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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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I am a huge RFK fan, and this book details each period of his life, his responses in any given situation and the why of his responses. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jim Morrell
Wonderfully insightful. Having lived through this period, it was fascinating to understand the background to the decisions made by historical persons involved in this period. Read morePublished 1 month ago by lovebooks
This book has not arrived yet. I am not sure if I ordered the book or asked for it on my Kindle.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Arthur Schlesinger’s look at his friend Bobby Kennedy’s life is moving, well written and almost totally uncritical. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kevin M. Derby
"Bobby, we hardly knew ye!" Even almost fifty years after his death, it is still painful to think about Robert Kennedy might have accomplished as a US President( maybe even... Read morePublished 2 months ago by T. Washington