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Mutual Contempt: Lyndon Johnson, Robert Kennedy, and the Feud That Defined a Decade

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2005

    Two Political Titans go at it

    Shesol's book is one of the most comprehensive political treatises of a political fight that I can ever remember. Kennedy and Johnson, prehaps the most bitter political duel in American history after Burr and Hamilton (excuse the pun), engaged in a fued that encapsulated the politics of the time such as Vietnam, JFK's assaisaination, and the Civil Rights. What is most interesting about the book is that both RFK and LBJ equally hated, loathed,feared, and even sometimes admired each other. One fact in the political tract I had never known was that it was Johnson's fear of Bobby that fueled the Vietnam War. Both in essence were fighting for the image of the slain president's memory-Kennedy of course having more credibilty because he was just that-a Kennedy. If one wants to understand the deep schism inside the Democratic Party, this book for you-fought between Kennedy's 'New Democrats' and Johnson's 'New Deal Democrats.'

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