1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $36.50

Buy for $36.50

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

With rich detail, compelling honesty, and a storyteller’s gift, RFK Jr. describes growing up Kennedy in a tumultuous time in history that eerily echoes the issues of nuclear confrontation, religion, race, and inequality that we confront today.

This powerful book combines the best aspects of memoir and political history. The third child of Attorney General Robert Kennedy and nephew of JFK takes us on a journey through his life, including watershed moments in the history of our nation.

These words come vividly to life with intimate stories of RFK Jr.’s own experiences, not just with historical events and the movers who shaped them, but also with his mother and father, his own struggles with addiction, and the ways he eventually made peace with both his Kennedy legacy and his own demons. The result is a book that is remarkably stirring and relevant, providing both insight and hope for all Americans at a time when they are needed like never before.

©2018 Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

What listeners say about American Values

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    72
  • 4 Stars
    11
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    58
  • 4 Stars
    11
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    63
  • 4 Stars
    8
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Worth a repeat listen, but . . .

It's a good, overall view of life as a Kennedy. According to the author it's well-researched and I can't argue with that as I've read some of the same facts by other reputable authors. It's definitely led me to read more by RFK Jr.

If you're looking for a tell-all book on the family scandals, this isn't it. As the author explains (and I'm paraphrasing here), the family has a policy of not commenting on the more personal aspects of their lives, aka "I won't dignify that remark with a response." Fine by me. One can get plenty of that elsewhere. I don't believe all of the sensationalized stories in the tabloids anyway.

So about the narrator. He really needs to look up word pronunciations. It almost became comical at some point. I can't believe someone who was listening while he was narrating couldn't have corrected him. "Shinnied" does not have a long "i" sound, for example.

All that said, I'm on my third listen. I got my money's worth.

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • M
  • 05-22-18

More than interesting vignettes.

Great narration. I am glad to have the Kennedy story told by a Kennedy. Well done.

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Honest, personal and about time

Great to hear such an open honest account of an amazing family life and upbringing. Some important records set straight in this story. Definitely worth the read.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

An insiders view of a wonderful family

It was endearing to hear about the family, and the stories from someone who actually grew up in the family. I appreciated hearing the joys, accomplishments, determinations, fun, light-hearted side of Jack, as well learning of the struggles. I so appreciated Robert Jr's honesty and openness, regarding addiction, his relationships with various family members, how the assassinations affected him as a young boy, and the rest of the family members. Thank you for sharing your life and your family with us. Such inspiring men and women in this family, yet down to earth.

The narrator's pace was good for me. I was a little uncomfortable when he would attempt to imitate people's voices, such as when quoting a woman, trying to imitate (not well) how a woman would sound, or a southern person or an African American.... Would have rather him read it straight, in his own voice, as a quote and not try to change his voice representing the person he was quoting.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great book! A must have.

Great book well written about a family and the important part they played in American history.
How they ban together in times of trouble and the loss of a father and Uncle that would forever change their life.
Honestly written about the trials and tribulations this historical family had to go through. How his fathers love of nature and animals would forever shape Robert Kennedy Jr and his future. Love this book.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Fascinating Book

This book is invaluable and fascinating for anyone who grew up with JFK and RFK. It’s so interesting to hear from a family member with an inside view rather than hearing outside rumors and opinions. It’s clearly RFK Jr’s perspective and he is an extremely intelligent man who cares, and is carrying forward the Kennedy torches.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

fascinating

highly recommend this read even tho I don't agree with politics of RFKjr excellent and worth it.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Interesting read

Enjoyed hearing his life story and the stories that shaped his family and values.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

American Values

I loved this book! I enjoyed everything about it and learned a lit about both Kennedy boys:Jack and Bobby. And I was young when Jack was assassinated but I knew it was a very sad thing to happen, then Martin Luther King, then Bobby. The history in this book was so much better than history from school. Thank you very much for writing this book!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Fascinating

Having been born after the lives of Jack and Bobby, I find RFK jr’s recollection and candor about his family and life, riveting. This is the stuff you don’t learn in history class. It really gives you a great sense of the sacrifice that great change makers put themselves and their families through.