Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon by Larry TyeNew York Times bestselling author of Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend Larry Tye was given unprecedented access by the Kennedy family to write this in-depth, vibrant and editorially independent biography.
History remembers Robert F. Kennedy as a racial healer, a tribune for the poor, and the last progressive knight. But Kennedy—nurtured on the rightist orthodoxies of his dynasty-building father—started his public life as counsel to the left-baiting, table-thumping Senator Joseph McCarthy.
A bare-knuckled political operative who masterminded his brother’s whatever-it-takes bids for senator and president, Kennedy okayed FBI wiretaps of Martin Luther King Jr. and cloak-and-dagger operations against communist Cuba that included blowing up railroad bridges, sabotaging crops, and plotting the elimination of President Fidel Castro.
Remembered now as a rare optimist in an age of political cynicism, RFK’s profoundly moving journey from cold warrior to hot-blooded liberal also offers a lens into two of the most chaotic and confounding decades of twentieth century America.
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Book review: Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon
There is no doubt that for a large segment of the American populace, the Kennedy family name conjures up feelings of nostalgia. That may especially be the case as it relates to Robert Francis Kennedy. But I concluded the book with a much greater appreciation for the man and his story. Kennedy seemed to perpetually be in motion throughout his life. Bobby truly wrestled with issues, not in some abstract academic fashion, but in a practical, real world sense.
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Look Inside. Jul 05, Minutes Buy. May 09, ISBN Jul 05, ISBN Jul 05, Minutes. Kennedy was all of these things at one time or another, and each of these aspects of his personality emerges in the pages of this powerful and perceptive biography.
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Reading about the life and death of Robert F. In light of the abundance of works on Kennedy including Arthur M.
Random House. He had served as attorney general for fewer than four years and as senator from the state of New York for three and a half. His campaign for the presidency lasted only two and a half months. He deserves our attention not because of what he did, but because of who he was, what he represented and what we hope he might have accomplished had he lived. There have been more bad books written about Robert Kennedy and his family than almost any other public figures. The Kennedys, as a group and as individuals, have been all too easy to caricature.