For most of his life, Robert Kennedy stood in the shadow cast by his older brother, John; only after President Kennedy's assassination did the public gain a complete sense of Robert (\u0022Bobby,\u0022 we called him) as a committed advocate for social justice and a savvy politician in his own right. In this comprehensive biography, James W. Hilty offers a detailed and nuanced account of how Robert was transformed from a seemingly unpromising youngster, unlikely to match the accomplishments of his older brothers, to the forceful man who ran \u0022the family business,\u0022 orchestrating the Kennedy quest for political power.
James W. Hilty, Professor of History at Temple University, has written exclusively about the Kennedys including John F. Kennedy: An Idealist Without Illusion. He has also provided political commentaries for various publications including the Philadelphia Inquirer and served as historical consultant for an NBC News syndicated documentary, "Robert F. Kennedy: The Man, The Myth, and the Memories," narrated by Tom Brokaw.
CONTENTS Preface Introduction: Am I My Brother's Keeper? Chapter 1. The Seventh Kennedy Chapter 2. Farewells and Foreboding Chapter 3. "Yes, Dad. Yes, Dad." Chapter 4. Joe McCarthy and the Enemies Within Chapter 5. Investigating Racketeers Chapter 6. Winning Jack the Nomination Chapter 7. Electing Jack President Chapter 8. Justice in the New Frontier Chapter 9. Hoover and Bawdy Tales Chapter 10. Kennedy Aura and Kennedy Promises Chapter 11. The Cauldron of Civil Rights Chapter 12. Toward a Moral Commitment on Civil Rights Chapter 13. The Kennedys and King Chapter 14. "Number One and One-Half" Chapter 15. Missiles of October Chapter 16. Lest Darkness Come Upon You Epilogue: There Has to Be a Morning After Notes Bibliographic Essay Chronology Photograph Credits Index