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RFK by Jack Newfield
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Apparently the author, Jack Newfield, who was a journalist with the Village Voice back in the 1960s, was no fan of RFK during his lifetime. Interestingly, Newfield paints a very flattering and heartfelt portrait of this complicated and often tortured leader. RFK became my hero for life after reading this novel at a young age. It seems unlikely that the American electoral system could ever produce an American President this flawed, this heroic and this brave. In our country engorged and bloated with with headline grabbing, scandal loving media being consumed by an equally superficial and dim-witted public, we wouldn't even notice, nor care nor appreciate the exquisite historical poetry of a white Presidential candidate, surrounded by black men quoting Aeschylus and mourning the death of Martin Luther King? We'd turn the channel...."Asschuh who? Survivor's On!"
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