Robert Kennedy and His Times Vol 1 Author:Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. A decade after his death, Robert Kennedy stil haunts the American imagination. Born the son of great wealth, dying the tribune of the dispossessed, greatly hated and greatly loved, Robert Kennedy, in his passion, concern and vulnerability, was in Emerson's sense one of the "representative men" of his time. His personal quest for identity, unders... more »tanding and power mirrored the turbulence, paradox and dream of mid-century America.
This biography now enables us to percieve the inner and outer forced that shaped Robert Kennedy-- the Irish inheristance, the remarkable family, the aspirations and transformations that made him one of the most compelling figures of his age. The author has had acces for the first time to private papers, letters and journals. The book throws fresh and fascinating light both on personal relationships and on public events.
In Robert Kennedy's life we see the panorama of mid-century America-- war and peace, the struggle for racial justice, big business and big labor, organized crime, the FBI and the CIA, the changing church and the changing family, Joe McCarthy and William O. Douglas, Adlai Stevenson and Lyndon Johnson, Walter Reuther and Jimmy Hoffa, Martin Luther King and J. Edgar Hoover. His story is in large and essential measure the story of our times from the Second World War through Vietnam to the tragic night in 1968.« less