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The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy: Crime, Conspiracy and Cover-Up - A New Investigation

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Longlisted for the People's Book Prize 2018

At 12.16am on Wednesday, June 5, 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy was shot and mortally wounded in the kitchen service pantry of the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles. He had just won the California Primary, an important victory in his quest for nomination as the Democratic Partys candidate in the US Presidential election late that
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Published May 25th 2018 by Thistle Publishing
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Peter
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Assassination
On June 4th, 1968 in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, Robert Kennedy was shot dead - exactly two months after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis. For many Americans the disbelief was palpable, they lost another great man, a former Attorney General, and a potential President of the USA. Following the assassination of Roberts brother, President John F Kennedy in 1963, the whole Kennedy involvement in US politics became cloaked in conspiracy theories, murderous
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Mackey
In 1968, Robert F Kennedy was elected as the Democratic partys presidential candidate. Immediately afterward, he was shot and killed in the kitchen of the California hotel in which he was staying. Sirhan Sirhan, a Syrian nationalist, was arrested and convicted but the story doesnt end there. 

Tim Tate, an investigative journalist and documentarian, along with Brad Johnson, an award winning writer and producer, could not accept the governments account of the events of that fateful day, a day
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Nancy
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: publisher-sent
3.5
1968.

The spring of my sophomore year of high school found me falling into a depression that lasted several months. Personal and family problems were behind most of it, with national events weighing down with extra pressure as we saw the deaths of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy.

1968 was such a bad year, I avoided thinking about it for decades; I have tried to understand it for decades more.

In those days, my dad would wake me up before he left for work at Chrysler in
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Margaret Mary
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
If you enjoy reading historical non-fiction events that are embroiled in a conspiracy, then this would be a book I would recommend reading. With the wealth of information and the plethora of opinions as to what occurred on that fateful night June 4th, 1968 in the Ambassador hotel, I initially had reservations as to what new aspect this book could contribute to the controversy. I have been pleasantly surprised, most books covering conspiracy theories tend to get so overwhelmed with data and ...more
Lou
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being British and of an age where I would've only been a twinkle in my father's eye when this awful event occurred in June 1968 explains why I have no knowledge of the murder of Robert F. Kennedy, JFK's brother. He was killed five years after his brother was assassinated at Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas. I am endlessly fascinated by JFK and the conspiracy theories surrounding his death so naturally this book gained my interest right away.

"The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy" is an incredibly
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Gram
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the first book I've read about the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. While I'm not certain there was a conspiracy to kill Bobby Kennedy, I do believe that the subsequent investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department was less than competent.

It also seems that the man convicted for Kennedy's murder, Sirhan Sirhan, didn't get a fair trial. The failure to release police files on the case for 20 years seems to have been a decision deliberately designed to cloud the issues surrounding
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catherine ♡
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
*I received a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review.*

Actual Rating: 4.5

I was born in 1999, and I'm 19 now as I write this review. When I was in my junior year of high school, I had to interview adults from different generations, and this is one question I asked: What was one pivotal historical event you remember? Robert Kennedy's death was never mentioned. So, I have to admit that prior to reading this book, I was very ignorant about what actually happened; the only thing I knew was the
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Sarah -  All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
I received a free ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Full review to come. I knew next to nothing about RFK's assassination, aside from the fact he was shot by a guy whose last name was the same as his first. Yet another example of Bobby forever being in John's shadow. Quite a lot of interesting material to mull over.

See my full review here: https://allthebookblognamesaretaken.b...
Stephen Bentley
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy by Tim Tate; Brad Johnson

This was one of the most fascinating and well-researched books I have ever read. Its a story that has always intrigued me along with the other assassinations of the same era: JFK and Dr. Martin King.
There are no spoilers in my review. It contains my opinion on various aspects of the book. I know it will not spoil your enjoyment of it as you may come to some very different conclusions.
I first turn to the end of the book as a place
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Janet
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher ---

A new and definitive investigation into the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in June 1968.

At 12.16am on Wednesday, June 5, 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy was shot and mortally wounded in the kitchen service pantry of the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles. He had just won the California Primary, an important victory in his quest for nomination as the Democratic Partys
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Elizabeth
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy: Crime, Conspiracy and Cover-Up - A New Investigation
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Tim Tate

At 12.16am on Wednesday, June 5, 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy was shot and mortally wounded in the kitchen service pantry of the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles. He had just won the California Primary, an important victory in his quest for nomination as the Democratic Partys candidate in the US Presidential election late that year. A little over 24 hours later, he was pronounced dead.

A
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Al
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, read-2018
I wasnt sure what to expect from this book. Was it going be a big conspiracy theory? Was what it said going to seem credible? For the tl;dr crowd, the answers to those questions are no and yes.

The somewhat more detailed explanation is that the book does a good job of explaining not only the official story and how it came to be, but also pointing out where that story has issues. Unlike a conspiracy theory, they dont point fingers and spin yarns with conclusions about who did what and why, instead
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Donna Hines
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
The stakes were high having just won the California primary only to have his life flushed out by Sirhan Sirhan - A Syrian Nationalist- in the kitchen of the California hotel.
Tim Tate and Brad Johnson are determined to uncover the truths behind the governments rendition of the days leading up to and the aftermath that soon followed.
RFK Jr came away wanting to re-open the case convinced that Sirhan Sirhan did not fire the fatal shot.
To lose both RFK and JFK in assassinations must be unbearable for
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Gayle Noble
The authors look at the events of the 5 June 1968 and the subsequent investigation. Was Sirhan Sirhan the man who actually fired the shot that killed Robert F. Kennedy, and did he act alone?

I have read lots of books about the JFK murder but none about his brother, Bobby Kennedy even though I have always found Bobby to be the more intriguing person. After reading this comprehensive, detailed, and well researched book, it seems that there are even more unanswered questions about the RFK
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Mandy
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This thoroughly and meticulously researched examination of the assassination of Robert F Kennedy makes for some very interesting reading. Something in the investigation went very wrong and the many mistakes made at the time and the subsequent manipulation of the facts make it possible that now the truth will never be established about what actually happened and who actually fired the fatal shots. There was for sure some sort of cover-up and it would appear that the man actually convicted didnt ...more
Elite Group
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lone gunman or conspiracy?

Just what was it that attracted assassins to kill brothers John (Jack) and Robert (Bobby) Kennedy?

Both brothers had made a lot of enemies, but Bobby, particularly, had more than his fair share; from political ones like Hoover, Nixon & Johnson and the CIA through to union ones like Jimmy Hoffa, President of the then all-powerful Brotherhood of Teamsters.

I am sure we all remember where we were when Jack Kennedy was shot, but what about Bobbys killing? I certainly dont
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Carolyn Comings
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an electronic version of this book from NetGalley.

I was in junior high school and not a particular follower of the news when Senator Kennedy was shot and killed in Los Angeles. This event caught my interest, and for a period of time I read everything I could find about the Kennedy family. In that era, most of what I read could be best described as puff pieces. It was not until much later that the reading public began to get a glimpse of the seamier underside of America's so-called
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Orad54
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For me this has got to be the 'go to book' if you want a comprehensive yet understandable account of the issues involved in this case.
'The book that kept giving' it became even more satisfying as I progressed through the chapters and everything started to come together.
One thing wasn't entirely clear to me from the narrative, though. Sirhan is always described as being in front of RFK whilst the autopsy report shows the shot that killed him came from the rear. This made LAPDs insistence he
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Susan Evans
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was finishing my freshman year at the University of Maryland when Bobby Kennedy was assassinated. This incident was fresh on the heels of the assassination of Martin Luther King and the race riots of D.C. and Baltimore. In truth, it felt to me like every good person who had come forward to help our nation achieve greatness and fairness for all of us, was being struck down. And just five years after JFK had been killed. What an unbelievable tragic loss for his family and Ethel left alone with ...more
Pete daPixie
Published on the 50th anniversary of Robert Kennedy's assassination in L.A. in 1968. After all this time, and with the many books on this topic on my bookshelf, surely there can be nothing new to be uncovered. I have all the publications from Robert Blair Kaiser to Fernando Faura's 'Polka Dot File', yet Tate & Johnson's 25 years of work on the killing of RFK brings new revelations to the study in 2018.
The two investigative journalists have delved into the California State archives that
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Debi
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
For the most part I found this to be an interesting read. I have never read much on the assassination of Robert Kennedy.
Some of the sections just dragged and made my eyes cross...especially the pages and pages and pages of the electronic tests on the audio tapes that appeared to record the actual shooting in the pantry.
It was rather obvious that those in charge of the murder didn't really give a flying monkey's ass about finding out what really happened that night...quite similar to his
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Andi
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Arguably, the most famous of the Kennedy clan after President John F. Kennedy, Senator Robert Kennedy was killed fifty years ago by a lone assassin's bullet. Why was he killed and by whom are questions still open for debate.

I have to confess that I am addicted to any book about the 1960s assassinations. Place the words Kennedy, King, Malcom X, Medgar in the book title and my purchase is assured. While this book was a rehash of the facts of the murder, new and previously understated details made
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Jill Elizabeth
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a fascinating look at the questions surrounding the assassination of RFK and the subsequent "investigation" into his death. Despite ostensibly occurring in front of dozens of eye-witnesses, the murder has long been one surrounded by allegations of conspiracy and cover up. This is in part due to the victim, in part to the state of the world and US government at the time of the death, and in part due to the bizarre series of events themselves. Tate and Johnson do a marvelous job at ...more
Shaun Terence Crowther
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
RFK Assassination: Crime, Conspiracy & Cover-Up

An enjoyable read (even if most of the facts presented are already well known. The additional information presented about the identity of the polka dot woman is especially intriguing. Reveal her motives on that fateful night and the case is cracked open. My own opinion is that she was in on the plot to get Sirhan into the pantry at that critical time. This she did before disappearing into history. Alas, officialdom seems very reluctant to reopen
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Amy
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy: Crime, Conspiracy and Cover-Up - A New Investigation was an interesting read to me. I have an obsession with reading up on crime, especially, those involving public figures. I learned so much about Robert F Kennedy and his assassination. The book is easier to read than a lot of other crime books I have read.
I give The Assassination of Robert F Kennedy 5 stars and highly recommend it.
I received this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a
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Mari Lynn C Young
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is obviously an excellent, extremely well researched book and clearly covers all aspects of this riveting moment in our dark history. I highly recommend this book, and if you are going to read ANY book on RFK and his assassination, THIS is the book to read. It covers everything, thoroughly and respectfully, without it being just another "crazy conspiracy theory" book. No.....it is far more. Facts. Corroborating evidence. And, highlights the vast networks in place to cover up TRUTH.
Vnunez-Ms_luv2read
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Very well written book on the assassination of Robert Kennedy and the man who was arrested for the crime. i have seen programs on this death, but just recently started reading books about the assassination. I found this book to be well written and flowed very easily. A lot was covered in this book and it does make you think. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for the ARC of this book in return for my honest review.
Marie
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such an amazing and informative book. Very well researched. I sat down meaning to read for a short time, but read it all before I stopped. Anyone interested in history should read this book. As I read parts of it to my husband, he was hanging on every word. When it comes out, he will be buying it So well written. I learned so much that I never knew and it makes so much sense to me now. I received this book from Net Galley for an honest review and no compensation.
Bookishly
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was really interesting. It presented facts and hypothesis like never before. I didn't know that much about the assassination of RFK but this was extremely informative.
Nigel Masterton
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thistle Publishing are to be congratulated on publishing this excellent investigation into Robert Kennedy's death. Tim Tate and Brad Johnson have meticulously scoured files and records over many, many years to provide forensically analyse the facts from that night in 1968. This is investigative reporting at its finest. Here are just two of the questions posed. How could Sirhan Sirhan's gun have fired 13 bullets when his gun magazine only held eight? How, when he was positioned in front of RK ...more
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