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Mutual Contempt Lyndon Johnson And Robert Kennedy Loathed Each Other Their Antagonism, Propelled By Clashing Personalities, Contrasting Views, And A Deep, Abiding Animosity, Would Drive Them To A Bitterness So Deep That Even Civil Conversation Was Often Impossible Played Out Against The Backdrop Of The Turbulent 1960s, Theirs Was A Monumental Political Battle That Would Shape Federal Policy, Fracture The Democratic Party, And Have A Lasting Effect On The Politics Of Our Times Drawing On Previously Unexamined Recordings And Documents, As Well As Memoirs, Biographies, And Scores Of Personal Interviews, Jeff Shesol Weaves The Threads Of This Epic Story Into A Compelling Narrative That Reflects The Impact Of LBJ And RFK S Tumultuous Relationship On Politics, Civil Rights, The War On Poverty, And The War In Vietnam As Publishers Weekly Noted, This Is Indispensable Reading For Both Experts On The Period And Newcomers To The History Of That Decade An Exhaustive And Fascinating History Shesol S Grasp Of The Era S History Is Sure, His Tale Often Entertaining, And His Research Awesome Russell Baker, New York Review Of Books Thorough, Provocative The Story Assumes The Dimensions Of A Great Drama Played Out On A Stage Too Vast To Comprehend Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post 1997 Critic S Choice This Is The Most Gripping Political Book Of Recent Years Arthur Schlesinger, Jr A New York Times Notable Book Of The Year

[ Read ] ➫ Mutual Contempt  Author Jeff Shesol – Chainnews.us
  • Paperback
  • 624 pages
  • Mutual Contempt
  • Jeff Shesol
  • English
  • 18 September 2017
  • 0393318559

10 thoughts on “Mutual Contempt


  1. says:

    An enthralling tour of Democratic politics in the 1960s While there seems to be a very slight tendency to force fit a couple events to support his thesis, Jeff Shesol s retelling of the epic struggle between Lyndon Johnson and Robert F Kennedy for the soul of the reform movement of the 1960s is a superlative example of how to write narrative history.It s also a book tinged by sadness you know how it turns out in the end The sadness comes not only from the assassinations you know are comi An enthralling tour of Democratic politics in the 1960s While there seems to be a very slight tendency to force fit a couple events to support his thesis, Jeff Shesol s retelling of the epic struggle between Lyndon Johnson and Robert F Kennedy for the soul of the reform movement of the 1960s is a superlative example of how to write narrative history.It s also a book tinged by sadness you know how it turns out in the end The sadness comes not only from the assassinations you know are coming, but also from a sense longing for what might have been an empowering version of liberalism that might have avoided being undermined and underfunded by Great Society shortcuts, and possibly avoided being short circuited by Vietnam all against the stark reality of what actually came to be And hanging over it all are the events of November 22, 1963 the 50th anniversary of which is coming up next month and, in the early parts of this book, a reminder of what an astonishingly effective pre...


  2. says:

    Fascinating look at the politics of the 1960s viewed through the lens of a fued between two of the most compelling political characters of the 20th century Kennedy is the one who is remembered, but I think LBJ is one of the most fascinating politicans of the modern era an enigma, who was ove...


  3. says:

    Having read all of the Caro books on LBJ I was not sure this book would add much of interest It certainly did, giving a detailed view of the men in the context of their long rivalry and quite frankly their hated for each other I think the author did a fair job of trying to be balanced , with an honest assessment of where some of the fault lines existed in this relationship LBJ could win over politicians that were his equal or even his superiors see Richard Russell and Sam Rayburn but he ju Having read all of the Caro books on LBJ I was not sure this book would add much of interest It certainly did, giving a detailed view of the men in the context of their long rivalry and quite frankly their hated for each other I think the author did a fair job of trying to be balanced , with an honest assessment of where some of the fault lines existed in this relationship LBJ could win over politicians that were his equal or even his superiors see Richard Russell and Sam Rayburn but he just could not crack the personality of Bobby Kennedy It is clear that Kennedy did not wish to be persuaded on the relative merits of LBJ, and that animus led him to make bad judgements His attempt to move LBJ off the ticket in 1960 ...


  4. says:

    Like Shesol says in the introduction, there are few if any books that address the Johnson Kennedy feud without an obvious bias Shesol does a great job in avoiding these biases and unfolds the story of their feud on both sides, with input from both sides, in ways that show both were at fault, in their own ways, to the little triggers and potshots and paranoia that made up the feud Thoroughly engaging and well written, if loose on the impact of the feud Shesol doesn t argue the ultimate co Like Shesol says in the introduction, there are few if any books that address the Johnson Kennedy feud without an obvious bias Shesol does a great job in avoiding these biases and unfolds the...


  5. says:

    I have read many accounts of this time period I have read biographies about both Robert Kennedy and LBJ, I have read work by Arthur Schlesinger and Clark Clifford Several works about Nixon go into his perception of this rivalry A good analogy was drawn in the book It relayed a political cartoon involving a representation of a LBJ as ...


  6. says:

    Could have benefited from editing, as he repeats himself, repeatedly, again and yet again, over and over By the 3rd time, I irritably and irrationally wanted to disagree with the perfectly reasonable assertions.


  7. says:

    The political world has an odd feature Ultimately it is a team sport, and governments and legislatures that are the most effective work together to advance policies and programs designed to improve life in our societies But for the elected officials, there are these hyper individualized moments, especially during election campaigns , where it s all about me So egos, of various shapes and sizes, are part of the game The book Mutual Contempt reveals this truth in crushing detail as it traces The political world has an odd feature Ultimately it is a team sport, and governments and legislatures that are the most effective work together to advance policies and programs designed to improve life in our societies But for the elected officials, there are these hyper individualized moments, especially during election campaigns , where it s all about me So egos, of various shapes and sizes, are part of the game The book Mutual Contempt reveals this truth in crushing detail as it traces the tortuous relationship between Robert F Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson For LBJ, it was a roller coaster of a riding from master of the Senate to the frustrations of the vice presidency to his tragic presidency It was a career of significa...


  8. says:

    Well researched and well written especially with regard to all the many names and characters involved However, this was a hard read This was waydetailed and categorized than I expected Glad to have read it, but it wasn t easy to see it through.


  9. says:

    Kennedy Johnson are both fascinating in their distinctive ways Kennedy privileged, aggressive, passionate idealistic Johnson smart, down home, passionate paranoid Perhaps not the best mix I enjoyed revisiting the history of the sixties via this myopic view If nothing else, it motivates me to find a good biography on both of these men to round out each picture The book is organized not chronologically but rather by issue For instance, the Kennedy vs Johnson approach Kennedy Johnson are both fascinating in their distinctive ways Kennedy privileged, aggressive, passionate idealistic Johnson smart, down home, passionate paranoid Perhaps not the best mix I enjoyed revisiting the hi...


  10. says:

    A detailed examination of the personality feud between Lyndon Johnson and Robert Kennedy Shesol shows the two men at odds almost from their first meeting Johnson s ambivalence towards a 1960 presidential run, his reluctantly becoming John F Kennedy s running mate, and his chafing at the near powerless vice presidency rubbed Bobby Kennedy the wrong way Kennedy came to resent Johnsonfollowing his brother s death, feeling Johnson boorish in his assumption of power and attempts to clothe h A detailed examination of the personality feud between Lyndon Johnson and Robert Kennedy Shesol shows the two men at odds almost from their first meeting Johnson s ambivalence towards a 1960 presidential run, his reluctantly becoming John F Kennedy s running mate, and his chafing at the near powerless vice presidency rubbed Bobby Kennedy the wrong way Kennedy came to resent Johnsonfollowing his brother s death, feeling Johnson boorish in his assumption of power and attempts to clothe himself in JFK s legacy Yet Johnson did his best to appease RFK s ego, keeping him on as Attorney General and helping his New York Senate campaign, until Kennedy soured on the Vietnam War Shesol captures this in meaty, well researched detail, showing the feud generatedby personal slights than political disagreements Still, he may overstate his case Kennedy was relatively Johnny come l...

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