Traditionally, Robert F. Kennedy has been viewed as either the "Good Bobby," who saw wrong and tried to right it, or the "Bad Bobby" of countless conspiracy theories, the ruthless and manipulative bully who plotted with the Mafia to kill Castro and lusted after Marilyn Monroe. Evan Thomas' achievement is to realize RFK as a human being, to bring to life an extraordinarily complex man who was at once kind and cruel, devious and honest, fearful and brave. The portrait that emerges is unvarnished but sympathetic, packed with new details about Kennedy's early life and his behind-the-scenes machinations: his involvement in a cheating incident in prep school, his first attempt at romance, and his many back-channel political operations-with new revelations about the 1960 and 1968 presidential campaigns, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and his long struggles with J. Edgar Hoover and Lyndon Johnson, both of whom were subtly and not-so-subtly trying to blackmail the Kennedys. In a clear and fast-paced narrative, Thomas cuts through the mythology to reveal a character who, though he died young just as he was reaching for ultimate power, remains one of the century's most fascinating men.
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by Evan Thomas
by Thomas Hardy
by Jonathan Maberry
by Evan S. Connell
by Mike Allen, Evan Thomas
"Ray Porter's authoritative voice is well suited to Thomas's meticulously researched biography. The listener meets the young RFK, a sensitive boy largely ignored by his powerful father. Thomas doesn't gloss over the truth--as a teenager, RFK was angry. He had few close friends; his grades were poor. While RFK eventually found his place as his brother's keeper and, later, a political force in his own right, he understood disenfranchisement and felt driven to fight for social reform. Thomas shows us Robert Kennedy in all his complexity--as family man, ruthless adversary, champion of the poor, idealist. In sync with Thomas's text, Porter's narration is simultaneously matter-of-fact and reverent. For Kennedy fans and political history buffs, this biography delivers. D.J.P. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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