Camelot's Court

Camelot's Court

Inside the Kennedy White House

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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In his acclaimed biography of JFK, Robert Dallek revealed Kennedy, the man and the leader, as never before. In Camelot's Court, he takes an insider's look at the brain trust whose contributions to the successes and failures of Kennedy's administration were indelible. Kennedy purposefully assembled a dynamic team of advisers noted for their brilliance and acumen, among them Attorney General Robert Kennedy, his "adviser-in-chief"; Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara; Secretary of State Dean Rusk; National Security Adviser McGeorge Bundy; and trusted aides Ted Sorensen and Arthur Schlesinger. Yet the very traits these men shared also created sharp divisions. Far from unified, JFK's administration was an uneasy band of rivals whose personal ambitions and clashing beliefs ignited fiery debates behind closed doors. With skill and balance, Dallek details the contentious and critical issues of Kennedy's years in office, including the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, civil rights, and Vietnam. He illuminates a president who believed deeply in surrounding himself with the best and the brightest, yet who often found himself disappointed in their recommendations. The result is a striking portrait of a leader whose wise resistance to pressure and adherence to personal principles, particularly in matters of foreign affairs, offer a cautionary tale for our own time. Meticulously researched and masterfully written, Camelot's Court is an intimate tour of a tumultuous White House and a new portrait of the men whose powerful influence shaped the Kennedy legacy.
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062283849
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (16hr., 50 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Sklar, Alan
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Dec 09, 2013

As far as real scholarship goes, this book is atrocious! Any interested reader would be far better served simply reading the several chapters of Harvard professor Richard Parker's biography on John Kenneth Galbraith covering his time with President Kennedy's administration. For the really interested reader, try Prof. Donald Gibson's outstanding, "Battling Wall Street: the Kennedy presidency" - - this book is soooo lacking I don't believe a substandard rating exists for it? (You want to scream at this so-called "author" - - "DID YOU EVEN BOTHER TO READ ANY OF JFK'S LEGISLATION SUPPORTED, HIS PROGRAMS, HIS PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVES AND EXECUTIVE ORDERS, HIS COPIOUS CORRESPONDENCE AND NOTES, FOR GOD'S SAKES?????" [Evidently not!]) If Dallek really is (as the conservative Journal reviewer claims elsewhere), "one of our most distinguished historians" then it becomes obvious why this country is in so much ethical and moral trouble today!

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