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

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The definitive account of Robert Kennedys exhilarating and tragic 1968 campaign for presidenta revelatory history that is especially resonant now

After John F. Kennedys assassination, Robert Kennedyformerly Jacks no-holds-barred political warrioralmost lost hope. He was haunted by his brothers murder, and by the nations seeming inabilities to solve its problems of race, poverty, and the war in Vietnam. Bobby sensed the countrys pain, and when he announced that he was running for president, the country united behind his hopes. Over the action-packed eighty-two days of his campaign, Americans were inspired by Kennedys promise to lead them toward a better time. And after an assassins bullet stopped this last great stirring public figure of the 1960s, crowds lined up along the countrys railroad tracks to say goodbye to Bobby.

With new research, interviews, and an intimate sense of Kennedy, Thurston Clarke provides an absorbing historical narrative that goes right to the heart of Americas deepest despairsand most fiercely held dreamsand tells us more than we had understood before about this complicated man and the heightened personal, racial, political, and national dramas of his times.


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