His Life was an excellent book to read. I enjoyed it more than Robert F. Kennedy and His Times because Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rhona A. Blackwell-Ready