The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America

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Henry Holt and Company, May 27, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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The definitive account of Robert Kennedy’s exhilarating and tragic 1968 campaign for president—a revelatory history that is especially resonant now

After John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Robert Kennedy—formerly Jack’s no-holds-barred political warrior—almost lost hope. He was haunted by his brother’s murder, and by the nation’s seeming inabilities to solve its problems of race, poverty, and the war in Vietnam. Bobby sensed the country’s pain, and when he announced that he was running for president, the country united behind his hopes. Over the action-packed eighty-two days of his campaign, Americans were inspired by Kennedy’s promise to lead them toward a better time. And after an assassin’s bullet stopped this last great stirring public figure of the 1960s, crowds lined up along the country’s railroad tracks to say goodbye to Bobby.

With new research, interviews, and an intimate sense of Kennedy, Thurston Clarke provides an absorbing historical narrative that goes right to the heart of America’s deepest despairs—and most fiercely held dreams—and tells us more than we had understood before about this complicated man and the heightened personal, racial, political, and national dramas of his times.

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User Review  - Schmerguls - LibraryThing

This 2008 book tells of Bobby Kennedy's 82 days between the time he announced his candidacy on March 18, 1968, and the time he was assassinated in June 1968. There was little in the book I did not ... Read full review

THE LAST CAMPAIGN: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Tremendously moving chronicle of Bobby Kennedy's 1968 run for president.Addressing the needs of a "wounded nation"—mired in the Vietnam War, complacent about poverty and inequity—Senator Kennedy ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Thurston Clarke has written eleven widely acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, including three New York Times Notable Books. His Pearl Harbor Ghosts was the basis of a CBS documentary, and his bestselling Lost Hero, a biography of Raoul Wallenberg, was made into an award-winning NBC miniseries. His articles have appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The Washington Post and many other publications. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and other awards and lives with his wife and three daughters in upstate New York.

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