RFK: A Memoir

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Thunder's Mouth Press/Nation Books, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 318 pages
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As one of the most complex, charismatic and controversial figures of our times, Robert Kennedy occupies a remarkable and paradoxical place in the American imagination. On the right he has been idolized by Rudy Giuliani and memorialized by Attorney General John Ashcroft, who renamed the Justice Department after him. On the left, his admirers say he represented the last hope of revitalizing the liberal tradition. But who was Robert Kennedy? To acclaimed reporter Jack Newfield, who worked closely with him during his last years, RFK was a human being far different from the myths that surrounded his name. “Part of him was soldier, priest, radical, and football coach. But he was none of these. He was a politician. His enemies said he was consumed with selfish ambition, a ruthless opportunist exploiting his brother’s legend. But he was too passionate and too vulnerable ever to be the cool and confident operator his brother was.” In this haunting and memorable portrait we see what kind of man died when Robert Kennedy was shot. And what kind of leader America lost.

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User Review  - Heath - Goodreads

Newfield, a journalist who had an incredibly close relationship with RFK, gives one of the most passionate, microscopic views into RFK's withdrawn determinism between the gunshots of Dallas and Los Angeles. Read full review

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User Review  - Raymond Thomas - Goodreads

The New York Times quote on the front declares this recounting of RFK's life between 1963 and 1968 "deeply moving" but I don't think that is quite strong enough. Jack Newfield paints a vivid picture ... Read full review

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Jack Newfield has written for "The Village Voice," the "New York Daily News," "The New York Post," and is currently a Senior Fellow at "The Nation" magazine. He is the author of, among other books, "Robert Kennedy," "City for Sale" (with Wayne Barrett), and "Only in America: The Life and Crimes of Don King," His documentary on Don King for PBS received an Emmy Award in 1992. He lives with his wife Janie Eisenberg in Greenwich Village.

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