The Last Campaign

  • by Thurston Clarke
  • Narrated by Pete Larkin
  • 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With new research and previously unavailable interviews, The Last Campaign provides an intimate and absorbing historical narrative that goes right to the heart of America's deepest despairs - and most fiercely held dreams - and tells us more than we had understood before about this complicated man and the heightened dramas of his times.After John F. Kennedy's assassination, Robert Kennedy - formerly Jack's no-holds-barred political warrior - almost lost hope. He was haunted by his brother's murder, and by the nation's seeming inabilities to solve its problems of race, poverty, and the war in Vietnam. Bobby sensed the country's pain, and when he announced that he was running for president, the country united behind his hopes. Over the action-packed 82 days of his campaign, Americans were inspired by Kennedy's promise to lead them toward a better time. And after an assassin's bullet stopped this last great stirring public figure of the 1960s, crowds lined up along the country's railroad tracks to say goodbye to Bobby.Clarke's The Last Campaign is the definitive account of Robert Kennedy's exhilarating and tragic 1968 campaign for president - and a revelatory history that is especially resonant now.

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What the Critics Say

"The Last Campaign is a great read....Thurston Clarke's keen eye for the telling detail and his fast-paced narrative make the The Last Campaign a must-have for any student of American politics." (Tom Brokaw)
"This is a book worthy of the man and that moment, an honorable and unforgettable piece of work. The Last Campaign should be required reading for anyone seeking public office, and for the rest of us, too." (Joel Klein, author of Primary Colors)

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not good political history

Robert Kennedy would have been a great president, certainly far better than the man who won in 1968, perhaps better than his Democrat competitor Hubert Humphrey. But Robert Kennedy was not a saint.

This book was disappointing, by no fault of Audible. The author had terrific source material, much of it primary and not available elsewhere -- many many interviews, unpublished memoirs, journalistic collections -- but he did not make good use of this material He could have told a story that was descriptive and analytic. But he tells a story that is fawning and descriptive. Whenever he encounters an anecdote, a personality quirk, a campaign strategy question, a public speaking attribution, that might reflect badly on RFK, he finds an excuse to turn bad to good, or finds someone else to blame. This made me angrier and angrier, since I had such high hopes for the book

The author also subscribes the the "great man theory" of history, arguing that the entire history of the United States, even the world, would have gone off on another track had RFK survived and been elected. I have no doubt that things would have been better, far better, with RFK than with LBJ or Nixon, but another track? Too much.

Sorry Audible. I would have liked to have given this a good review. The narrator is excellent. The sound quality is excellent.
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- D. Littman "history buff"

Very compelling and inspiring story

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. The sound quality and the narraitor were excellent. This was an intimate, up close look at a unique canidate and campaign during troubled times. I've read the other reviewers complaints that the author was biased and romanticized RFK's campaign. This may be the case but I can recall a few points when the author makes objective points that aren't flattering for RFK. Bottom line, if you're interested in history, politics, the Kennedys, or RFK you'll love this book. There is a wealth of interesting information and campaign stories that wont disappoint.
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- Curtis Nelson "dallasfan"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-27-2008
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books