85 days: The Last Campaign of Robert Kennedy by Jules Witcover85 days: The Last Campaign of Robert Kennedy by Jules Witcover

85 days: The Last Campaign of Robert Kennedy

byJules WitcoverIntroduction byEdward M. Kennedy

Paperback | March 22, 2016

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The “definitive account” (Washington Post) of Robert F. Kennedy’s seminal presidential campaign.

85 Days is veteran Washington journalist Jules Witcover’s masterpiece of political reportage. It brilliantly captures a lost moment in time when the politics of conviction seemed to converge with America’s youth movement in opposition to the Vietnam War. At its center was the charismatic Robert F. Kennedy, brother of the slain President John F. Kennedy. Robert Kennedy’s impassioned opposition to the Vietnam War, and his vision for a more egalitarian United States, launched him on one of the most memorable, though brief, campaigns in U.S. political history.

Witcover’s driving narrative follows Kennedy’s campaign throughout the primary season, as Kennedy mulled a run, developed his core issues and supporter base, and shot to the top of the polls, culminating in a victory in California just two days before he was tragically killed. A timeless work of political journalism, 85 Days captures the character and spirit of a man who came to symbolize an unforgettable era in America.

Jules Witcover is one of the most distinguished and recognized of the veteran Washington correspondents. A former political columnist for the Baltimore Sun, he is the author of numerous books, including 85 Days: The Last Campaign of Robert Kennedy, Very Strange Bedfellows: The Short and Unhappy Marriage of Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew...
Title:85 days: The Last Campaign of Robert KennedyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.84 inPublished:March 22, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Inside Look Into Bobby's Inspiring Presidential Campaign 85 Days by Jules Witcover documents the hastily put-together presidential campaign of Robert F. Kennedy. Although his campaign began too late and ended too soon, the lasting impression Bobby left to those he touched would live on far past his untimely death. The book focuses on Kennedy’s drive to end the racial injustice that still surrounded many parts of the United States while introducing his dark humour and empathetic personality to a wider audience than those close to him. Throughout the 1960s, racial injustice had reached its boiling point. As attorney general in his brother’s cabinet, Bobby was at first uncertain with taking a stand on civil rights fearing it would affect John F. Kennedy’s campaign for re-election. Realizing that dehumanizing a huge group of people within the United States could never bring the country together in peace, Bobby made it his duty to fight for racial equality. Branching out into his own campaign for the presidency, it was inspiring to see who Bobby was on the campaign trail was actually who he was behind the scenes. There was one line that drove home that point: “He identified with people who hurt. Maybe it was because he hurt.” Obviously having a brother like JFK and the way he died is tragic. By Bobby running for president, he was going to live in JFK’s shadow until he lived up to expectations. Compared to his brother, who aimed towards broadening our ideas, Bobby opened up America’s eyes to the injustice and racism that plagued its own land. Lack of proper education and extremely poor housing conditions in black ghettos would be the basis of his campaign. Beyond that, he inspired those that around him. Anyone he shook hands with or spoke to were immediately captivated by him. Although he could be awkward at times, by the campaign trail he was a complete rockstar. Bobby reminded everyone so much of John. Not only did he have a similar outlook on the direction America should take towards the future, but looked and spoke just like him. He was a painful reminder of what once was and the vast majority of people in the United States desperately wanted a restoration of power to their Royal Family. Regardless of how people knew about Bobby, they fell in love almost instantly. His campaign for the presidency only last a mere 85 days, but his legacy lives on for much longer than any campaign ever could. He gave a powerful voice to minorities that had never been heard before by a white politician. Who knows what Bobby could have accomplished as President of the United States if he was afforded the opportunity.
Date published: 2018-05-05