Perfect Villains, Imperfect Heroes: Robert F. Kennedy's War Against Organized Crime

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Capital Books, 2002 - History - 359 pages
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When the newly elected president John F. Kennedy appointed his younger brother attorney general, there was a firestorm of criticism. Not only was the nepotism blatant, but Robert Kennedy had never tried a case in court and was considered ruthless, highly politicized and intemperate. Nevertheless, he went on to become one of the most active and effective attorneys general in American history. This book examines his four-year tenure and the concerted war on crime he launched during that time. Written by one of the bright young lawyers he recruited to work as part of the special rackets prosecution team, Perfect Villains, Imperfect Heroes is an insider's view of one of the Kennedy administration's most exciting and largely untold stories. In this account of the historic battle between law breakers and law enforcers, Goldfarb shows that these cases had a profound impact on public consciousness that the mob's leaders, even if they did not directly cause the murder of John F. Kennedy, might well have been tried and convicted of conspiring to do so, since they had both the means and motive, took steps toward that end, and left an abundance of incriminating evidence.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgments
xi
Authors Note
xiii
Preface
xv
Introduction
xix
The Father Within
3
Recruitment of a Rookie Prosecutor
15
The Emergence of Robert Kennedy
22
Learning on the Job
53
Labor and the Rackets
177
Round Two in Newport
203
A Meeting in Kennedys Office
244
Hidden Villains Tragic Heroes
258
Justice and Passion A Portrait of Robert Kennedy as Attorney General
300
Notes
331
Selected Bibliography
339
Questions to Ponder
345

My Turn in Newport Kentucky
82
A Repite in Washington
124
Politics in Justice
155

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About the author (2002)

Ronald L. Goldfarb is the founding partner of a Washington D.C. law firm. With law degrees from Syracuse and Yale Universities and extensive experience in courtrooms, he is also the author of nine other books, including most recently "Perfect Villains, Imperfect Heroes: Robert F. Kennedy's War Against Organized Crime".

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