Robert Kennedy by Evan Thomas
His Life

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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.
 

About Evan Thomas

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Evan Thomas is the author of The Very Best Men: Four Who Dared: The Early Years of the C.I.A.; Robert Kennedy: His Life; The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst and the Rush to Empire, 1989; Sea of Thunder: The Last Great Naval Command, 1941-1945; and John Paul Jones. His most recent book is Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World.
 
Published February 5, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. 512 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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RFK did, however, possess courage and determination in prodigious degrees, and Thomas stresses that it was through the exercise of these qualities that RFK won for himself a place of honor, first in his family, and finally in American politics.

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Portraying RFK as a man whose ""house had many mansions,"" Thomas calls him ""the lucky one""--he was raised in the shadow of his brothers, and his passion-filled life shined a light into ""the family cave"" of secrets.

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Drawing on unprecedented access to Robert Kennedy's personal papers, Thomas (who shares the same alma mater as his subject, University of Virginia School of Law), creates the most definitive biography of RFK since Arthur Schlesinger Jr.'s Robert Kennedy and His Times.Thomas details Kennedy’s life...

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Suite 101

Despite attempts by Republicans such as Mike Huckabee to smear his record, President Obama has amassed a long list of accomplishments in his first term.

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Open Letters Monthly

Johnson could do this because he understood money’s relationship to power, and as Caro describes in Path, Because [the money at Johnson's disposal] came from Texas, the rise of Lyndon Johnson sheds light on the new economic forces that surged out of the Southwest in the middle of the twentieth c...

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Open Letters Monthly

In 1990 he steered the Americans with Disabilities Act past an intransigent Bush administration, providing “millions of access ramps, [and] wheelchair-accessible restrooms” in what Canellos calls “one of the most sweeping civil rights bills of the century.” As early as 1966, Ted Kennedy had reco...

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London Review of Books

On 22 November 1963, Johnson was in Texas as part of a long delayed fundraising trip with the president, which had given Kennedy a chance to see for himself how little clout Johnson now carried in his home state.

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CNN.com

... A few days before the 1968 California Democratic primary, ... Reviewer: "The Last Campaign" worthy addition to Robert Kennedy books

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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.

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