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Ultimate Sacrifice: John and Robert Kennedy, the Plan for a Coup in Cuba, and the Murder of JFK
Lamar Waldron
0786714417
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. There has been a long hiatus in significant books on the JFK assassination since Gerald Posner's Case Closed argued in 1993 that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. Posner took the CIA's lack of involvement for granted, and that, according to this mammoth and painstakingly researched account, was a big mistake. It is Waldron and Hartmann's (The Edison Gene) contention—bolstered by access to many previously unavailable files, and interviews with little-known as well as prominent figures—that the CIA knew a great deal about the assassination. But the agency couldn't admit what it knew because that could uncover the existence of a U.S. plan for a coup in Cuba, run by JFK's brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy. The assassination, say the authors, was carried out by hired gunmen on the...


Robert F. Kennedy
Konstantin Sidorenko
0824523555
Dec 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
The life of Robert F. Kennedy resembled two sides of the same coin. One side shows the hard-driven, ruthless prosecutor, battering witnesses, ignoring their civil rights. The other side shows his absolute belief in God. This is the side that gave him faith in himself and an undeniable sympathy for the poor and disadvantaged.

About the Author
Konstantin Sidorenko is a freelance journalist who holds a degree form the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He has written extensively on urban development and the politics and regulation of alcoholic beverages. His next book is a biography of Edward Payson Weston.


Robert Kennedy: His Life
Evan Thomas
0743203291
September 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
In the nation's varied memory, Robert Kennedy is a contradictory figure, a hard-bullying McCarthyite obsessed with Hoffa and Castro but also a gentle, poetry-reading herald of a new age bent on stopping the Vietnam War and lifting up the poor. As Evan Thomas (The Wise Men and Man to See) writes, both liberals and conservatives have their own spin on his legacy, with predictably different visions of what he would have done if he had lived to be our 37th president. As it turns out, none of the Good Bobby/Bad Bobby projections are right, and none are completely wrong either. In sorting through the myths and the truths, Thomas provides a detailed portrait of a man centrally engaged in most of the important issues of the postwar era, and concludes that the best way to understand him is "fear":

He was brave because he was...



Robert Francis Kennedy
Allen Roberts
0828318905
Dec 1987
Hardcover
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Nemesis: The True Story of Aristotle Onassis, Jackie O, and the Love Triangle That Brought Down the Kennedys
Peter Evans
0060580534
June 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Longtime investigative journalist uncovers one of the great untold stories of twentieth-century international intrigue: the Kennedy-Onassis-Kennedy love triangle, and the secrets it has held . . . until now. An extraordinary story of two of the world's most powerful men, and the femme fatale who came between them. Peter Evans has been researching the life and times of Aristotle Onassis for more than two decades; he interviewed not only Onassis himself (in preparation for his biography, Ari), but scores of his intimates. But even after his acclaimed biography was published in the 1990s, his research continued-and the revelations he unearthed are mind-boggling. At the core of his reporting-and of this riveting book-is the story of the longtime rivalry between Onassis and the Kennedy clan. It was a story that began in...


Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption
Christopher Kennedy Lawford
0060732482
September 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
[Signature]Reviewed by Sara NelsonPity the poor shelver who has to decide where to put this book. Does it go with the wall full of Kennedyana, the tell-alls and critiques of the family America loves to hate and hates to love? Or does it go into the ever increasing "recovery" section of the memoir department, packed as it is with tales of debauchery, and finally, painful and hard-won sobriety?Because this offering, by the 50-year-old nephew of President Kennedy, son of the late actor Peter Lawford, and cousin of the late American prince, JFK Jr. (how's that for a legacy to live with?), is both of those things, it is hard to categorize, and harder to resist. There's plenty of dish here, even if it is dish of the gentle, almost old-fashioned variety. (Lawford tells of being taught to do the twist by Marilyn Monroe; of spying, as a...


Grace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House
Sally Bedell Smith
0641686951

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Robert Kennedy and His Times
Arthur Meier Schlesinger
0618219285
June 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
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).

From the Inside Flap
Schlesinger, historian and friend of Bobby Kennedy, has had access for the first time to private papers, letters, and journals which...


Make Gentle the Life of This World: The Vision of Robert F. Kennedy
Robert F. Kennedy
0767903714
June 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
President John F. Kennedy and his brother, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, collaborated on a daybook project in which they would jot down passages from their reading that moved them in some way. RFK continued the project after his brother's death in 1963, and would frequently use the quotations in it as source material for his speeches.

Maxwell Taylor Kennedy, Robert's youngest son, has drawn upon that journal, as well as material from his father's speeches, to create a unique portrait of RFK's spirit and character. In addition to his own powerful testimony to his passion for social justice, we learn that Robert Kennedy was able to learn as much about the meaning of freedom and justice from Albert Camus as he was from Thomas Jefferson or Abraham Lincoln. The concern with civil rights, pacifism, and America's role in...



The Men We Became: My Friendship with John F. Kennedy, Jr.
Robert T. Littell
0312324774
September 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Of all of the banter recounted in this extended eulogy to his late friend, the most germane conversation comes when the author recalls his friend John F. Kennedy Jr. reading Johnny We Hardly Knew Ye, Ken O'Donnell and Mike Powers's memoir of the late president John F. Kennedy. The author writes, "[John] even suggested that I'd be writing about him one day." That quote almost serves as an ethical balm for the reader concerned that JFK Jr.'s life has been written about and exploited by so many. Though far from an autobiographical masterpiece, this book offers Kennedy voyeurs an exciting dose of nostalgia. Littell's account is adoring but not hagiographic. While most of the anecdotes involve the mundane stuff of male friendship, Littell acknowledges certain not-so-shocking facts distorted in the tabloids, such as...


An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963
Robert Dallek
0316907928
April 2004
Paperback
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Let Every Nation Know
Robert Dallek
140220647X
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
After Lincoln, John F. Kennedy is generally acknowledged as our most eloquent president. The words of such major speeches as his inaugural and his remarks at the Berlin Wall resonate still in the minds of Americans. But as this book and CD illustrate, Kennedy was equally articulate on a host of other occasions, including campaign debates with Richard Nixon, White House press conferences, commencement addresses and comments on such topics as the integration of the University of Mississippi and the Cuban missile crisis. Of course, a large part of JFK's communicative excellence lay in his smart, confident delivery. Thus bestselling Kennedy biographer Dallek and Golway (The Irish in America) present the speeches on a CD featuring Kennedy's own voice, while their book sets each of the CD's 32 tracks in historical...

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