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This collection of photographs records the people who, 40 years ago, turned out to greet the passing train that conveyed the body of Sen. Robert Kennedy to his grave. His murder-weeks after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Tet Offensive's escalation of the Vietnam War-was the nadir of what journalist Jack Newfield called "the murderous spring of 1968." Look magazine photographer Fusco was aboard the train and documented RFK's final journey from New York to Washington and his nighttime interment at Arlington National Cemetery. Thousands of mourners lined that route, and in their diversity one sees the spectrum of hope that Kennedy generated. The images feature back-of-house, rail-yard settings; eloquent, poignant details; and a compelling mixture of largely working-class Americans whose colorful clothing pinpoints the era and season. Few words need adorn such material, so the turgid and solipsistic introductory essay by Norman Mailer is skippable. Fortunately, the full text of Edward Kennedy's eulogy precedes the photos depicting the St. Patrick's Cathedral memorial. Evan Thomas (Robert Kennedy: His Life) and photography critic Vicki Goldberg also contribute essays. Devoid of pomp yet permeated with emotion, this tribute has a deeply inspiring impact.
—Douglas F. Smith