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Robert Kennedy and His Times Paperback – June 3, 2002
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His few years after JFK's assassination -- 1963-68 -- were years of profound changes in Bobby. Previously characterized as ruthless and opportunist, he seemed after his brother's death to also become a more compassionate and tender public figure. Though many bitterly criticized his entry into the presidential race in 1968 -- after Eugene McCarthy's single-issue anti-war challenge had forced LBJ's withdrawal -- Bobby won back most of liberal America in a few short months of campaigning, and was on his way to win the Democratic nomination when assassinated -- the night of his victory the California primary. Schlesinger was up close during this time, and sheds light on this extraordinary transformation with rationality, perspective and great care. Beyond being Bobby's friend, Schlesinger is at the same time truly a scholar. His scholarship allows his book to systematically present an extraordinary number of quotations by the major players in Kennedy's life in those years. It is thoroughly referenced, with good notes. Beyond that, the quotations add great dimension to the portrait of a great man moving through private and public transformation.
The book deals with his fights in the McCarthy era; his fights with Hoffa and other organized crime figures; the Cuban crises, and so on. The book seems compartmentalized, in this respect, and may have read better if it had been written in a chronological type order. Nevertheless, the book is exceptional. I think Arthur Schlesinger writes objectively and I disagree that the book is written in a worship style. For my purposes, once the book gets to the part where RFK joins his brother in the administration, the book really takes off.
After reading this book, you realize what a loss the world is without a human like RFK.
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Actually too detailed. Especially concerning his work with Sen. Jos. McCarthy. Read more like a history bookPublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
A really good read . My only criticism is that it ended abruptly.Published 11 months ago by Michael Lill
Great detailed blow by blow of RFKs life ... not revisionist or hostile, but not Camelot either ... John Lennon and Bobby Kennedy were my heros growing up but bullets took them... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mr D
Disappointed in the quality of the book. I though I was getting a book that was in good shape. Instead I got a book that the back binding was partially detached, it smelled like... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jim Diciccio
If you're interested in the life of Robert F. Kennedy, then you'll love this book. I literally could not put it down once I started. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gerard W. Harrington
Robust and action packed. Mr.Kennedy seem to always have the best interest of America on his agenda.
A devoted husband and father. Well written
This is an excellent RFK bio, with tremendous detail and a unique perspective given the author's personal friendship with RFK and his position in the Kennedy administration. Read morePublished 18 months ago by James Robert Irving