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When I Think of Bobby: A Personal Memoir of the Kennedy Years Paperback – June 1, 1994
From Kirkus Reviews
On the 25th anniversary of Robert Kennedy's death, syndicated columnist Rogers--an old friend of the Kennedys--offers a fond, adulatory remembrance of RFK as family man. Rogers makes clear that his memoir is a ``love story''-- written with the cooperation of the Kennedy family--in which he declines to address the many sensationalized allegations that journalists have made against the family (although he gently asserts that RFK's alleged affair with Marilyn Monroe did not occur). Instead, the author tries ``to capture the essence of the character, curiosity, wit, honesty, and love of family that propelled a remarkable man.'' Rogers vividly depicts a deeply religious man, profoundly devoted to his country, wife, and many children. Through many anecdotes--some genuinely amusing (a particularly ludicrous image is of dignified historian Arthur Schlesinger, in dark suit and bow tie, being ``catapulted'' into a pool at a Kennedy party)--Rogers draws a crazy-quilt picture of the chaotic family home at Hickory Hill, Virginia, headed by doting parents, filled with rambunctious small children and exotic animals, frequented by the distinguished, and animated by an endless passion for excellence. There's little discussion here of RFK as public man, except for Rogers's certainty that, had he lived, Kennedy would have been elected President in 1968 and would have profoundly altered the course of recent American history. Rogers also presents the human side of Kennedy's rivalry with Teamster president Jimmy Hoffa, showing the two to be strangely similar in many ways, but he doesn't probe into the ways that Kennedy, as as attorney general, pursued organized crime. Though generally lighthearted, the narrative takes melancholy turns with its account of RFK's severe depression after hearing of his brother's death, and with the author's eyewitness description of Kennedy's assassination after winning the 1968 California primary. A simple, affecting tribute, genuinely sentimental without descending into mawkishness. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The younger brother of Jack Kennedy, Robert has run his brother's successful campaigns, been an effective Attorney General, and US Senator.
Rogers friendship with Kennedy allowed him to have full access to the man on the move as he ran for President in his own right. Rogers hoped to write the definitive book of that year's campaign, but ends up he wrote a short tribute because Sirhan Sirhan killed Kennedy minutes after accepting the California nomination win. The most riveting chapter is how Rogers came literally nose to nose with the assassin fight the weapon out of his hand.
This book When I Think of Bobby: A Personal Memoir of the Kennedy Years by Warren Rogers share insight and humanizes this American legend Robert Kennedy, a fitting tribute to this Kennedy who embodied the spirit of public service.