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Robert Kennedy by Evan Thomas
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Jan 25, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites, non-fiction

As far as biographies go, this is an incredibly thoughtful and passionate book. Full of unforgettable anecdotes and glimpses used as springboards to probe the mindset of Robert F. Kennedy, each chapter’s title focuses on a descriptive aspect of what made RFK both a complex and fascinating persona. For example, Thomas labels his chapters “Moralist,” “Manipulator,” “Protector,” “Mourner,” and “Searcher” to name a few among the twenty-one total. The book is commanding and comprehensive in its chronicle of RFK's life. Its real force, however, is the studious way Thomas evaluates RFK’s character to draw up some of the most definitive conclusions about who this great man truly was. Thomas portrays RFK as having uncommon courage, strength, and determination while also showing him as haunted by feelings of inferiority, weakness, and failure. This biography stands out for its authoritative insight into the power and appeal of RFK’s character and the message of hope he stood for. As you read this book, it is inevitable that you will remember passages attesting to RFK’s extraordinary growth into a leader and the humanity he developed as a person.
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January 25, 2012 – Shelved
February 18, 2014 – Shelved as: favorites
August 10, 2015 – Shelved as: non-fiction

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