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Mutual contempt : Lyndon Johnson, Robert Kennedy, and the feud that defined a decade

Author: Jeff Shesol
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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After the death of John Kennedy, LBJ and RFK were the dominant political figures of the 1960s, each fighting for the spotlight, each struggling to emerge from the other's shadow. Their arguments echoed across the nation, as "Johnson men" and "Kennedy men" waged political turf battles and the press portrayed every disagreement as a claim on the legacy of the fallen JFK. By 1968, two men who were once allies had  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Lyndon B Johnson; Robert F Kennedy; Robert F Kennedy; Robert Francis Kennedy; Lyndon Baines Johnson; Lyndon B Johnson; Robert F Kennedy; Lyndon B Johnson; Robert F Kennedy
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeff Shesol
ISBN: 039304078X 9780393040784 0393318559 9780393318555
OCLC Number: 36260113
Description: xi, 591 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Prelude to a feud --
The affront --
The vice president and the assistant president --
Two heirs apparent --
A heavy reckoning --
Uneasy alliance --
The Bobby problem --
Get on the Johnson-Kennedy team --
"Little potshots" --
A wider war --
Hawk, dove, or chicken? --
All-out loyalty --
Shadowboxing --
Malapropaganda --
Praising Brutus --
"Later than we think" --
RFK vs. LBJ --
Between myth and martyrdom.
Responsibility: Jeff Shesol.

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After the death of John Kennedy, LBJ and RFK were the dominant political figures of the 1960s, each fighting for the spotlight, each struggling to emerge from the other's shadow. Their arguments echoed across the nation, as "Johnson men" and "Kennedy men" waged political turf battles and the press portrayed every disagreement as a claim on the legacy of the fallen JFK. By 1968, two men who were once allies had become bitter rivals for the presidency of the United States. Drawing on previously unexamined recordings and documents, as well as memoirs, biographies, and scores of personal interviews, Jeff Shesol weaves the threads of this story into a tight and gripping narrative that reflects the profound impact of this relationship on politics, civil rights, the war on poverty, and the war in Vietnam. Like a Greek tragedy played out on a nation's center stage, this book provides a prism through which to view two men, their times, and the nature of power.

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