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Robert Kennedy was a master manager, but an uncertain, conflicted candidate. That is the essence of this inside look at the months of 1968 when RFK took on the sitting president and his own party. It is a real-time, visceral, fly-on-the-wall account, embellished with commentary about the country, the electorate, and the party. But it is a surprisingly tough read. It seems to be a flood of reminiscences assembled from Halberstam’s notes at the time. As such they are a good “you are there” scene setter. But as a result, they are also disjointed, inelegant and incomplete. There are numerous places where Halberstam just lost me, because of antecedents. I don’t know whether the “he” refers to the antecedent, or someone else. Often, I turned out to be wrong. Sometimes he starts using someone’s nickname, and I had to figure out who it was. You’re supposed to know most of the characters already, because many get no introduction; they just appear as authorities of one sort or another. You’re supposed to know what ADA and Hickory Hill are. And maddeningly, I had trouble in the first chapter keeping track of whether he was talking about JFK or RFK, because he calls them both Kennedy. As for inside jokes, I still don’t understand why “Who’s the pool TV man getting him when he shaves tomorrow?” (pg 75) is uproariously funny, but seems to deserve brackets and quotes. And fragments of sentences just add to the bumpy ride. There are badly structured sentences, difficult to absorb. I guess in 1969, when the original was published, everything was fresh in the public mind. But it isn’t today. Robert Kennedy saves this book. My favorite moment was in Chicago, where RFK humbled himself in front of Mayor Daley, the godfather of The Machine. Kennedy asked him for support and advice in his campaign, and Daley’s contribution was “Get a haircut.” RFK became more and more radical every day. Every stop, every speech put him in front of more poverty, prejudice and hypocrisy, and it ate away at him. His positions became more and more divorced from the mainstream, until just before the California primary he declared: “My first responsibility is to the United States, not the Democratic Party….Feeling as strongly as I do, I can do nothing other than what I do.” Oh, for a Robert Kennedy in Washington today.
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In a nutshell, Unfinished Odyssey is the campaign story of Robert Kennedy. Halberstam follows Kennedy's entire campaign from his beginning reluctance to run to his fateful ending assassination. Along the way Halberstam paints an interesting picture of the attitudes towards the U.S.'s involvement with the Vietnam war. Those in power who felt the U.S. needed to become more involved were the hawks while those in favor of pulling out were the doves. Kennedy was a dove. He delves into the lives of the supporters and the detractors starting with Lyndon Johnson and ending with Herbert Humphrey. Some issues with Unfinished Odyssey: the chronology is scattered and hard to follow from time to time. Then again, I often find flashbacks in nonfiction are often clunky. Also, I disagreed with Halberstam's ending. Everyone (myself included) expects a story about Robert Kennedy to include his murder. The Unfinished Odyssey of Robert Kennedy is no different. Everyone expects it to include the bitter end. Even if the funeral and country's reaction to Kennedy's death isn't part of the story surely the murder would be. Maybe Halberstam was thinking everyone knows the end of the story, so why include it? It is, after all, called the unfinished odyssey.
The Unfinished Odyssey of Robert Kennedy
Pulitzer Prizewinner David Halberstam's "The Unfinished Odyssey of Robert Kennedy," is better written, more analytic and more judgmental than "85 Days," but ...
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JSTOR: The Unfinished Odyssey of Robert Kennedy.
The Unfinished Odyssey of Robert Kennedy by David Halberstam. New York, Random House, 1968.~2~2 pp. $4.95. This journalistic profile of Robert F. Kennedy is ...
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reporter, formerly for the New York Times, currently for Harper‘s; author of The Unfinished Odyssey of Robert Kennedy 2) Toledano, Ralph de, ...
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WEB REVIEW: The Assassination of Robert F
The Unfinished Odyssey of Robert Kennedy by David Halberstam, is an encyclopedic story of his political life and achievements, mythologising and idolizing ...
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Remembering Robert Kennedy - TIME
The strength of David Halberstam's The Unfinished Odyssey of Robert Kennedy (Random House; $4.95) lies in a felicity of language and a feeling for the ...
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Blackwell Publishing Ltd Oxford, UK HISN Historian 0018-2370 2002 ...
11 Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., Robert F. Kennedy and His Times (Boston, 1978), 843-57; David Halberstam, The Unfinished Odyssey of Robert Kennedy (New York, ...
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David Halberstam, Mississippi writer who lived in West Point ...
1969--The Unfinished Odyssey of Robert Kennedy was published. 1972--The Best and the Brightest was published. 1979--The Powers That Be was published ...
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David Halberstam: Biography and Much More from Answers.com
Then he published The Unfinished Odyssey of Robert Kennedy in 1969. By the time he published Ho in 1971, Halberstam knew the Vietnam war was lost. ...
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