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Bobby and J. Edgar: The Historic Face-Off Between the Kennedys and J. Edgar Hoover That Transformed Americaby Burton Hersh
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- How Joe Kennedy pushed Lyndon Johnson into the vice presidential nomination by secretly encouraging J. Edgar Hoover to blackmail John and Robert Kennedy, while slipping Johnson $1 million to cover expenses.
- How Joe Kennedy's close collaboration with Chicago Mob fixer Johnny Rosselli in the movie and casino businesses helped underpin the Kennedy family fortune and prepare the way for JFK's political rise.
- How Hoover cultivated close ties with Mafia bosses--and his protege Joseph McCarthy, whom Joe Kennedy also backed--while struggling with his bizarre sexual compulsions.
- How RFK successfully schemed to drive Roy Cohn out of the McCarthy Committee, which ultimately helped to destroy McCarthy and led to the series of events that culminated in JFK's assassination.
- How RFK defied his father by going after organized crime, specifically Teamster President Jimmy Hoffa, as his Rackets Committee widely and illegally bugged and tapped its targets, and he first became aware of his father's involvement in organized crime.
- How the 1960 presidential campaign in both parties was heavily funded by the Mafia, and how Joe, as well as Hoover, doubted the competence of JFK to be president and later planted lawyers in key positions in the Justice Department to try to keep JFK on course.
- How Joe Kennedy was among the special-interest players agitating to overthrow Fidel Castro.
- How RFK was torn by the emergence of Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights movement, sympathetic with King's goals but fearful that King would destroy JFK's political base in the South--whereas Hoover despised King--and how the Kennedy administration reluctantly tried to subvert King using bugsand wiretaps.
- How RFK was involved in the FBI's effort to cover up the events behind his brother's assassination.
- How Hoover initiated a series of operations, sometimes with Roy Cohn's collaboration, to undermine RFK once he was out as attorney general.
- How RFK and Joe Kennedy's separate behind-the-scenes machinations deepened the conflict in Vietnam.
The history of one of the most admired (Bobby Kennedy) and one of the most reviled (J. Edgar Hoover) are entwined with that of Joseph Kennedy. This triumvirate was marked by conflict, betrayal and a strange Shakespearean familial bond. Set against the ongoing context of Joe Kennedy's behind-the-scenes manipulation of key players in Congress, organized crime, and his own family, major players are revealed such as Roy Cohn, Martin Luther King, Marilyn Monroe, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon.
The history of one of the most admired (Bobby Kennedy) and one of the most reviled (J. Edgar Hoover) are entwined with that of Joseph Kennedy
In this riveting account of the explosive relationship between Robert F. Kennedy and J. Edgar Hoover, renowned journalist and author Burton Hersh sets their highly publicized clashes in the context of Joe Kennedys ongoing manipulation of Congress and his childrens careers, and his lifelong connections to organized crime. Theirs was a unique triumvirate, marked by conflict and betrayal, and culminating in a near-Shakespearean tragedy. Based on compelling new research, and told in gripping anecdotal style, Hersh chronicles the complex relationship between the two antagonists, from their early brushes during the McCarthy years to their controversial deaths.
About the Author
Burton Hersh has chronicled the Kennedy family for over thirty-five years. He is the author of numerous books, including the controversial and acclaimed The Old Boys: The American Elite and the Origins of the CIA and The Education of Edward Kennedy. He divides his time between New Hampshire and Florida.
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