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Robert Kennedy: His Life Paperback – September 10, 2002
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- Publisher : Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (September 10, 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 512 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0743203291
- ISBN-13 : 978-0743203296
- Item Weight : 0.035 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.13 x 1.4 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #290,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Robert Kennedy was NOT afraid of anything and if he was you would never know because he stepped up whenever and wherever it was needed. He was tough but very tender to his children. He took time with them and explained as his own parents had that they were very fortunate and it was important for them to "give back." As a senator he went to Alabama or Mississippi and saw this child with a distended belly "because he was hunger," and told them that was not their case. I remember seeing that because their was a camera man their and he caressed the child's face. That was "real" and everyone knew it.
The one thing will we never know is how much good he could have done the country. How would the world now be if Robert Kennedy had not been murdered? It was a sad time and time when that happened and I know I will never forget him and what he stood for. Reading this is a must if you want to know Robert Kennedy!
His life was paradoxical. He was hated by some, being a staffer for the Red-baiter, Joseph McCarthy, and so-called liberals would not let his work for McCarthy be forgotten. "Ruthless" was the adjective given early on, as his bigger brother's hatchet man during the 1960 Presidential campaign and during the 1,000 days of Camelot. But during this time, his association with McCarthy was forgiven as Kennedy's compassion for those less fortunate than him came to the forefront.
Biographer Thomas has written engaging and readable biographies of D.C legendary attorney, Edward Bennett Williams and some of the shapers of the post war world (The Wise Men). His style is very readable, with sufficient detail to give texture to the story without being too bogged down in detail as to make the book move too slowly.
Some reviewers criticize this work for not being able to explain away all of the paradoxical inconsistencies of Robert Kennedy. I think this expects too much of anyone. How can any person know all that makes a person tick? Any thoughtful individual should be expected to grow and to evolve (God help us all if this were not so). Contradictions abound in him, like in most of us.
By book's end, I did not have answers to all of the questions about Robert Kennedy. I did, however have a better feel for his years in power as well as a bit better understanding of the turbulent first two-thirds of the 1960's. As another reviewer noted, Robert Kennedy had a significant role to play in the seminal events experienced in the United States during this era. His fingerprints were to be found on decisions related to the Bay of Pigs, the zenith of the Civil Rights Movement, the Red Scare, labor relations and organized crime. He was there and impacting each of these. This balanced assessment of his role in these events is certainly enough for me to find this worthwhile.
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Can't get enough books on the kennedy family and this one is up there as the best.
What an amazing, scary, important time the 1960s were in regard to equality and diversity and world events
Thank you, the kennedy brothers for getting mankind through them
Kennedy was not a natural politician, but had been forced by tragedy to assume the mantle of his brother's legacy and take a leading role in the Democratic Party, and at the time of his death was inspiring crowds and winning votes. He may not have been the nominee in 1968, but his assassination robbed American politics of an influential figure, and left forever, one of the great what ifs.
The book itself is well-written and informative, if a little sympathetic to its subject. Overall, a very good biography.