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A Common Good: The Friendship Of Robert F. Kennedy and Kenneth P. O'Donnell

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Kenneth O'Donnell was JFK's chief-of-staff and the co-author of Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye. In this intimate, revealing memoir of his long friendship with Bobby Kennedy, his daughter, Helen, honors his wish that RFK be remembered as the man Ken O'Donnell knew him to be.Kenny and Bobby met at Harvard in 1947, where they were both members of the football and debate teams. It ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 20th 1998 by William Morrow
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Jen
Sep 07, 2009 rated it liked it
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I borrowed this book from a friend, and ended up enjoying it more than I expected. A Common Good tells the remarkable friendship between Robert Kennedy and Kenny O'Donnell (who happens to be the author's father, and she makes no secret that this is a somewhat biased story), and how their friendship extended to Kenny's close relationship with John Kennedy. In addition to describing the "Kennedy machine," and the political campaigns, the book also gave a glimpse into Bobby Kennedy's soul, and his ...more
Jennifer
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing

The pain of President Kennedy's assassination was keenly felt by his brother, Robert Kennedy, and closest adviser (also Robert's best friend), Kenny O'Donnell. In this loving tribute, Kenny's daughter Helen recounts the friendship between Bobby and Kenny, from it's first days while attending Harvard, through the whirlwind of President Kennedy's campaign and 'thousand days' in office, until a murderer's bullet took Bobby from Kenny - and, indeed, from the world. Beautiful book, I highly recommend
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Heath
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
The friendship between Bobby Kennedy and Ken O'Donnell was deep and rich - this book does not do it justice. Much of the text is lazily comprised of direct quotes from other sources with very little coming from the author herself. When Ms. O'Donnell (Ken's daughter) does insert her voice, she meanders through the narrative, often repeating herself and scattering inaccuracies along the way.
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I LOVED THIS BOOK!
Bill Flavin
May 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Kenny O'Donnell sat at the right hand of both John and Robert Kennedy. In this interesting story of the man behind the man you see insight into history not seen before
Jessica
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
such a wonderful book describing the heart and soul of what is known as "the Kennedy machine".
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Helen O’Donnell is the daughter of John F. Kennedy’s top-gun political aide, Kenneth P. O’Donnell. Ms. O’Donnell is the author of A Common Good: The Friendship of Robert F. Kennedy and Kenneth P. O’Donnell. She also worked with Chris Matthews of MSNBC’s Hardball on his 2012 book Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero.

A writer and producer, O’Donnell has written for publications including Town & Country, C
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