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Brothers : the hidden history of the Kennedy years
David Talbot
Adult Nonfiction E841 .T29 2007

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Those looking for new insight into John F. Kennedy?s presidency will want to read this meticulously researched chronicle. Talbot, the journalist-founder of online newsmagazine Salon, sticks to the facts, starting with a timeline of then-attorney general Bobby Kennedy?s actions on Nov. 22, 1963, the day his brother, the president, was killed. Immediately suspicious of the CIA, the Mafia and the Cuban exiles they?re involved with, Bobby made it his mission to expose this "shadowy nexus"; much of the book concerns the Kennedy brothers? relationships with members of those factions as they dig for the truth. Talbot profiles friends and enemies, taking readers into JFK?s strained work with Pentagon officials who famously pressured him to take a chance on the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion. Later chapters deal with the aftermath of JFK?s, and then RFK?s, assassinations, and the final chapter contains Talbot?s incisive conclusions on those momentous years. Talbot?s only weakness is in covering too much-with more than 150 original interviews, Talbot is forced to move too quickly from event to event, making his numerous characters hard to keep straight. Still, it?s an admirable feat of reporting, and one that will spark conversation among conspiracy theorists, historians and others who lived through the Kennedy era. (May) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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