THE STORY: By late summer, 1964, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy was a deeply wounded man. Still in shock and consumed with grief and guilt over the assassination of his older brother, President John F. Kennedy, on November 22nd, 1963 in Dallas,
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and the Dark Side of the Dream
Author: Jerry Oppenheimer
Pubpsher: St. Martin's Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
From New York Times bestselling author Jerry Oppenheimer comes a sensational biography of the son of the legendary Senator and troubled standard bearer of America's most fabled political dynasty. Robert F. Kenned Jr. inherited his assassinated father's piercing blue eyes and Brahmin style, earning a reputation as the nation's foremost environmental activist and lawyer - the "toxic avenger" - battling corporate polluters. But in this, the most revelatory portrait ever of a Kennedy, Oppenheimer places Bobby Jr., leader of the third generation of America's royal family, under a journalistic microscope.Based on scores of exclusive, candid on-the-record interviews, public and private records, and correspondence, Jerry Oppenheimer paints a balanced, objective portrait of this virtually unaccounted-for scion of the Kennedy dynasty. Like his slain father, the iconic senator and presidential hopeful, RFK Jr. was destined for political greatness. Why it never happened is revealed in this first-ever biography of him.
Release on 2018-05-01 | by Robert F. Kennedy,C. Richard Allen,Edwin O. Guthman
His Words for Our Times
Author: Robert F. Kennedy,C. Richard Allen,Edwin O. Guthman
In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Robert Francis Kennedy’s death, an inspiring collection of his most famous speeches accompanied by commentary from notable historians and public figures. Twenty-five years after Bobby Kennedy was assassinated, RFK: His Words for Our Times, a celebration of Kennedy’s life and legacy, was published to enormous acclaim. Now, a quarter century later, this classic volume has been thoroughly edited and updated. Through his own words we get a direct and intimate perspective on Kennedy’s views on civil rights, social justice, the war in Vietnam, foreign policy, the desirability of peace, the need to eliminate poverty, and the role of hope in American politics. Here, too, is evidence of the impact of those he knew and worked with, including his brother John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Cesar Chavez, among others. The tightly curated collection also includes commentary about RFK’s legacy from major historians and public figures, among them Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Eric Garcetti, William Manchester, Elie Wiesel, and Desmond Tutu. Assembled with the full cooperation of the Kennedy family, RFK: His Words for Our Times is a potent reminder of Robert Kennedy’s ability to imagine a greater America—a faith and vision we could use today.
Some say Bobby Kennedy would never have become famous if not for JFK, his charismatic brother. Others claim Papa Joe's millions greased the skids for all Kennedy political bids.... RFK died in June 1968, in the midst of a turmoiled presidential election. The controversial sibling of a slain leader, and the head of Democratic opposition to the polarizing president, Lyndon Johnson, RFK perished at his apogee, after winning the California primary, seemingly unstoppably destined for the Democratic nomination. He died during a cruel year marred by corpses of American young men littering Vietnam, and black militants' unrest roiling the U.S. Yet these issues of peace -- in Vietnam and the streets of America -- were his stepping stones toward the presidency. For his candidacy advocated helping the poor, the discriminated against, and those whom the Pentagon tabbed to fight in its place. After RFK's assassination, the war still raged. Watergate would follow. Could a second President Kennedy have prevented those calamities? Could he have extricated America from its foreign quagmire, strengthened civil rights, provided more aid to the unfortunate, and shunned illegal political acts? Delve into this book, and judge: for the past is immutable, but not the future.
Who was Bob Kennedy? Rebel? Patrician? Liberal? Joe McCarthy apologist, Jack Kennedy’s attack dog, or a misunderstood man who quoted Aeschylus and Shakespeare? As Winston Churchill said of the Soviet Union, RFK was a riddle wrapped in an enigma. Many who thought they understood him knew but one side of him. He could be ruthless, yet kind. He championed the underprivileged, yet criticized the welfare state. He attacked Lyndon Johnson’s relentless prosecution of the Vietnam War, though when asked to oppose the administration in 1968 primaries, he initially declined—fearing to become the first Kennedy to lose an election. “Bobby” Kennedy dogged his adversaries, including Jimmy Hoffa and anyone running against Jack Kennedy. Nonetheless, this youthful aristocrat pushed himself to the limits of endurance with fifty-mile hikes, whitewater kayaking in rock-ridden rivers, and, in his first effort at mountain climbing, scaling the enormous peak named for his late brother. Perhaps the “bad” Bobby died on the same day President Kennedy did—or so RFK’s admirers might aver. And maybe, had RFK become president, he may have sought to alleviate the plight of the poor, Indians, and blacks. But a bullet prevented any chance of a second Kennedy presidency.
My book will involve my personal experience working with the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Working as part of the advance team that preceded his appearances in Southern California this book will detail my effort to prevent RFK’s assasination. My singing group, THE SOUNDS OF TIME, chosen by Mrs. Ethel Kennedy warmed up the crowds and we spent many hours before RFK appeared. RFK68 is the title of the book and it will detail what occured both before and after Sen. Kennedy’s appearance at the Ambassador Hotel. My birthday is on June 5th which is what the book is all about. That day is the day Sen. Kennedy was targeted. This is a never before seen communication and will outline the mistakes made by security guards and even people who staffed the campaign in Los Angeles.
Release on 2008-10-17 | by Nicholas deB Katzenbach
Author: Nicholas deB Katzenbach
Pubpsher: W. W. Norton & Company
Category: Biography & Autobiography
A lively, intimate memoir that vividly recalls the idealism of the Kennedy administration. As deputy attorney general under Bobby Kennedy and then attorney general and under secretary of state for Lyndon Johnson, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach offers a unique perspective on the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other issues of the day. In this engaging memoir, by turns intensely dramatic and charmingly matter-of-fact, we are treated to a ringside seat for Katzenbach's confrontation with segregationist governor George C. Wallace over the integration of the University of Alabama, his efforts to steer the Civil Rights Act of 1964 through Congress, and then his transition to the State Department, where he served at the center of the storm over Vietnam. In the political climate of this election season, Some of It Was Fun provides a refreshing reminder of the hopes and struggles of an earlier era, speaking both to readers who came of age in the 1960s and to a generation of young people looking to that period for political inspiration.
“An absorbing and vividly written study of a gallant and tragic man.”—Boston Globe Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., chronicles the short life of the Kennedy family’s second presidential hopeful in “a story that leaves the reader aching for what cannot be recaptured” (Miami Herald). Schlesinger’s account vividly recalls the forces that shaped Robert Kennedy, from his position as the third son of a powerful Irish Catholic political clan to his concern for issues of social justice in the turbulent 1960s. Robert Kennedy and His Times is “a picture of a deeply compassionate man hiding his vulnerability, drawn to the underdogs and the unfortunates in society by his life experiences and sufferings” (Los Angeles Times). This Fortieth Anniversary Edition contains not only Schlesinger’s illuminating and inspiring portrait of Robert Kennedy, but a new introduction by Michael Beschloss, in which the acclaimed best-selling author and historian discusses the book’s initial reception, Schlesinger’s thoughts on it, and expounds on why Robert Kennedy is still such an important figure today. “An inspiring account of what it was like to be at Robert Kennedy’s side and why he and many like him felt that vision and virtue walked with them.”—Business Week