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An illuminating and comprehensive look at the remarkable--and tragically shortened--career of one of America's most promising leaders
Structured around the 1968 Democratic presidential campaign, "The Unfinished Odyssey of Robert Kennedy "offers an in-depth exploration of Robert Kennedy, both as a man and a politician. Kennedy's mass appeal to minority groups, his antiwar s
Paperback, 214 pages
Published 1969 by Bantam
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This is a much abridged version of my first review. Goodreads could not handle the volume of characters I dedicated to this book so I made it a book chapter in Political Essays (also on goodreads). Here is the shortened version, it does neither Halberstam nor Kennedy justice, but there it is:

I always knew there was something special about Bobby Kennedy—my mom told me so. But until I read this book I wasn’t quite able to put my finger on what it was. His celebrity is there, though admittedly less
I like everything that David Halberstam ever wrote, and I would put this one in that list BUT it felt a bit disjointed for someone who has such a clear structure for the other things I've read. Maybe it was because he was writing it in the moment, a few months after his tragic assassination, and his writing almost felt like someone in shock who is going through the motions of reporting but grappling with the emotional shock of his death. Even though he made references that someone in 1968 would ...more
Something ironic and morbid about reading this real-time account of RFK's 1968 primary campaign when we know how the story must end. The final pages are exquisitely written.
Kris - My Novelesque Life

(I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review).

"Structured around the 1968 Democratic presidential campaign, The Unfinished Odyssey of Robert Kennedy offers an in-depth exploration of Robert Kennedy, both as a man and a politician.

Kennedy’s mass appeal to minority groups, his antiwar stance, and his support from Catholics made him unlike any other politician of his stature in the late 1960s. Acclaimed journalist David Halberstam dives into Kennedy’s career, covering
Aaron Finestone
On a shady court house lawn in Brooklyn stands the statue of Robert F. Kennedy. People walk by. I wonder if they notice the statue or realize who he was.

Open Road Integrated Media has released as an e-book David Halberstam’s memoir of Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 campaign for President.

Halberstam’s writing is delicious. The reporting is fresh. The book was written months after RFK’s assassination. It captures the spirit of the times and the excitement of Kennedy’s campaign, unfettered by historical
I am a political wonk and I loved this book. The sad thing is that so many of the issues involved in this campaign still exist today.
Really good book about the unfinished campaign of Robert Kennedy. With his loss, America lost the person who could unite the country on racial issues, lost the most sincere advocate for the poor, and lost the sense of idealism that started with John Kennedy in the 1960.

The Democratic Party lost two enormous political giants - both brothers - in the 1960s, a loss that they still haven't overcome even in the age of Obama some 40 years later.
This was not Halbersham's best - structured around the 1968 Democratic Presidential campaign, it falied somehow to capture the essence of the man - perhaps spending too much time on the periphery of events rather than on the man himself. Nonethless it gives a somewhat interesting insight into the campaign itself - the mundanity and the grind.

Great backstory of the 68 campaign. It really makes you think what might've happened if he had but been killed.
Even more tragic knowing that not only the subject, but the author too, left us before his time.
A bit too much in love with his subject.
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David Halberstam (April 10, 1934–April 23, 2007) was an American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author known for his early work on the Vietnam War and his later sports journalism.

Halberstam graduated from Harvard University with a degree in journalism in 1955 and started his career writing for the Daily Times Leader in West Point, Mississippi. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, writing for
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