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5.0 out of 5 stars
Gripping, factual, non-sensational, insightful and revealing, 25 Oct 2000
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.