Robert Kennedy in His Own Words (Magill's Literary Annual 1989)
Robert Kennedy in His Own Words: The Unpublished Recollections of the Kennedy Years confirms the power of oral history to preserve for posterity an era and its manifold voices. In these interviews conducted in the mid-1960’s for the John F. Kennedy Library’s oral history project, Robert Kennedy comes alive through his own words, and he brings with him a substantive, honest, and loving account of his brother, assassinated on November 22, 1963. Less than five years later, on the night that he had won the California primary in the race for the 1968 Democratic presidential nomination, Robert Kennedy himself was shot and killed.
The book’s design makes it accessible. The foreword by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., puts the interviews in context. Well-written and moving, it recalls the exciting early years of a turbulent decade. Schlesinger characterizes the young Robert Kennedy as he is to be revealed to the reader in the following interviews. Candid, bright, a man of passion, nine years junior to his brother the president, Robert Kennedy played a key role in the brief but intense years of the Kennedy Administration. That the interviews began only three months after the president’s death shows how important it was to Robert Kennedy to set the record straight, to see that his brother received the credit he deserved for all he had achieved in domestic and foreign affairs.
Each of the book’s three parts has a brief introduction, and...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 1989)
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Chicago Tribune. May 22, 1988, XIV, p. 3.
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The Guardian. June 3, 1988, p. 29.
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