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A Ripple of Hope: The Life of Robert F. Kennedy

A Ripple of Hope: The Life of Robert F. Kennedy

by Barbara Harrison

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Children's Literature - Rebecca Joseph
In this information packed book, award winning researchers Harrison and Terris present the fascinating life story of Robert F. Kennedy. From his privileged childhood in Boston to his fights against racism and organized crime while attorney general for his brother President John F. Kennedy to his own run for president, this book provides a complete look at this amazing man, whose life was cut tragically short. Illustrated with black and white photographs, this biography includes many direct quotations from his speeches, making Robert Kennedy come alive for all readers.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 UpA good companion to Harrison and Terris's A Twilight Struggle: The Life of John Fitzgerald Kennedy (Lothrop, 1992). Here, the authors use selections from Tennyson's Ulysses as chapter epigraphs and as a general theme in this admiring biography. In the process, readers are shown how Kennedy's desire to be noticed and to achieve in a highly competitive family gradually led him into a life of public service. There is some general background information about the subject's childhood, education, and personal life, but the authors devote most of the book to his public career and political successes. They trace his moves from being a congressional investigator to becoming Attorney General and trusted advisor to his brother, to establishing himself as a recognized national political leader and presidential candidate, emphasizing throughout his compassion and empathy for those in need. The book concludes with his tragic death and its impact on the nation. This is an attractive book, with a clean layout and numerous well-reproduced, black-and-white photos. Most biographies of Robert Kennedy have been written for adults; this one provides a fine examination of his life for YAs.Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO
Kirkus Reviews
The authors of A Twilight Struggle (1992) and research directors for a television documentary about Robert Kennedy proffer a lively, well-substantiated account of their subject's youth, political career, and stubborn idealism.

Readers first encounter Kennedy sitting with a child in a "fetid" sharecropper's shack; although Kennedy's privileged upbringing, early days in government working for Joseph McCarthy, and brilliant management of his brother's campaigns get their share of attention, Harrison and Terris focus most closely on the birth and growth of his burning concern for children and the poor. The authors sometimes include unanalyzed details, but make their points lucidly—"On the issue of civil rights, Bobby Kennedy was a combination of passion and prudence. That combination made just about everyone mad at him!"—and back them up with citations from a variety of sources. The selection of black-and-white photographs is not generous by current standards, but the portraits, family shots, and crowd scenes are evocative and properly placed. This treatment of Kennedy's life won't quite bring him out of his brother's shadow, but it will give him a distinct shape.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Product dimensions:
7.36(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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