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Robert Kennedy [Paperback]

THOMAS EVAN
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16 Sep 2002
He was "Good Bobby," who, as his brother Ted eulogized him, "saw wrong and tried to right it . . . saw suffering and tried to heal it." And "Bad Bobby," the ruthless and manipulative bully of countless conspiracy theories. Thomas's unvarnished but sympathetic and fair-minded portrayal is packed with new details about Kennedy's early life and his behind-the-scenes machinations, including new revelations about the 1960 and 1968 presidential campaigns, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and his long struggles with J. Edgar Hoover and Lyndon Johnson.

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (16 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743203291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743203296
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 4.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By lovemurakami TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is one of the best books that I have ever read. Although flawed, Robert Kennedy at least attempted to alter the course of American politics in his lifetime. Often seen as the ruthless, Kennedy, Robert was in fact a reformer, fighting for black civil rights, the poor, campaigning against the gun lobby, equality for all, a fair health care system, etc.He served his country, brother and family loyally. He would have made an interesting and demanding president. This book needs to be read by everyone, I defy anyone not to enjoy it, and to be overwhelmed by the ending. I also think that if Simon and Schuster are listening, they need to have a print run in the UK and market it, I'm a bookseller and I would recommend to all!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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If anyone thought, like I did, that Arthur Schlesinger Jr's book, 'Robert Kennedy and His Times' was the best book on RFK in the 32 years since his death, then this is a must read.
Thomas does not pretend that RFK was without flaws but this is neither a hagiography nor a character assasination. Where others, past their writing prime (e.g. Seymour Hersch), have taken the easy option of using circumstantial evidence, hearsay and rumour to come to 'scandalous' conclusions and hence sell more books, Thomas deals with the facts objectively and allows the reader to draw their own conclusions. With interviews conducted in the 1990's (some as recent as last year) this is tantamount to an updated version of Schlesinger Jr's authoratative account. Much has come to light since 1978 (when Schlesinger Jr's book was first published) and Thomas includes this here. The author also appears to have had access to some of the people closest to RFK who are alive today, or at least who were alive until recently, and there are some new revelations in this book, which will be of interest to academics, historians and anyone with an interest in RFK alike.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant bio 22 April 2008
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This biography is absolutely brilliant! The author's style keeps the reader engaged throughout, and you get a true balanced picture of RFK, who was a great hero to many. Thomas doesn't judge and allows the reader to draw their own conclusions. I've read many biographies in my time, and this is certainly one of the best.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!!! 30 May 2010
By SLOU3
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I could not put this book down, once I started reading it. It provided a great insight into the political history of a great leader, who sacrificed so much for his family. It was well researched and well written and left me wanting to read more about the Kennedy family, but Robert in particular.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Great 17 Dec 2007
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This was a great read. I ordered it with the hope of widening my knowledge on RFK and his campaigns, policy and life as a whole. The author does a great job, combining information on RFK's personal life and childhood along with his political achievements and aims. I have no criticisms. It was well-researched, well-written, well-formatted. Just great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I dont often write book reviews so bear with me!

I felt compelled to write to help people decide to read this story - I'm not someone who follows or is interested in politics (lets face it who is these days!) but I watched the recent TV Drama with Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes as JFK and Jackie O, and I was amazed that I fell more for Bobby in the background than anything else.

The programme left me feeling that it was Bobby pulling the strings in the background, and the book merely reinforces that fact. It was easy to read, didnt go into too much jargon about the American Political system but aside of actual historical fact, looked at the complexity of his character, the enormous pressure he put himself under to protect JFK through his political career, the guilt he felt over his death over and how he was at heart a real family man.

I knew how the book was going to end, but it left you with a sinking feeling that his untimely assassination whilst trying to run for President, robbed the world of someone who might actually have been successful in making a difference. Some might say its all part of the Kennedy myth machine, but I would implore anyone to read it - I took it on holiday and it was nearly finished in 5 days.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What if? 1 April 2014
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An excellent,well researched and even handed account of Robert Kennedy's life. In a way it is remarkable - and it is a strength of the book- that the author remains so even handed. Robert Kennedy, in his early days, was a classic case of arrested development. His puerile behaviour (petulance, arrogance and incredibly rudeness) continued well into his adult years and when he was Attorney General. Some of his actions were almost criminally irresponsible- continuing to press for covert action against Castro after the Cuban missile crisis had brought the US and the Soviet Union close to war is perhaps the best example. It is not surprising that Robert Kennedy inspired hatred in so many of his opponents,not least LBJ. However, as he got older, and with his increasing focus on civil rights, Kennedy did mellow. Would he have made a good president? The author wisely remains neutral. On the negative side Robert Kennedy was not his brother, a born politician for good or bad, and there are hints that the presidency might have been a step too far and he might have proved ineffectual, aka Jimmy Carter. However, had he won he certainly would have tried to end the Vietnam war early than Nixon and promoted civil rights. And,many people would argue, anyone would have been better than tricky Dicky.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Kennedy
Probably the best biography I have read in recent years. Evan Thomas has a great flair for writing recent history. I was enthralled and saddened by his portrait of Robert Kennedy.
Published 7 months ago by I.Ll.Wms
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Brilliant book.

Easily readable, fascinating insights and clearly set out.

One of the most remarkable characters in American history, RFK is thoroughly... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Joe Ferreira
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling.
I'm drawn both to people who are a mass of contradictions but also to those driven, and RFK was both. Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2012 by Bluecashmere.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Biography
This is a really great biography, the best political biography I have ever read. It is a fair balanced review of the subject's life, neither over critical or over adulatory. Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2012 by J. Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I was prompted to read this book as many politicians give RFK as strong influence and a very fine book it is. It combines material from many sources into clear portrait of RFK. Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2011 by simons
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent portrait of a complex personality
Evan's biography of Robert "Bobby" Kennedy is a well-written and well-researched book that gives a fascinating portrait of the complex personality of the "little brother" of the... Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2011 by paheva
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