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Bobby Kennedy

The Making of a Liberal Icon

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - From the author of Satchel comes an in-depth, vibrant, and measured biography about the most complex and controversial member of the Kennedy family.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST
History remembers Robert F. Kennedy as a racial healer, a tribune for the poor, and the last progressive knight of a bygone era of American politics. But Kennedy's enshrinement in the liberal pantheon was actually the final stage of a journey that had its beginnings in the conservative 1950s. In Bobby Kennedy, Larry Tye peels away layers of myth and misconception to paint a complete portrait of this singularly fascinating figure.
To capture the full arc of his subject's life, Tye draws on unpublished memoirs, unreleased government files, and fifty-eight boxes of papers that had been under lock and key for the past forty years. He conducted hundreds of interviews with RFK intimates-including Bobby's widow, Ethel, his sister Jean, and his aide John Siegenthaler-many of whom have never spoken to another biographer. Tye's determination to sift through the tangle of often contradictory opinions means that Bobby Kennedy will stand as the definitive one-volume biography of a man much beloved, but just as often misunderstood.
Bobby Kennedy's transformation from cold warrior to fiery liberal is a profoundly moving personal story that also offers a lens onto two of the most chaotic and confounding decades of twentieth-century American history. The first half of RFK's career underlines what the country was like in the era of Eisenhower, while his last years as a champion of the underclass reflect the seismic shifts wrought by the 1960s. Nurtured on the rightist orthodoxies of his dynasty-building father, Bobby Kennedy began his public life as counsel to the red-baiting senator Joseph McCarthy. He ended it with a noble campaign to unite working-class whites with poor blacks and Latinos in an electoral coalition that seemed poised to redraw the face of presidential politics. Along the way, he turned up at the center of every event that mattered, from the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis to race riots and Vietnam.
Bare-knuckle operative, cynical White House insider, romantic visionary-Bobby 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 new biography.
Praise for Bobby Kennedy
"We are in Larry Tye's debt for bringing back to life the young presidential candidate who . . . for a brief moment, almost half a century ago, instilled hope for the future in angry, fearful Americans." -David Nasaw, The New York Times Book Review
"Sweeping . . . [Tye] captures RFK's rise and fall with straightforward prose bolstered by impressive research. Along with hundreds of interviews with Kennedy intimates, including his widow, Ethel, Tye sifted through unpublished memoirs, unreleased government files, and boxes of Kennedy papers that had been locked away for some forty years." - USA Today
"Tye ("Superman") shows how RFK was not always the progressive hero but a work in progress-after all, Kennedy worked for Joseph McCarthy for a spell. Tye's pages on the assassination are heart-wrenching." - New York Post
"This biography will appeal not only to those wanting a portrait of a dynamic idealist, but also to those seeking to understand the emotions of the times in which he lived." -Henry A. Kissinger
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"Larry Tye has done his homework. He has read the books and articles, interviewed hundreds of family members, friends, colleagues and acquaintances, and made use of newly released materials in the Kennedy Library and elsewhere to produce a nuanced, balanced, affectionate and mostly favorable portrait. . . . [Tye] presents us . . . with a kind of bildungsroman of a young, privileged man who is forced to learn on the job and makes mistakes. . . . We are in Larry Tye's debt for bringing back to life the young presidential candidate who . . . for a brief moment, almost half a century ago, instilled hope for the future in angry, fearful Americans." -David Nasaw, The New York Times Book Review
"Sweeping . . . [Tye] captures RFK's rise and fall with straightforward prose bolstered by impressive research. Along with hundreds of interviews with Kennedy intimates, including his widow, Ethel, Tye sifted through unpublished memoirs, unreleased government files, and boxes of Kennedy papers that had been locked away for some forty years." - USA Today
"Mr. Tye's account is nuanced and thorough, and he manages the rare feat of interviewing Kennedy's widow Ethel, now eighty-eight. . . . [RFK's] vision echoes through the decades. 'Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly,' he said in 1966. If only modern-day leaders were so bold." - The Economist
"Bobby Kennedy, who was assassinated during his 1968 presidential campaign, is remembered for his antiwar stance and for standing up for civil rights and against poverty. But Tye ("Superman") shows how RFK was not always the progressive hero but a work in progress-after all, Kennedy worked for Joseph McCarthy for a spell. Tye's pages on the assassination are heart-wrenching." - New York Post
"Like Alexander Hamilton during our nation's founding, [Bobby] Kennedy was the most dominant figure of his time not to be elected president. . . . Tye has crafted a multi-layered, inspiring portrait of RFK. Because the author refuses to avert his eyes from the uglier chapters in Kennedy's life, he provides readers and historians their most in-depth look at an extraordinary figure whose transformational story shaped America at mid-century." - The Washington Post
"Very, very good . . . It captures RFK's cold, ruthless side with appropriate relish, and it provides fast-paced and very detailed accounts of RFK's early working relationship with soon-to-be-disgraced politician Joe McCarthy." - Christian Science Monitor
"Fascinating . . . The book is most successful in tracing Kennedy's transition from a brash, patrician lawyer to a skilled liberal politician who overwhelmingly identified with those in the greatest need." - AP News
"Tye's vivid journalistic style makes the biography an arresting read. . . . Bobby Kennedy's journey closely mirrors the history of the country, from the Cold War through the civil rights movement, the dissent against the Vietnam War and growing public awareness of poverty in America. . . . Many of the most fascinating stories come through Tye's dissection of Bobby's relations with his adversaries." - San Francisco Chronicle
"Absorbing . . . a captivating account of the political career of Robert F. Kennedy, from his years as a zealous communist hunter for Joe McCarthy through the 1968 presidential campaign during which he was assassinated ate age forty-two. For this state-of-the-art political biography, Tye conducted four hundred interviews with people who worked with Kennedy. He also had access to national archives. The author's admiration for his subject shows, but this is no hagiography. . . . Shedding new light on Kennedy's relationships with Lyndon Johnson and Martin Luther King, Jr., Tye ultimately reveals Kennedy as a work in progress who, by the end of his life, had become a beloved advocate for minorities and the poor." - Library Journal (starred review)
"The trouble with calling someone iconic is that the truth is often obscured u
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Seitenzahl 608
Erscheinungsdatum 05.07.2016
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-8129-9334-9
Verlag Random House LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 244/159/40 mm
Gewicht 923
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