Camelot's Court: Inside the Kennedy White House

Camelot's Court: Inside the Kennedy White House

by Robert Dallek

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Fifty years after John F. Kennedy’s assassination, presidential historian Robert Dallek, whom The New York Times calls “Kennedy’s leading biographer,” delivers a riveting new portrait of this president and his inner circle of advisors—their rivalries, personality clashes, and political battles. In Camelot’s Court, Dallek analyzes the brain trust whose contributions to the successes and failures of Kennedy’s administration—including the Bay of Pigs, civil rights, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Vietnam—were indelible.

Kennedy purposefully put together a dynamic team of advisors noted for their brilliance and acumen, including Attorney General Robert Kennedy, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, Secretary of State Dean Rusk, National Security Advisor McGeorge Bundy, and trusted aides Ted Sorensen and Arthur Schlesinger. Yet the very traits these men shared also created sharp divisions. Far from being unified, this was an uneasy band of rivals whose ambitions and clashing beliefs ignited fiery internal debates.

Robert Dallek illuminates a president deeply determined to surround himself with the best and the brightest, who often found himself disappointed with their recommendations. The result, Camelot's Court: Inside the Kennedy White House, is a striking portrait of a leader whose wise resistance to pressure and adherence to principle offers a cautionary tale for our own time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062065865
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/08/2013
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 95,467
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Robert Dallek is the author of An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 and Nixon and Kissinger, among other books. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, and Vanity Fair. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 John F. Kennedy: Prelude to a Presidency 1

Chapter 2 Robert Kennedy: Adviser-in-Chief 53

Chapter 3 "A Ministry of Talent" 101

Chapter 4 "Never Rely on the Experts" 196

Chapter 5 "Roughest Thing in My Life" 268

Chapter 6 Advice and Dissent 320

Chapter 7 "The Greatest Adventure of Our Century" 387

Chapter 8 "If We Listen to Them, None of Us Will Be Alive" 430

Chapter 9 "Mankind Must Put an End to War" 518

Chapter 10 "The Two of You Did Visit the Same Country, Didn't You?" 586

Epilogue: "What He Is Slated to Become Depends on Us" 650

Notes 671

Bibliography 722

Acknowledgments 733

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