Judie Mills Robert Kennedy: His Life

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Robert Kennedy: His Life

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Chronicles the life of Robert Kennedy, from his birth into the Kennedy clan, through his tenure in the United States Senate and as Attorney General, to his assassination in 1968

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Grade 9 Up-At over 400 pages of text, with 87 pages of notes, this book expands on Barbara Harrison's A Ripple of Hope: The Life of Robert F. Kennedy (Lodestar, 1997). Mills ignores most of the gossip and mythology surrounding the Kennedys and instead focuses on the professional life of the dichotomous seventh child of America's foremost political family. Fighting for attention in his large family, Bobby Kennedy learned to wield power behind the scenes. The book recounts how he orchestrated his brother's successful presidential candidacy and then served as Attorney General in JFK's administration, always exhibiting the conflicting traits he carried with him his whole life-what Mills terms "good Bobby" and "bad Bobby." Good Bobby tried to right social wrongs and serve the underprivileged as a senator and presidential hopeful. Bad Bobby was a ruthless and calculating politician, willing to make enemies to get a job done, e.g., rid America of organized crime. The author keeps the spotlight on her subject's accomplishments; personal glimpses are related in terms of his career. However, the "good Bobby" comes through clearly through the descriptions of his devotion to the underdogs in American society, and to his own family and its legacy. The writing is approachable although Mills has an annoying tendency to use sentence fragments for dramatic effect. Students will appreciate the excellent bibliography and extensive index. Black-and-white photos of Kennedy and those integral to his life enhance the well-researched text.
Carol Fazioli, The Brearley School, New York City, NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 8^-12. As she did in John F. Kennedy (1988), Mills gives an impressive amount of information in a very readable biography. Rather than just skimming the highlights of Robert Kennedy's career, she puts the man into context: first, as the gentle seventh son in a family that admired ruthlessness; later, as his brother John's other half; and finally, after JFK's death, as his own man, one who was tempered by tragedy and emerged as a compassionate crusader for the unrepresented and dispossessed. Besides being the biography of a public figure, this is also the evocation of an era. Young adults will learn not just about Robert Kennedy and his role in American history, they will also get a real sense of the events that shaped the 1960s and how these influences, in turn, defined the man. The length of the narrative will probably deter some readers from picking up the book, but those put off by the size will miss out on a fine example of biography as well as a useful volume for reports on various topics besides Kennedy himself, such as the Kennedy administration, the civil rights movement, and the Vietnam War. The text is illustrated with well-chosen insets of black-and-white photographs. An extensive bibliography shows Mills' wide range of sources. Ilene Cooper

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