Robert Kennedy: Brother Protector

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Temple University Press, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 672 pages
For most of his life, Robert Kennedy stood in the shadow cast by his older brother, John; only after President Kennedy's assassination did the public gain a complete sense of Robert ("Bobby," we called him) as a committed advocate for social justice and a savvy politician in his own right. In this comprehensive biography, James W. Hilty offers a detailed and nuanced account of how Robert was transformed from a seemingly unpromising youngster, unlikely to match the accomplishments of his older brothers, to the forceful man who ran "the family business," orchestrating the Kennedy quest for political power.
 

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A fine study of the assassinated senator's contribution to national politics. That we speak at all of a Kennedy legacy is because of Robert Kennedy, writes historian Hilty (Temple Univ.), who has also ... Read full review

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Hilty (history, Temple Univ.) offers an important new study of RFK as lifelong defender and promoter of his brother, President John Kennedy. This fascinating, perceptive biography reveals a man ... Read full review

Contents

Am I My Brothers Keeper?
1
The Seventh Kennedy
9
Farewells and Foreboding
33
Yes Dad Yes Dad
59
Joe McCarthy and the Enemies Within
75
Investigating Racketeers
99
Winning Jack the Nomination
133
Electing Jack President
155
Toward a Moral Commitment on Civil Rights
335
The Kennedys and King
373
Number One and OneHalf
405
Missiles of October
441
Lest Darkness Come upon You
457
There Has to Be a Morning After
485
Notes
499
Bibliographic Essay
601

Justice in the New Frontier
183
Hoover and Bawdy Tales
223
Kennedy Aura and Kennedy Promises
257
The Cauldron of Civil Rights
289
Chronology
611
Photograph Credits
617
Index
619
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James W. Hilty, Professor of History at Temple University, has written exclusively about the Kennedys including John F. Kennedy: An Idealist Without Illusion. He has also provided political commentaries for various publications including the Philadelphia Inquirer and served as historical consultant for an NBC News syndicated documentary, "Robert F. Kennedy: The Man, The Myth, and the Memories," narrated by Tom Brokaw.

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