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1975: by Robert F. Kennedy- Material taken from the public speeches of Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
Paperback, 235 pages
Published 1968 by Bantam Books (first published December 1st 1967)
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Nov 16, 2014 Tyler rated it really liked it
Bobby Kennedy's views changed dramatically over the course of his political career. This book, published shortly before his death, might represent a lifetime of lessons learned by one of this country's most able and sincere politicians.

This book is as intelligent as it is eloquent, beautifully concrete and unwaveringly pragmatic. Some may find his left-leaning views a bit difficult, but regardless of your political sway it is undeniable that Kennedy had rare sight into the issues of his day.
Feb 07, 2008 Ray rated it it was amazing
Reading this book is at the same time both inspiring and incredibly sad. His well-thought-out ideas on a range of topics, from crime and poverty to Vietnam, are truly refreshing.
Just months before his assassination, this manifesto provides the best glimpse of what might have been, had RFK lived long enough to be President. Anyone who thinks of him primarily as a Brother Protector or as a hard-nosed mob-fighter should read this book to see the incredible depth that RFK achieved in his later year
Dec 21, 2008 Jeff rated it liked it
This was a skimmer. RFK is a profound thinker, and his writing, particularly about youth and their role in the country is powerful. However, this is a collection that come mainly from his speeches, and many of the topics - Latin America, China, Vietnam - are a bit dated. Still, they provide historical perspective for those that wish to learn RFK's view of life. I would compare this to a shorter version of Obama's "The Audacity of Hope" for those that may be interested.
Nov 24, 2008 Alfonso rated it it was amazing
i ganked this from a bookshelf in SSR class junior year. as i read it, i found a new hero to be inspired by, and a new martyr to mourn. unfortunately, my copy was water damaged and had to be thrown away. why isn't this book back in print?
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Nov 02, 2011 IRD Delgado rated it liked it
I now understand why RFK is one of the most loved political figures of the past few decaddes. I decided to read this book after watching a documentary on PBS about his role in the Anti-Aparthied movement in South Africa.

Overall a pretty good read, not as inspiring as it may have been years ago, but the underlying messages still very much apply. I especially enjoyed the section on Vietnam and his comments related to the "other war".
Dec 22, 2008 Jake rated it it was amazing
Inspired to reread this on the campaign trail this fall. Though it may seem a little, Bobby's logic regarding inner-city poverty and redefining American foreign policy can still be applied today. A great read for anyone who is looking to learn more about public policy without having to get bogged down in terminology, numbers, budgets or excuses. RFK does not come across as the bleeding liberal one would assume; rather, his arguments are from a realist, and sometimes, capitalist perspective.
Jun 08, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing
This book was on the bookshelves at my parents' house when I was a kid and ended up moving with me when I left home. I've always been inspired by it. Whether RFK's ideals would have made great policy is irrelevant to me; that he had them has always meant--and will always mean-- the world.
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Jun 28, 2012 Matthew Wilson rated it liked it
Of course some of the issues were different, but the answers are still relevant. The world would have been a better place if Bobby had become president.
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Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy, also called RFK, was the United States Attorney General from 1961 to 1964 and a US Senator from New York from 1965 until his assassination in 1968. He was one of US President John F. Kennedy's younger brothers, and also one of his most trusted advisors and worked closely with the president during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He also made a significant contribution to ...more
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