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The Dark Side of Camelot (Wheeler Hardcover) Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Apr 1998
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From the Back Cover
JACK KENNEDY HAD IT ALL
And he used it all – his father's fortune, and his own beauty, wit, and power – with a heedless, reckless daring. There was no tomorrow, and there was no secret that money and charm could not hide.
In this groundbreaking book, award-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh shows us a John F. Kennedy we have never seen before, a man insulated from the normal consequences of behaviour long before he entered the White House. His father, Joe, set the pattern with an arrogance and cunning that have never fully been appreciated: Kennedys could do exactly what they wanted, and could evade any charge brought against them. Kennedys wrote their own moral code.
THE CONTROVERSIAL AMERICAN BESTSELLER--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Seymour Hersch is one of America’s premier investigative reporters. In 1969 he wrote the first account of the My Lai massacre in South Vietnam. In the 1970s he worked at the New York Times in Washington and New York. He has won more than a dozen major journalism prizes, including the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting and four George Polk Awards.--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Having watched the movie "J Edgar" which alluded to the power that the Director of the FBI had over JFK I revisited Seymour Hersh's book. It is a compelling story, the power of the Presidency compromised by the behaviour of the President. What I concluded was both JFK and Hoover chose to serve their own self interest above that of the nation. History has yet to adequately expose both of them, wisely they had loyal staff to destroy the incriminating files.
What Hersh does is to show what John Kennedy did. If you like prurient sexual scandal, did not know JFK had venereal disease, took drugs, habitually consorted with prostitutes, it is well documented. Equally he explains financial and electoral fraud, cohabitation with organised crime and the highest levels of corruption (the deal to dump the General Dynamics F111 - a rotten plane - on the Air Force).
What Hersh does not really explain is how he got away with it. Read the book and try and understand it for yourself. For me Kennedy was a man of his time, a privileged and arrogant risk taker. That was an age where men 'conquered' women and slapped them if they complained, they liked it that way and "no" meant "yes." People smoked between courses at the dinner table and every issue was either black or white. Winning was the American way, and you did not get in their way. What continues to puzzle me - even viewed from where we are now - was how the press corps were so compliant.Read more ›
The Kennedy's rise benefitted from the early TV age,and fully exploited it's power to dazzle an undiscerning and unconcerned electorate . This corrosive effect has persisted up to the recent eulogies for Ted's demise.
Their story is the story of modern political power - somehow the soap opera of their lives,filtered through an acquiescent press, plays out as an entertainment for the people,who seem unable and unwilling to recognise the abuses it conceals.
This book is a terrible unending litany of the family's corruption ,immorality,and cynicism - an indictment of the inequality and privilege which blights the land of the free.
The book is eminently readable,moving through the masses of evidence quickly and logically.
Attribution is slightly lackadaisical, but as everyone has a Kennedy story and the main protagonists are not around to complain, the reader has to judge for himself.
Strikingly,much of the evidence incriminates the witnesses,as though ,as in war,all seems fair in promoting the inexorable trajectory of the President.
All this just reinforces the strange truth of American political life -everything is seen and known,but nothing changes - the reality of western democracy.
Packed with information (a lot of bad stuff happened)this is recommended reading for anyone interested in the reality of modern power.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is filled with lies and fabrications. There's not a shred of truth in this and the so called documents are fraudulent documents of which have been exposed. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Dani Said
Book in excellent cocondition. arrived well within the specified time. Thank youPublished 12 months ago by Mrs Margaret Molloy
This SHOULD have been good to read, but it's so ponderous, and loaded with detail. You'd think that lots of research and detail would make great reading, but in this case, that... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Alex
I hope that this book will finally shift the myopic view that many still seem to have regarding many aspects of Camelot's court that has been propagated by those closest to the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Nicky Beet
Very thorough read. Considers all aspects of his political career/developmentPublished 24 months ago by Adam Wright