The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America
The definitive account of Robert Kennedyâs exhilarating and tragic 1968 campaign for presidentâ”a revelatory history that is especially resonant now
After John F. Kennedyâs assassination, Robert Kennedyâ”formerly Jackâs no-holds-barred political warriorâ”almost lost hope. He was haunted by his brotherâs murder, and by the nationâs seeming inabilities to solve its prob
This is five years after the nadir of the "New Frontier" and four years after Lyndon Johnson embroiled us in the eternal quagmire of what was Vietnam. January, 1968 produced one of ...more
By focusing on the 82 days between Bobby Kennedy's announcement that he would run for President and the night of his assassination, Clarke was able to show the ebbs and flows of Kennedy's final days. In this book, we are able to see development of campaign. Through ...more
Suffice it to say, I did not love this book. In fact, I didn't even like it that much. I felt that most of the book bordered on hero worship, to the point that I could not form an objective opinion about Kennedy's storied '68 campaign.
That said, I ultimately gave "The Last Campaign" three stars rather than 5 ...more
Robert Kennedy was so different as a candidate - as a hope for America in a time of domestic turmoil that those who were not living then can not truly understand. Yet RFK could reach across the gap -- touching blacks and George Wallace blue collar sup ...more
Thurston Clarke in this short book examines those 82 days of 1968 campaign and it captivates you instantly and makes you long to hope that maybe it could have been RFK and not Nixon standing on west side of the Capital facing the mall taking the oath on January 20, 1969.
One of the most powerful moments of the book is the descriptions of the events of the night of April 4th ...more
Bobby Kennedy had been known as a ruthless political operative, and the strong-arm of his brother's White House. When he was elected as the senator from New York, he began to differentiate himself from his brother's policies, and pursuing ones that he held d ...more
One thing sticks with me: the power of RFK's message and conviction, a politician that really said wa ...more
It does not require that you be a political junkie or a child of the 60's - only that you are interested in US history.
Can you tell me where he's gone?
I thought I saw him walkin' up over the hill,
With Abraham, Martin and John.
Dion’s “Abraham, Martin and John” is one of at least two songs whose lyrics were altered in-studio due to the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy [D, NY] on June 5, 1968 at 3:16 am Eastern time. As the title suggests, the song was written [by Richard Holler] as a result of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and was a poetic triumvirate ...more
What struck me throughout the book was how often Kennedy expressed the realization he'd be assassinated. Not if, but when? Yet, he continued his fearless campaign.
An insightful piece of history that every American should read.
The parallels between what was happening in 1968 and what is happening now across ou ...more
As early as the fall of 1967, Kennedy had been urged by many to run and oppose President Johnson and his policies. But, Kennedy was worried abiout fracturing the Democratic Party and allowing the Republican ca ...more
Thurston Clarke's thesis is that Robert Kennedy represented the best hope for a politics of reconciliation and compassion, shared responsibility and service to country, at a time when the country was reeling fro ...more
Several things struck me most about the politics of Bobby Kennedy:
He was sincere. I truly believe th ...more
Is this a piece written by an author that, like many of the reporters that covered the 68 RFK campaign, is slightly smitten with Bobby Kennedy? Absolutely. That shouldn't stop you from reading it. It's a good book, well researched and honest. It leaves you feeling like you want to hop in a Delorian and travel back to '68 for just one happy day mid-campaign so you too can say you were there. Yo ...more
Released at a time that corresponds with both the 40th anniversary of RFK's run and the last presidential election, it make for an engaging read. As Kennedy stated he didn't "...lightly dismiss the dangers and the difficulties...but these are not ordinary times and this is not an ordinary election." True words of the turbulent era. Vietnam was in its 3rd year as far as direct involvement of US combat troops, racial tension and riots continued at home and Americans were look...more
Clarke's articles have appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and ...more