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The Gospel According to RFK: Why It Matters Now
As he campaigned for the presidency in 1968, Robert Kennedy outlined what seems today a redemptive vision for America. Tirelessly, before the kinds of vast crowds reserved for rock stars, RFK articulated with passionate eloquence the disasters of a misguided war, the pain of the dispossessed, and the way out of war and poverty. And then, 81 days into the campaign, he was a...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Basic Books
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The book is a collection of speeches made my Robert F. Kennedy throughout his career on a variety of subjects. It is important to differentiate between the controversial persona of Kennedy and his politics from an assessment of a book about him. As a compilation, the book provides a wide array of speeches, some more liberal and some more conservative in nature, than the others. If MacAfee’s goal was to assess a politician based on campaign speeches exclusively, it would amount to judging Barack ...more
If you want a cheaper alternative to the collected speeches and writings of RFK, then you should consider buying this book. However, I couldn't possibly recommend this otherwise. While it was great to be able to read the speeches, the "editor" of this book is a rabid anti-GWB leftist who would rather believe in conspiracy theories (judicial coup of the US government) and draw questionable parallels rather than follow the beliefs of RFK. The author is much more interested, seemingly, in using RFK ...more
The collections of speeches is great and still relevant. I agree with other reviewers though that the introductions are a bit unnecessarily biased. While for the most part I agree with him, I thought their clear bias meant that they lacked credibility. I ended up reading the start of them just to get the situational context and then skipping over the rest.
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 t ...moreMore about Robert F. Kennedy...