The Last Campaign

The Last Campaign : Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America

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With new research and previously unavailable interviews, The Last Campaign provides an intimate and absorbing historical narrative that goes right to the heart of America's deepest despairs-and most fiercely held dreams-and tells us more than we had understood before about this complicated man and the heightened dramas of his times. After John F. Kennedy's assassination, Robert Kennedy looked past his own pain to that of this country, and he sought to offer it hope. And when he announced that he was running for president, the country united in hope behind him. Over the action-packed eighty-two days of his campaign, Americans were inspired by Kennedy's promise to lead them toward a better time-until an assassin's bullet stopped this last great stirring public figure of the 1960s. Clarke's The Last Campaign is the definitive account of Robert Kennedy's exhilarating and tragic 1968 campaign for president-and a revelatory history that is especially resonant now.
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  • CD-Audio | 645 pages
  • 132 x 151 x 29mm | 272g
  • Old Saybrook, United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 1598876686
  • 9781598876680
  • 1,768,286

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After John Kennedy's assassination, Robert formerly his brother's no-holds-barred political warrior was left stunned and grieving. He was haunted by his brother s murder and by the nation's failure to address its most pressing challenges race, poverty, and the war in Vietnam. When he announced that he was running for president, much of the country was thrilled to hear his message of healing and hope. Although fearing that there were, as he told one confident, "guns between me and the White House," he risked his life to ask Americans to help him reclaim "the generous impulses that are the soul of this nation."
Kennedy stirred huge crowds, who would often tear his clothes, and moved even the most hard-bitten of journalists and other intimate observers. After spending most of the campaign at Kennedy s side, reporter Richard Harwood, a former marine who had initially been suspicious of Kennedy, asked his editors at the "Washington Post" to replace him, telling them, I m falling in love with the guy.
Four days after Robert Kennedy was assassinated, two million grieving Americans lined the tracks to watch his funeral train carry his body from New York to Washington. In "The Last Campaign," Thurston Clarke explains how one man could have this effect on so many people.

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Clarke&#8217s day-to-day account of the period from March 1968, when Kennedy announced his run, to June 5, when he was assassinated, superbly documents R.F.K.&#8217s antiwar, antipoverty, anticomplacency platform.
"Time Magazine" "
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