Make Gentle the Life of This World: The Vision of Robert F. Kennedy

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Throughout the 1960s, Robert Kennedy personally recorded ideas, ideals, and principles that spoke to his mind and his heart in a private journal like one kept by John F. Kennedy. Now, thirty years after Robert's tragic death, his son Maxwell Taylor Kennedy has opened this journal and culled from his father's speeches to offer us the quintessence of his thought. Filled with energy and insight, Make Gentle the Life of This World is the invigorating and thought-provoking portrait of a mind that shaped a generation ...

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Overview

Throughout the 1960s, Robert Kennedy personally recorded ideas, ideals, and principles that spoke to his mind and his heart in a private journal like one kept by John F. Kennedy. Now, thirty years after Robert's tragic death, his son Maxwell Taylor Kennedy has opened this journal and culled from his father's speeches to offer us the quintessence of his thought. Filled with energy and insight, Make Gentle the Life of This World is the invigorating and thought-provoking portrait of a mind that shaped a generation and of a man who lived for his country.

Whether written in the tumult of his years as Attorney General, in the anguished moments after his brother's assassination, or during the exciting months of his last campaign, Robert F. Kennedy's words are a call for commitment, a reminder of its joys, and an inspiration to act.

Kennedy passionately sought to express the values that surged through his life -- racial justice, the pain of violent crime, fatherhood, family, democracy, leadership, courage, and patriotism. Beautifully illustrated with photos both public and private, some published here for the first time, Make Gentle the Life of This World commemorates how Robert F. Kennedy touched our hearts and energized our lives.

RFK's son compiles thoughts from his father's journals and speeches.

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Library Journal
Kennedy's youngest son, only three years old at the time of the assassination, here compiles from his father's long-closed private journal the phrases that helped move a nation and the quotes from the ancient Greek philosophers, poets, and many contemporary figures who inspired RFK. Chapters are arranged by issues that were most important to Kennedy and remain timely today: the responsibilities of citizens to their government, the tragedy of poverty in the midst of plenty, the importance of dissent in a democratic society, and work as the solution for the welfare crises. The book's haunting photos convey Kennedy's spirit as successfully as the words.
Kirkus Reviews
This collection of brief passages drawn from Robert Kennedy's speeches and his journal, along with quotes Kennedy had copied from the works of favored authors, drawn together by his youngest son, is too slight and episodic to serve as a useful survey of Kennedy's thought. But the short passages do remind one of how the Kennedy brothers raised public rhetoric to a level now not often reached, as in a speech on welfare reform:
We must admit in ourselves that our own children's future cannot be built on the misfortunes of others. We must recognize that this short life can neither be ennobled or enriched by hatred or revenge. Our lives on this planet are too short and the work to be done too great to let this spirit flourish any longer in our land.
Black- and-white period photographs add an appropriately nostalgic touch. A slender, handsomely designed book, clearly intended for browsers and gift givers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780767903714
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 236,518
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2008

    this book is as big as ANY BIBLE!

    if you want to know or if you wished why cant someone run the U. S. like this then please buy this book this is the hand book on how to run the good old U. S. A.!!! this is the kinda book i hope obama has with him from time to time. And if he does not please soemone buy him this book!!

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