2018 marks the 50th anniversary of perhaps the single most tumultuous year of the 20th century in American history. Not only did Martin Luther King, Jr. fall victim to an assassin’s bullet, but, so too, did Robert F. Kennedy. Protesters were met by armed police at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, resulting in chaos in the streets. The anti-war movement reached its pinnacle, as did the bloody conflict in Vietnam. The birth of the Yippie movement brought one brief moment of possible levity, yet their not so veiled threats to dump LSD into Chicago’s water supply was all too serious. Last but not least, America elected the only president to ever resign the office, Richard M. Nixon.
In light of this quinquagenarian moment, we must take a moment to ruminate about what never was—the thought of a Bobby Kennedy presidency. The younger brother of a president, who started out as a hardline enforcer for his commander in chief brother, to a tough on crime United States Attorney General, then to the United States Senate from his adopted state of New York, and finally to a superstar presidential candidate who captured the support of ethnic minorities, liberals, and young voters, Kennedy is, without a doubt, a shining star in American political history.
To better understand Bobby Kennedy, Four Seasons Books offers up the following offerings:
Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon by Larry Tye
“[Tye] has a keen gift for narrative storytelling and an ability to depict his subject with almost novelistic emotional detail.” - Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit by Chris Matthews
“Matthews is skilled at weaving tension and conflict throughout the book. Matthews does an excellent job of pulling Bobby out from behind any family shadows to give us an in-depth portrait of what could have been.” - New York Journal of Books
The Revolution of Robert Kennedy: From Power to Protest After JFK by John R. Bohrer
“Jack Bohrer has brought us a new, vivid, and absorbing look at Robert Kennedy’s surprising transformation into the audacious hero exalted by American progressives today.” - Michael Beschloss, author of Presidential Courage
Also of interest:
Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics by Lawrence O’Donnell
An illuminating look at one of the most surprising presidential election seasons in US history. O’Donnell examines the fall of President Lyndon Johnson, the tragic death of Robert Kennedy, and the surprising re-emergence and victory of Richard Nixon. A must read for those interested in the 1960s, presidential politics, and RFK fans.
Jack 1939 by Francine Mathews
A fictionalized account of John F. Kennedy’s time spent in Europe as a university student, Mathews crafts a gripping page turner that is equal parts historical novel and spy thriller. Those who enjoy Philip Kerr, John le Carre, and Ian Fleming will certainly want to add this to their shelves.