I received a free Kindle copy of this book courtesy of Net Galley and Random House the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my blog site. I also posted reviews on my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.
I requested this book as I have a keen interest in American history, presidents and the Kennedy family in general. It is the first book by Larry Tye that I have read.
This is a well researched, informative and engaging book. It is written in a style that makes it easy to follow and everything is in chronological order. The book only contains ten chapters and an epilogue, but the chapters are quite lengthy. This makes it difficult at times to read one in one sitting. That said, it is still a comprehensive and interesting read.
It covers the life of Robert Kennedy from childhood to his assassination and clearly illustrates his development from a somewhat conservative war hawk to a liberal peace candidate. The book focuses on his need to be directly involved in the causes he supported by physically visiting the poor throughout the United States and in other nations. He was different from most other politicians in that he did not simply drive by and say “how awful, we need to do something” and the promptly forget the issue. He waded in and then relayed the personal stories of those he visited.
I recommend this book for anyone with an interest in the Kennedy family and in Bobby Kennedy in particular.