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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.
My son, the history teacher, loved getting this as a gift! I might have to borrow it myself!
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Great read. Give very good insight into a man most people think of as just a follow on to his older brother. Read morePublished 9 days ago by WIlliam Whitmire
Bobby is the great enigma of the Kennedy clan. Was he ruthless or compassionate? If he was a liberal, how could he approve covert assassinations and wire taps? Read morePublished 21 days ago by Susan A. Freel
This is a very good biography about Kennedy. If you want to understand him, his actions and his personality you should read this book.Published 2 months ago by Pedro Cáceres E.
Love reading Evan Thomas' books. Well researched and easy to read. This one is no exception. Bobby was a great asset to Jack, but lived a troubled life trying to find his place. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mike McCreight
An excellent balanced look at the life of an intriguing person. The analysis of the different stages of his life and development of his political and personal philosophy was well... Read morePublished 5 months ago by James E. Wrigley
This is one of my all time favorite books. Evan Thomas delivers a compelling view into both the public and the private Robert Kennedy, exploring his key drivers and passions. Read morePublished 12 months ago by CollinsAtl
I bought this book for my 84 year old mother as a gift, and she liked it very much and would suggest it to others. I plan to read it myself at a later time.Published 13 months ago by Tim Winn
A tortuous book, but this is journalism at it's finest. The characters -- JFK, RFK, J. Edgar Hoover, Castro, Jackie, Ethel and all the Kennedy clan -- and the times, the 50's and... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mary K Acheson