In Love with Night: The American Romance with Robert Kennedy

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Simon & Schuster, 2001 - History - 224 pages
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More than thirty years after his death, Robert Kennedy remains a potent figure in American mythology, a man equally revered and reviled. In In Love with Night, Ronald Steel looks closely at his character, his achievements, and his failures, to shed new light on the Kennedy legend.He delves into the contradictions of Kennedy's public persona -- an ardent prosecutor who abused the law, a champion of civil rights who allowed the FBI to torment Martin Luther King, a fervent Cold Warrior who opposed the Vietnam War -- and he uncovers the private man who calculatingly built his own legend and died before he was truly tested. In this passionate exploration of an enduring political icon, Steel also illuminates the turbulent sixties and the process of legend-making in America.

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A persuasive study both of the character of Robert Kennedy and of his persistent hold on the national imagination. "At some point," Steel writes (Walter Lippmann and the American Century, 1980 ... Read full review

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The images of Bobby Kennedy as tribune of the poor and the last hope of his generation are, according to Steel (Walter Lippmann and the American Century), enduring myths created by an American public ... Read full review

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Ronald Steel is the author of the award-winning Walter Lippmann and the American Century, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Bancroft Prize, as well as several acclaimed books on American foreign policy. He is a professor of international relations at the University of Southern California and divides his time between Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, California.

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