"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.
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Published April 8, 2013
Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction.