Gospel According to RFK: Why It Matters Now

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New Expanded Edition to Commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s 1968 Presidential Campaign. With 30 pages of new material. “He was in many ways the greatest president we never had,” writes Norman MacAfee in a new introduction to this revised edition of The Gospel According to RFK: Why It Matters Now. In the 81 days of his campaign, RFK outlined what seems today a redemptive vision for America: ending war and decreasing the gap between the races and classes, between rich and poor, black and brown and...
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Overview


New Expanded Edition to Commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s 1968 Presidential Campaign. With 30 pages of new material. “He was in many ways the greatest president we never had,” writes Norman MacAfee in a new introduction to this revised edition of The Gospel According to RFK: Why It Matters Now. In the 81 days of his campaign, RFK outlined what seems today a redemptive vision for America: ending war and decreasing the gap between the races and classes, between rich and poor, black and brown and white. And then he was assassinated on June 5. But his words and thoughts and speeches remain to challenge and inspire. Included in The Gospel According to RFK are Kennedy’s lengthy condemnation of war and his extraordinary, extemporaneous eulogy for Martin Luther King. Speeches new to this edition include “On the Mindless Menace of Violence” and Senator Edward Kennedy’s eulogy for his brother at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. The Gospel According to RFK is filled with ideas that can be used to make a better world. It is for Democrats, liberals, independents, progressives and even some Republicans to read for inspiration and guidance. As Kennedy said, “Together we can make ourselves a nation that spends more on books than on bombs, more on hospitals than the terrible tools of war, more on decent houses than military aircraft.”
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What People Are Saying

Vine Deloria Jr.
A badly needed corrective offering compassion, understanding, and optimism.
— (Vine Deloria, Jr., author of Custer Died for Your Sins)
Robert F. Drinan
Robert F. Drinan, S.J., Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
Those who read this inspiring volume will acquire a deeper admiration and gratitude for Kennedy than they ever had before.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465003587
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 3/31/2008
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,200,047
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Norman MacAfee's other books include the poetry books, One Class; The Coming of Fascism to America; and A New Requiem; and The Death of the Forest, opera to music of Charles Ives. MacAfee co-translated a volume of the poetry of Pier Paolo Pasolini; two volumes of the letters of Jean-Paul Sartre to Simone de Beauvoir, Witness to My Life and Quiet Moments in a War; and Victor Hugo's Les Misérables. He lives in New York City.
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Table of Contents

1 "These are not ordinary times and this is not an ordinary election" 11
2 Ending the war 19
3 The other America 37
4 The destiny of dissent 43
5 National reconciliation 49
6 California rallies 55
7 The grand alliance 59
8 "... through the eyes of the poor" 63
9 The spirit of the young 67
10 Johnson withdraws 73
11 Community development 77
12 On the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. 83
13 In black America 87
14 The art of peace 97
15 Celebration in Brooklyn 105
16 Ending hunger and malnutrition 109
17 No more Vietnams 113
18 Health care 119
19 The American farmland 125
20 The question of welfare 129
21 The new politics 133
22 Cleaning our air and our waters 139
23 Victory 143
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2006

    The Shining Light of Camelot

    A wonderful collection of speeches done by the last great liberal and first 'New Democrat.' In this collection of speeches, one gets a sense of loss as to how much we lost when RFK was killed in Los Angeles. One thing that jumps out to me as that unlike his contemporary liberal adversaries and 'New Democrat' adherents, RFK combines the downtrodden blacks and Hispanics with poor whites in Appalachia to find 'dignity in work.' A consummate Democrat and the last shing light of the Kennedys.

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