The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years

Book - 2007
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For decades, books about John or Robert Kennedy have woven either a shimmering tale of Camelot gallantry or a tawdry story of runaway ambition and reckless personal behavior. But the real story of the Kennedys in the 1960s has long been submerged -- until now. InBrothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years, David Talbot sheds a dramatic new light on the tumultuous inner life of the Kennedy presidency and its stunning aftermath. Talbot, the founder of, has written a gripping political history that is sure to be one of the most talked-about books of the year.Brothersbegins on the shattering afternoon of November 22, 1963, as a grief-stricken Robert Kennedy urgently demands answers about the assassination of his brother. Bobby's suspicions immediately focus on the nest of CIA spies, gangsters, and Cuban exiles that had long been plotting 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.Brothersthen shifts back in time, revealing the shadowy conflicts that tore apart the Kennedy administration, pitting the young president and his even younger brother against their own national security apparatus. The Kennedy brothers and a small circle of their most trusted advisors -- men like Theodore Sorensen, Robert McNamara, and Kenneth O'Donnell, who were so close the Kennedys regarded them as family -- repeatedly thwarted Washington's warrior caste. These hard-line generals and spymasters were hell-bent on a showdown with the Communist foe -- in Berlin, Laos, Vietnam, and especially Cuba. But the Kennedys continually frustrated their militaristic ambitions, pushing instead for a peaceful resolution to the Cold War. The tensions within the Kennedy administration were heading for an explosive climax, when a burst of gunfire in a sunny Dallas plaza terminated John F. Kennedy's presidency.Based on interviews with more than one hundred fifty people -- including many of the Kennedys' aging "band of brothers," whose testimony here might be their final word on this epic political story -- as well as newly released government documents,Brothersreveals the compelling, untold story of the Kennedy years, including JFK's heroic efforts to keep the country out of a cataclysmic war and Bobby Kennedy's secret quest to solve his beloved brother's murder. Bobby's subterranean search was a dangerous one and led, in part, to his own quest for power in 1968, in a passion-filled campaign that ended with his own murder. As Talbot reveals here, RFK might have been the victim of the same plotters he suspected of killing his brother. This is historical storytelling at its riveting best -- meticulously researched and movingly told.Brothersis a sprawling narrative about the clash of powerful men and the darker side of the Cold War -- a tale of tragic grandeur that is certain to change our understanding of the relentlessly fascinating Kennedy saga.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2007.
ISBN: 9780743269186
Branch Call Number: 973. 922 KEN T
Characteristics: xiv, 478 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.


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Nov 06, 2014

The nation's worst ills (and those of our victims abroad) were brought about by a small band of psychopathic "patriots" running the CIA and military upheld by broad, implicit Establishment/media support. This is well-analyzed, but the book fails to indict coup-plotter Lyndon Johnson. Which is more disgraceful: the murder of JFK -- or the continuing Establishment effort to shield the coup by defending the fraudulent Warren Report and seeking to frighten and ridicule conspiracy researchers?

Jun 20, 2012

".. their most trusted advisors -- men like Theodore Sorensen, Robert McNamara, and Kenneth O'Donnell, who were so close the Kennedys regarded them as family.." Ted Sorensen would later praise Peter G. Peterson as a "great patriotic American (Peterson, long a David Rockefeller lackey, would found the Peterson Institute, dedicated to ending Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security, and offshoring as many American jobs as possible, and promoting adherence to the WTO's Financial Services Agreement). An embattled presidency? The joint chiefs of staff were itching to nuke the Soviet Union and run a false flap op in the USA to ensure this happened? The Kennedy Administration filthy with Rockefeller Brothers Fund trustees? Averell Harriman ignoring President Kennedy's directions, and instead of pursueing peace in Hanoi, Harriman pursues war; and is about to be fired by the Kennedy administration? A truly outstanding and must-read book on Real American History, and why things continue so messed up today. Mr. Talbot covers the most current, up-to-date information, whether declassified KGB files, the detailed relations between the joint chiefs of staff and the president, this book is truly eye opening! This book is number two in the Real American Curriculum: (1) "Battling Wall Street: the Kennedy presidency" by Donald Gibson /// (2) "Brothers" by David Talbot /// (3) "JFK and the Unspeakable" by James Douglass /// (4) "A Terrible Mistake" by H. P. Albarelli /// (5) "Family of Secrets" by Russ Baker /// (6) "Mary's Mosaic" by Peter Janney /// (7) "The Kennedy Assassination Coverup" by Donald Gibson /// (8) "Thy Will Be Done" by Gerard Colby with Charlotte Dennett /// (9) "Rockefellerocracy: the Kennedy assassination, Watergate and the monopoly of philanthropic foundations" by Richard James DeSocio /// (10) "Conspiracy Theory in America" by Lance deHaven-Smith --- read all ten and you will fully grasp modern times. (This book made me cry.)

mikeyppl Mar 19, 2012

I'm not much of a conspiracy buff but I found this book quite realistic.

Caminodepaz May 17, 2010

I have been hibernating in the cold the past 30 years and did not realize the truth about the brothers'assassinations was slowly leaking out, so this was all (bad) news for me. If you don't yet know why the Kennedy brothers died, you will want to read this. It is told from Bobby's point of view. He had to live with the fact that he, as attorney general, was charged with preventing his brother's death. So his mission was to try to discover who did it and why.

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