From New York Times best-selling author Jerry Oppenheimer comes a sensational biography of the son of the legendary senator and troubled standard bearer of America's most fabled political dynasty. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., inherited his assassinated father's piercing blue eyes and Brahmin style, earning a reputation as the nation's foremost environmental activist and lawyer - the "toxic avenger" - battling corporate polluters. But in this, the most revelatory portrait ever of a Kennedy, Oppenheimer places Bobby, Jr., leader of the third generation of America's royal family, under a journalistic microscope. Based on scores of exclusive, candid on-the-record interviews, public and private records, and correspondence, Jerry Oppenheimer paints a balanced, objective portrait of this virtually unaccounted-for scion of the Kennedy dynasty. Like his slain father, the iconic senator and presidential hopeful, RFK, Jr., was destined for political greatness. Why it never happened is revealed in this first-ever biography of him.
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Much is made of the opportunities and adoration which the Kennedy family enjoy (or are subjected to) simply because of who they are. The same holds true for this book - it is unlikely to have been written if the subject had been an everyday Joe Blow. Some sympathy must attach to RFK Jr for the extraordinary series of tragedies which have blighted his life and family, and his genetic inheritance boded ill from the start, but I just found 'Bobby' to be a big bore. The author has put it together in a readable somewhat gossipy style, and the narrator does a fine job with the material, but from about the halfway point I was looking forward to the end. Sex, drugs, and irresponsible behaviour, even when attached to a famous name, are not enough to carry a full-length biography.
I love the last 150 years of history. Bully Pulpit and the Wilson biography absolute best!
This is a snarky, lightweight author who can't even get the date of JFK's assassination right. One crumb of gossip after another. Poorly researched and dependent on rumor and hearsay. He is also clearly biased against gays.
The narrator is also sarcastic and no fun to hear. Not even one star! I returned it.
Very well written and well researched biography. Unfortunately, the subject is a very uninteresting and uncompelling fellow, who really didn't merit an entire book devoted to him.
Tells what everyone knows but is afraid to say out loud due to the "Kennedy repercussions". Entitled from birth, raised to be a selfish, self serving spoiled adult leave a trail of destruction everywhere he goes and sees nothing wrong.
I would but why spend money to confirm what you already know?
I liked it. Tried to represent the book accurately.
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