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Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 8, 2007
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Starred Review. Those looking for new insight into John F. Kennedy's presidency will want to read this meticulously researched chronicle. Talbot, the journalist-founder of online newsmagazine Salon, sticks to the facts, starting with a timeline of then-attorney general Bobby Kennedy's actions on Nov. 22, 1963, the day his brother, the president, was killed. Immediately suspicious of the CIA, the Mafia and the Cuban exiles they're involved with, Bobby made it his mission to expose this "shadowy nexus"; much of the book concerns the Kennedy brothers' relationships with members of those factions as they dig for the truth. Talbot profiles friends and enemies, taking readers into JFK's strained work with Pentagon officials who famously pressured him to take a chance on the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion. Later chapters deal with the aftermath of JFK's, and then RFK's, assassinations, and the final chapter contains Talbot's incisive conclusions on those momentous years. Talbot's only weakness is in covering too much-with more than 150 original interviews, Talbot is forced to move too quickly from event to event, making his numerous characters hard to keep straight. Still, it's an admirable feat of reporting, and one that will spark conversation among conspiracy theorists, historians and others who lived through the Kennedy era.
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Although the literature about the assassination of John F. Kennedy could fill a decent-sized library, Talbot, founder of salon.com, proves there's always more to say. His book purports to reveal new information (based on interviews with more than 150 insiders and experts) about the Kennedy presidency, but its real appeal is its casting of Bobby Kennedy as "America's first assassination conspiracy theorist." According to Talbot, from the moment he heard about his brother's murder, Bobby believed it was the culmination of an elaborate plot involving Cuban exiles, organized crime, and elements of the CIA, and he never stopped trying to expose the plotters. By focusing on Bobby's quest for justice, Talbot avoids most of the pitfalls of the who-killed-Kennedy books. Rather than asking us to believe a conspiracy theory, he simply asks us to understand what Bobby believed and why he believed it. The book also explores Bobby's own political career and makes a good case that he was murdered by the same people who killed JFK. A persuasively written, substantive addition to the Kennedy collection. Pitt, David --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book does not show the bias one would expect, I found it to be balanced. While it was favorable to JFK it didn't ignore or gloss over the weaknesses of the late John F. Kennedy or his younger brother Robert.
I found a lot of the information that came from the people close to RFK to be very interesting! Particularly the limited, arms-length investigating that Robert Kennedy did about his brother's murder. You get the sense that he and particularly Walter Sheridan figured out a lot of the details in time.
JFK, despite his shortcomings was a much better President than commonly known. He bucked the power -hungry, cold warrior crowd and saw the C.I.A. for what it was, an uncontrolled, insubordinate band of rogues. His relationship with some of the Joint Chiefs was not much better. To his credit, JFK stood his ground. There are a lot of details about power struggles in this book. A shocker for me was the extreme ideology that kept the Cold War alive for so long!
Having read many books on the JFK assassination over the years, this book confirms a lot of details and adds a few more.
One of the very bizarre stories is the alleged meeting between Jimmy Hoffa and RFK at a remote location. Stranger things have happened.
Another interesting area was the testimony of former C.I.A. man John Whitten before the House Select Committee on Assassinations.
Overall a very comprehensive book on the JFK assassination and how it affected his bother and those that worked for both. Highly recommended!
Having some senior-level government experience, I know, first-hand that what we are told in the media, about anything, is hardly the whole truth and nothing but the truth. This book, sadly,increased my level of mistrust of the media and our government's willingness to not trust us with the truth on just about anything ... which now seems to the culture and modus operandi at every level of government.