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The Resource Bobby Kennedy : the making of a liberal icon, Larry Tye

Bobby Kennedy : the making of a liberal icon, Larry Tye

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Bobby Kennedy : the making of a liberal icon
Title
Bobby Kennedy
Title remainder
the making of a liberal icon
Statement of responsibility
Larry Tye
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Draws on unpublished memoirs, unreleased government files, private papers, and interviews with Kennedy's close family and colleagues to chronicle his transformation from 1950s cold warrior to a liberal champion of the working class, the poor, and minorities
Writing style
Award
Booklist Editors' Choice, 2016
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ It is difficult to envision anyone getting Robert F. Kennedy more right than biographer Tye (Satchel) does in this superb book. Tye beautifully captures Kennedy’s contradictions, his emergence from under the hard-to-like father to whom he remained forever loyal, and his growth into a public figure killed by an assassin’s bullet. It’s also hard to imagine another biographer framing the subject any differently: Tye depicts Kennedy’s transformation from a callow, ruthless, hypocritical, “godawful disagreeable” man to his era’s “most nostalgia-wrapped figure” of “transcendent good,” someone who shifted as his nation changed. Tye equitably concedes that Kennedy’s detractors have much reason to be tough on the man, and his clear depiction of Kennedy’s many blemishes is just one of the book’s many fine qualities. Another is its wonderful readability. In the end, Tye’s subject stands forth as an admirable man. Yes, he often failed to level with people, hid his feelings, and pursued vendettas (notably against Lyndon Johnson). But as Tye shows, R.F.K. at the end of his life warranted the faith people put in him and came close to being the person his admirers thought him to be. Agent: Jill Kneerim, Kneerim & Williams. (July)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 05/16/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 20, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ As a reporter for the Boston Globe from 1986 to 2001, Tye (Superman) covered the Kennedy family. Here the author presents a captivating account of the political career of Robert F. Kennedy (1925–68), from his years as a zealous communist hunter for Joe McCarthy through the 1968 presidential campaign during which he was assassinated at age 42. For this state-of-the-art political biography, Tye conducted 400 interviews with people who worked with Kennedy. He also had access to national archives. The author's admiration for his subject shows, but this is no hagiography. He alludes to Kennedy as the father of dirty political tricks for his assault on Hubert Humphrey in the 1960 election, gives Kennedy mixed reviews for his handling of the 1961 Freedom Riders in Alabama while serving as attorney general, and indicts the senator's memoir Thirteen Days as a self-promoting retelling of the Cuban Missile Crisis. While shedding new light on Kennedy's relationships with Lyndon Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr., Tye ultimately reveals Kennedy as a work in progress who, by the end of his life, had become a beloved advocate for minorities and the poor. VERDICT This absorbing narrative would have been even better if Tye included his summation of Kennedy's legacy. It is a worthy successor to Evan Thomas's Robert Kennedy: His Life. [See Prepub Alert, 1/25/16.] --Mark Hanson (Reviewed 06/15/2016) (Library Journal, vol 141, issue 11, p84)
  • A former journalist at the Boston Globe returns with a comprehensive, thesis-driven account of the political career of Robert Francis Kennedy (1925-1968).Tye (Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero, 2013, etc.) develops the argument that RFK was an evolving human being and politician, a tireless attorney general and senator on whom nothing was lost. The author begins with his association with one McCarthy (Joseph) and ends, more or less, with another (Eugene, whom RFK battled in the 1968 presidential primaries). Relying on countless interviews, including the contributions of RFK's widow, Tye weaves a compelling story of Bobby's changes: his growth from the "ruthless" image his political enemies attached to him to the committed humanitarian, the friend of African-Americans, the enemy of poverty, and the outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War. We see his devoted support of John F. Kennedy's various campaigns, his vigorous performance as attorney general, his devastation after JFK's assassination, his rancorous relationship with Lyndon Johnson. But mostly it's his changes that interest the author. Not the student or scholar that JFK had been, RFK began to read—after the JFK assassination, he read Aeschylus and listened while he shaved to recordings of Shakespeare plays—and to inform himself deeply about the issues. Not a witty, graceful politician like his older brother, RFK worked hard to develop an effective style. Although Tye is a patent admirer, he wonders about RFK's relationship with Marilyn Monroe, and he is also unsure about a possible affair with widow Jackie Kennedy. The author chides RFK for such things as slanting his account of the Bay of Pigs, his perhaps excessive pursuit of Jimmy Hoffa, and his early hawkishness on Vietnam. But the contrary image is clear: a good, if not great man; an unspeakable loss. Richly researched prose that sometimes soars too close to the sun of admiration.(Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2016)
Biography type
individual biography
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10516201
Cataloging source
DLC
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Tye, Larry
Dewey number
  • 973.922092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E840.8.K4
LC item number
T94 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Kennedy, Robert F
  • Kennedy, Robert F
  • United States
  • United States
  • Legislators
  • Legislators
  • Politics and government
  • United States
  • United States
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the making of a liberal icon
Label
Bobby Kennedy : the making of a liberal icon, Larry Tye
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 481-552) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cold warrior -- Crusading -- Brother's keeper -- Getting justice -- Breaking barriers -- Cuba and beyond -- The interregnum -- Off and running -- Senator Kennedy -- Last campaign
Control code
1610952
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxi, 580 pages
Isbn
9780812993349
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2016004991
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780812993349
  • (OCoLC)935987185
Label
Bobby Kennedy : the making of a liberal icon, Larry Tye
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 481-552) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cold warrior -- Crusading -- Brother's keeper -- Getting justice -- Breaking barriers -- Cuba and beyond -- The interregnum -- Off and running -- Senator Kennedy -- Last campaign
Control code
1610952
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxi, 580 pages
Isbn
9780812993349
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2016004991
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780812993349
  • (OCoLC)935987185

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