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A Common Good

Author: Helen O'Donnell
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1480437794
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An illuminating account of the history-making friendship between RFK and the chief of staff to JFK—a bond built on shared ideals, but severed by tragedy. When they first met at Harvard in 1946, young Bobby Kennedy and Kenny O’Donnell could not have imagined where their lives would take them. Teammates on both the football and debate teams, they formed a partnership that would sustain them through the years, from Robert Kennedy’s tenure as attorney general to O’Donnell’s years as John F. Kennedy’s chief of staff. Together they lived, worked, and struggled through some of the most pivotal moments of the twentieth century, including the assassination of JFK in Dallas. Their harmonious relationship was cut short only by Bobby’s own tragic death. With full access to the Kennedy family archives, Helen O’Donnell brings an inspiring personal and political alliance to life. With A Common Good, she amply fulfills the promise she made to her late father to honor and preserve his memories of Robert F. Kennedy for future generations. Kirkus Reviews hails A Common Good as “a moving and intimate study of a unique friendship but also of the time and place, now long ago, in which this friendship formed and blossomed.” O’Donnell “set out to write ‘a good book about two good men.’ In this she has succeeded.”

The Irish Brotherhood

Author: Helen O'Donnell
Publisher: Counterpoint
ISBN: 1619025086
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The Irish Brotherhood is the history of Jack Kennedy’s original political inner circle. Led by Bobby Kennedy, Kenny O’Donnell, Larry O’Brien, and Dave Powers they were tough minded, Irish-Catholic guys who were joined together by a common ambition to see Jack Kennedy through to the White House. War veterans who were young, ambitious, and they wanted their country back. Jack Kennedy was their man, their leader. No matter that he was Irish, Catholic, and his “Old Man” had made as many enemies as friends – Jack had ambition, brains, a special charisma. To win the White House would be a victory not only for Jack Kennedy, but for the downtrodden. They collectively decided that if the political powers would not let them in willingly then they would kick the door down. At the center of the story is Kenny O’Donnell, Jack Kennedy’s tough talking, no-bullshit, top political aide. Jack recognized he needed Kenny’s blue collar, political genius and Kenny recognized something special in Jack. The Irish Brotherhood describes what it was like to be inside the Kennedy inner circle. With Bobby, who was determined to make his own mark apart from his famous family, his life-long struggle, never won, never lost. With Joe, as Kenny and Larry prove to him that their outsider approach was going to work after Jack’s crushing victory in ’58, which sets the stage for the Presidential campaign to come. This book is a missing piece of the story of the improbable rise to power of John F. Kennedy and further fills out the picture of the man revealing that Jack Kennedy was at heart a politician. He enjoyed the rough and tumble and despite his personal issues, or perhaps because of them, he became determined to succeed beyond anybody’s expectations. It is intriguing an indelible portrait of the son, brother, friend, Congressman, Senator and President.

Johnny We Hardly Knew Ye

Author: Kenneth P. O'Donnell
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781480437838
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This classic New York Times bestseller is an illuminating portrait of JFK--from his thrilling rise to his tragic fall--by two of the men who knew him best. As a politician, John Fitzgerald Kennedy crafted a persona that fascinated and inspired millions--and left an outsize legacy in the wake of his murder on November 22, 1963. But only a select few were privy to the complicated man behind the Camelot image. Two such confidants were Kenneth P. O'Donnell, Kennedy's top political aide, and David F. Powers, a special assistant in the White House. They were among the president's closest friends, part of an exclusive inner circle that came to be known as the "Irish Mafia." In Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye, O'Donnell and Powers share memories of Kennedy, his extraordinary political career, and his iconic family--memories that could come only from intimate access to the man himself. As they recount the full scope of Kennedy's journey--from his charismatic first campaign for Congress to his rapid rise to national standing, culminating on that haunting day in Dallas--O'Donnell and Powers lay bare the inner workings of a leader who is cherished and mourned to this day, in a memoir that spent over five months on the New York Times bestseller list.

The Kennedy Brothers

Author: Richard D. Mahoney
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1628727624
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Eight years apart in age, John F. and Robert F. Kennedy were wildly different in temperament and sensibility. Jack was the leader—charismatic, ironic, capable of extraordinary growth and reach, yet also reckless. Bobby was the fearless, hardworking Boy Scout—unafraid of dirty work and ruthless about protecting his brother and destroying their enemies. Jack, it was said, was the first Irish Brahman, Bobby the last Irish Puritan. As Richard D. Mahoney demonstrates with brilliant clarity in this impeccably documented, magisterial book, the Kennedys lived their days of power in dangerous, trackless territory. Mahoney gives us the Kennedy days and years as we have never before seen them. Here are Jack and Bobby in all their hubris and humanity, youthfulness and fatalism. Here, also, is American history as it unfolds. With a new foreword by David Talbot, The Kennedy Brothers is a masterful account of two men whose legacy continues to hold the American imagination.

Sons Brothers

Author: Richard D. Mahoney
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
ISBN: 9781559704809
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An intimate and powerful portrait of the Kennedy brothers details their extraordinary bond based on their shared belief of tragic destiny, in a meticulously researched biography. 125,000 first printing.

The Kennedy Family

Author: S. J. Fuller
Publisher: Nova Publishers
ISBN: 9781594543630
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America has no official royalty by design. Yet there have been the Roosevelts, the Adams, the Bushes, the wanabee Clintons and most intriguing of all -- the Kennedys. The Kennedys have so far only reached the presidency once but the assassination of JFK and his brother Robert, and the trials and tribulations of the family members and society in general continue to fascinate the world. This new book presents more than 1200 citations of books and related materials arranged by family member. The accompanying CD-ROM offers ready access and easy searching.

John F Kennedy

Author: Michael O'Brien
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312357450
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A portrait of the thirty-fifth president draws on newly released government archive material and the JFK library to offer insights into both his strengths and character flaws.

An Honorable Profession

Author: Pierre Salinger
Publisher: Main Street Books
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A collection of writings honoring Robert F. Kennedy includes letters, editorials, and essays by political leaders, journalists, ordinary citizens, and others

Jack Kennedy

Author: Chris Matthews
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781451635102
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The critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling biography of John F. Kennedy, by Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball. “What was he like?” Jack Kennedy said the reason people read biography is to answer that basic question. What was he like, this man whose own wife called him “that elusive, unforgettable man?” In this New York Times bestselling biography, Chris Matthews answers that question with the verve of a novelist. We see this most beloved president in the company of friends. We see and feel him close-up, having fun and giving off that restlessness of his. We watch him navigate his life from privileged, rebellious youth to gutsy American president. We witness his bravery in war and selfless rescue of his PT boat crew. We watch JFK as a young politician learning to play hardball and watch him grow into the leader who averts a nuclear war. Matthews’s extraordinary biography is based on personal interviews with those closest to JFK, oral histories by top political aide Kenneth O’Donnell and others, documents from his years as a student at Choate, and notes from Jacqueline Kennedy’s first interview after Dallas. As Matthews writes: “I found a fighting prince never free of pain, never far from trouble, never accepting the world he found, never wanting to be his father’s son. He was a far greater hero than he ever wished us to know.” “Filled with the vitality and spirit that made Jack Kennedy such a magical figure. Chris Matthews shows the cunning and determination beneath that magic. It’s an awesome and delightful book.” —Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs

Robert F Kennedy And The Death Of American Idealism

Author: Joseph A. Palermo
Publisher: Longman
ISBN: 9780321386106
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At the forefront of the social movements and political crises that gripped America in the 1950s and 1960s, Robert F. Kennedy saw, advised and led the United States through some of the most epochal events in the 20th century. This newest edition in the Library of American Biography Series chronicles the life of Robert F. Kennedy from his time as a boy growing up amidst the turmoil of the Great Depression and World War II to his rise as a central figure in the national debate on communism, poverty, civil rights, and the war in Vietnam. The titles in the Library of American Biography Series make ideal supplements for American History Survey courses or other courses in American history where figures in history are explored. Paperback, brief, and inexpensive, each interpretative biography in this series focuses on a figure whose actions and ideas significantly influenced the course of American history and national life. At the same time, each biography relates the life of its subject to the broader themes and developments of the times.