Book #5: The Revolution of Bobby Kennedy

My goal in 2018 is to read 52 books. Here is a list of all the books I’ve read so far this year. Each book is ranked on a 5-star scale (5 is best).

**** The Revolution of Robert Kennedy: From Power to Protest After JFK

Ok, at this point I think its fair to say that I’m mildly obsessed with Bobby Kennedy. I’ve written about some of the reasons why, including this speech I wish could be given today and his incredible Ripples of Hope speech, but the main gist is that he inspires me to want to be a better person and to continue to realize the many gifts I’ve been given compared to most. I believe, like Bobby, that at the very core of humanity is the belief that you look out for your fellow man and when possible, raise them up.

The best book I’ve read so far on Bobby is Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon. That book first opened my eyes to Bobby’s journey and I thought it did a fantastic job of walking the reader through his life. The Revolution is very solid, but didn’t live up to that first one.

Amazon’s description of The Revolution of Robert Kennedy:

A groundbreaking account of how Robert F. Kennedy transformed horror into hope between 1963 and 1966.

On November 22nd, 1963, Bobby Kennedy received a phone call that altered his life forever. The president, his brother, had been shot. JFK would not survive.

In The Revolution of Robert Kennedy, journalist John R. Bohrer focuses in intimate and revealing detail on Bobby Kennedy’s life during the three years following JFK’s assassination. Torn between mourning the past and plotting his future, Bobby was placed in a sudden competition with his political enemy, Lyndon Johnson, for control of the Democratic Party. No longer the president’s closest advisor, Bobby struggled to find his place within the Johnson administration, eventually deciding to leave his Cabinet post to run for the U.S. Senate, and establish an independent identity. Those overlooked years of change, from hardline Attorney General to champion of the common man, helped him develop the themes of his eventual presidential campaign.

The Revolution of Robert Kennedy follows him on the journey from memorializing his brother’s legacy to defining his own. John R. Bohrer’s rich, insightful portrait of Robert Kennedy is biography at its best–inviting readers into the mind and heart of one of America’s great leaders.

Reasons why you might enjoy this book:

  • You’re a history buff and you haven’t made your way to RFK yet
  • You’ve read some books on Bobby Kennedy and want to dive deeper into the period immediately after JFK’s assassination
  • You’re wanting to remember a time when the presidency was something that people sought in order to make the world a better place, not to only make their world a better place

Reasons why you might not enjoy this book:

  • You simply love what’s happening in our government right now (gulp)
  • You hate super liberal thinking, because that’s where Bobby was during this period