Bobby Kennedy

Bobby Kennedy

eBook - 2016
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Satchel comes an in-depth, vibrant, and measured biography about the most complex and controversial member of the Kennedy family. History remembers Robert F. Kennedy as a racial healer, a tribune for the poor, and the last progressive knight of a bygone era of American politics. But Kennedy's enshrinement in the liberal pantheon was actually the final stage of a journey that had its beginnings in the conservative 1950s. In Bobby Kennedy, Larry Tye peels away layers of myth and misconception to paint a complete portrait of this singularly fascinating figure. To capture the full arc of his subject's life, Tye draws on rare access granted to him by the Kennedy family, including unpublished memoirs, unreleased government files, and fifty-eight boxes of papers that had been under lock and key for the past forty years. He conducted hours of interviews with RFK intimates, including Bobby's widow, Ethel, his sister Jean, and his aide John Siegenthaler?many of whom have never spoken to another biographer. Tye's determination to sift through the tangle of often contradictory opinions means that Bobby Kennedy will stand as the definitive one-volume biography of a man much beloved, but just as often misunderstood. Bobby Kennedy's transformation from cold warrior to fiery liberal is a profoundly moving personal story that also offers a lens onto two of the most chaotic and confounding decades of twentieth-century American history. The first half of RFK's career underlines what the country was like in the era of Eisenhower, while his last years as a champion of the underclass reflect the seismic shifts wrought by the 1960s. Nurtured on the rightist orthodoxies of his dynasty-building father, Bobby Kennedy began his public life as counsel to the red-baiting senator Joseph McCarthy. He ended it with a noble campaign to unite working-class whites and poor blacks in an electoral coalition that seemed poised to redraw the face of presidential politics. Along the way, he turned up at the center of every event that mattered, from the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis to race riots and Vietnam. Bare-knuckle operative, cynical White House insider, romantic visionary?Bobby Kennedy was all of these things at one time or another, and each of these aspects of his personality emerges in the pages of this powerful and perceptive new biography. Advance praise for Bobby Kennedy "Robert Kennedy led one of the great unfinished lives in American history. With skill and verve, Larry Tye has written a fascinating account of a transformative figure who continues to summon us to heed our better angels even all these years distant." ?Jon Meacham, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power "Dreamy and calculating, joyful and sad, hard and soft, good and bad, Bobby Kennedy remains one of history's fascinating and elusive figures. In this fair, lively, and insightful biography, Larry Tye makes him real." ?Evan Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of Robert Kennedy: His Life and Being Nixon: A Man Divided "This is not just another Bobby Kennedy book. It is the definitive biography of one of America's most compelling political figures. Larry Tye has given us the complete Bobby, from the Bad (Early) Kennedy, from Joe McCarthy's committee counsel to 'ruthless' political manager to gentle, softhearted presidential candidate. Tye's book rests on prodigious and original research including rare, on-the-record interviews." ?Roger Mudd, winner of the Peabody Award and former co-anchor...
Publisher: [S.I.] : Random House Publishing Group, 2016.
ISBN: 9780679645207
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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spantell
Jul 25, 2018

I think this is well researched, with a lot of detail, but not well written. There is too much detail and the important information is lost in it. A shorter book that focused more on the important events and character traits would be preferable to me.

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xiaojunbpl12
May 15, 2018

My only read of a Kennedy biography, piqued by author’s eloquence at a CNN event, after I’d been more interested in learning about Bobby than Jack.
An impressive literature originated from superb journalism, quenched my thirst to know everything of that important era and the impact on later generations.
As much as I wanted to concur with author’s view on Bobby, “the Priest”, better President than Jack, “the Pope”, for the country, I don’t see the speculation more than a wishful thinking.

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StarGladiator
Feb 22, 2016

More propaganda on a dead fellow who isn't around to deny it - - that Cuban bullcrap has been disproven time and again as propaganda spewed forth by CIA-related sources. The wiretap on Dr. King was undertaken by the FBI, who it was ordered by has never been adequately proven, so one must go with J. Edgar Hoover until otherwise proven.
Beyound dispute is that the // girl with the polka dot dress \\ differently described by witnesses than the young college student blonde the LAPD/Ramparts police brought forward - - Valerie Schulte, with Schulte having an aunt and uncle who worked in the same classified section of Lockheed as the part-time security guard, Eugene Cesar, while Schulte's father worked on a contract with Lockheed at his job at the Technicolor Corporation, and the head of security at Lockheed was VP Nixon's former personal Secret Service bodyguardy, who would return to Nixon's presidential campaign after the murder of Bobby Kennedy.

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