For decades, books about John or Rbt Kennedy have woven either a tale of Camelot or a tawdry story of ambition & reckless personal behavior. But the real story of the Kennedys in the 1960s has long been submerged. Brothers: The Hidden History ofMoreFor decades, books about John or Rbt Kennedy have woven either a tale of Camelot or a tawdry story of ambition & reckless personal behavior.
But the real story of the Kennedys in the 1960s has long been submerged. Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years sheds a new light on the inner life of the Kennedy presidency & its aftermath. Talbot, founder of Salon.com, has written a political history thats sure to be much talked-about. Brothers begins on the afternoon of 11/22/63, as a stricken Robert Kennedy urgently demands answers about the assassination of his brother.
His suspicions immediately focus on the nest of CIA spies, gangsters & Cuban exiles whod long plotted a violent regime change in Cuba. The Kennedys had struggled to control this swamp of anti-Castro intrigue based in southern Florida, but with little success. Brothers then shifts back in time, revealing the shadowy conflicts that tore apart the Kennedy administration, pitting the president & his younger brother against their own national security apparatus.
The Kennedy brothers & a small circle of their trusted advisors--men like Theodore Sorensen, Robert McNamara & Ken ODonnell, who were so close the Kennedys regarded them as family--repeatedly thwarted Washingtons warrior caste. These hard-line generals & spymasters were hell-bent on a showdown with Communism--in Berlin, Laos, Vietnam & especially Cuba. But the Kennedys frustrated their militaristic ambitions, pushing for a peaceful resolution to the Cold War.
The tensions within the administration were headed for an explosive climax, when gunfire in Dallas terminated JFKs presidency. Based on interviews with over 150 people--including many of the Kennedys aging band of brothers, whose testimony here may be their final word on this political story--as well as newly released government documents, Brothers reveals the untold story of those years, including JFKs efforts to keep the country out of war & Bobbys secret quest to solve his brothers murder.
Bobbys subterranean search was a dangerous one & led, in part, to his own quest for power in 1968, in a campaign that ended with his own murder. RFK may have been the victim of the same plotters he suspected of killing his brother. This is history at its best--meticulously researched & movingly told. Brothers is a sprawling narrative about the clash of powerful men & the darker side of the Cold War--a tale of tragic grandeur that will change our understanding of the Kennedy saga.