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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Customer Reviews

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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

It was more than Indiana, more than South Dakota

Thurston Clarke has written a panoramic history of a few days in 1968. The world changed in 1968, but not for the better with the loss of Bobby Kennedy. The thrill of the campaign becomes more exciting with the backdrop of all the other major events of that year. Clarke transports us to Bobby's inner circle where we are privy to the grand swells and the meaningless minutiae of Bobby's death defying run for the Democratic nomination. Death defying because everyone - even Bobby - believed that Bobby's death was the inevitable end of the campaign. We experience Bobby's rapid evolution into a peoples candidate - even of people who eventually "had to" vote for Wallace instead of Bobby.

We sit in the car with Bobby when he is accosted by Ernesto Jaurez who says, "Remember my name." We hold our breathe when Bobby throws all caution to the wind and does two things on that final evening in L.A. that he would never ever do any other time during the campaign.

Clarke has written a history which resounds with the era and the man. It's a great and bittersweet listen.

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- Craig

Book Details

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