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In His Own Right: The Political Odyssey of Senator Robert F. Kennedy (Columbia Studies in Contemporary American History)

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Robert Kennedy's role in American politics during the 1960s was pivotal yet has defied attempts to define it. He was a junior senator from New York, but he was also much more. The public perceived him as possessing the intangible qualities of his brother, the slain president. From 1965 to 1968 Kennedy struggled to find his own voice in national affairs.

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Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 3rd 2002 by Columbia University Press (first published May 7th 2001)
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Jamey
Just finished reading IN HIS OWN RIGHT: The Political Odyssey of Robert F. Kennedy, by Joseph Palermo (Columbia U.P., 2001). I'm so deeply touched, I can't express it in words. Everything changed the night the CIA murdered the man, the cause, the coalition, the Democratic Party, the future, and the United States as a civic and cultural polity dedicated to anything more than greed, war, and entertainment. Three million Indochinese were killed in that moment, which handed the country to Nixon and ...more
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I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it's a highly readable and fairly exciting account of Robert Kennedy's years in the Senate. Palermo focuses on RFK's opposition to the Vietnam War, along with one brief chapter on civil rights issues. It all builds up to RFK's ill-fated quest for the presidency in 1968, and Palermo does a great job telling the story.

On the other hand Palermo goes much too lightly on RFK's early "hawkish" perspectives on Vietnam, which were often and explici
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Will James
Aug 09, 2011 Will James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A definitive account of Robert Kennedy's political career, from between his brother's death in 1963, to his election as New York Senator in 1965, and his tragic assassination in 1968. This book reveals some of the extraordinary events of Kennedy's life at that time, and some of the revelations concerning RFK's relationship with LBJ are astounding. Well worth a look if you're interested in 1960s America, the impact of civil rights and Vietnam, and the life of one of America's greatest ever politi ...more
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