Dark Side of Camelot

Dark Side of Camelot

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by Seymour M. Hersh

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This book, written by one of America's top investigative reporters, challenges the popular view of the Kennedy family. Includes 16 pages of photos. See more details below


This book, written by one of America's top investigative reporters, challenges the popular view of the Kennedy family. Includes 16 pages of photos.

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Steve Weinberg
Hersh's relentless reporting led to a high level of factual accuracy in some of the book's high-risk segments, and for me, that level of accuracy provided confidence in the book's larger judgments.
Columbia Journalism Review
Gore Vidal
Hersh is an old-style muckraker. The fact that he's found more muck in this particular Augean stable than most people want to acknowledge is hardly his fault. -- The New Yorker

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Little, Brown and Company
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6.29(w) x 9.48(h) x 1.64(d)

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The Dark Side of Camelot

By Seymour M. Hersh

Back Bay Books

ISBN: 0-316-36067-8

Chapter One

Author's Note

This is not a book about John Kennedy's brilliant moments, and his brilliant policies. Nor is it a book about the awful moment of his death and why he was shot.

John Kennedy's policies and his life contained many superb moments. After his death, his glamour and wit combined with his successes in foreign affairs and domestic policies-real and imagined-to create the myth of Camelot. But there was a dark side to Camelot, and to John Kennedy.

I began writing this book knowing that it would inevitably move into a sensitive area: When is it relevant to report on the private life of a public man? The central finding that emerged from five years of reporting, and more than a thousand interviews with people who knew and worked with John F. Kennedy, is that Kennedy's private life and personal obsessions-his character-affected the affairs of the nation and its foreign policy far more than has ever been known.

This is a book about a man whose personal weaknesses limited his ability to carry out his duties as president. It is also a book about the power of beauty. It tells of otherwise strong and self-reliant men and women who were awed and seduced by Kennedy's magnetism, and who competed with one another to please the most charismatic leader in our nation's history. Many are still blinded today.

In writing this book, my hope is that I have been able to help the nation reclaim some of its history.

Seymour M. Hersh October 1997


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