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text 2017-10-13 20:52
Sick to my stomach
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s American Heroes: Robert Smalls, the Boat Thief - Robert F. Kennedy Jr.,Patrick Faricy

In 1851, when Robert was 12 years old, his master sent him to Charleston to work. He was rented out to different employers. All the money Robert earned went into Henry McKee’s pocket.


Robert first found work as a waiter in a hotel. He later became a lamplighter for the city. Afterward, he toiled on the Charleston Harbor docks. There, he moved materials on and off boats.


He was a fast learner and a hard worker. He progressed in many types of jobs. His employers liked him because he always did good work.


What Robert liked most was working on transport ships. He received training as a ship pilot. But slave pilots were not honored with that title. Instead, they were called wheelmen.

Harris, Kenneth. The Sea Adventures of Robert Smalls (African American Civil War Heroes Book 1) . Seed Educational Supplements. Kindle Edition.







When he was 12, Smalls' master sent him to Charleston to hire out as a laborer, with the money paid to his master. The youth first worked in a hotel, then became a lamplighter on Charleston's streets. In his teen years, his love of the sea led him to find work on Charleston's docks and wharves. Smalls was a stevedore (dockworker), a rigger, a sail maker—and eventually worked his way up to become a wheelman, more or less a pilot, though slaves were not honored by that title. As a result, he was very knowledgeable about Charleston harbor.[3]



[3]  Henig, Gerald, "The Unbeatable Mr. Smalls", America's Civil War, March 2007.



Neither Wikipedia, Henig, nor Kennedy is cited in Harris's work.

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review 2017-05-26 02:06
Podcast forty-eight is up!
The Revolution of Robert Kennedy: From Power to Protest After JFK - John R. Bohrer

My latest podcast is up on the New Books Network website! In it I interview John Bohrer about his new book on the emergence of Robert Kennedy as a politician after the assassination of his brother Jack. Enjoy!

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review 2017-05-19 06:56
Bobby Kennedy's blossoming
The Revolution of Robert Kennedy: From Power to Protest After JFK - John R. Bohrer

Until John F. Kennedy's assassination in November 1963 Robert Kennedy's political career had been subsumed into that of his brother. As manager for John's 1952 Senate and 1960 presidential campaigns, Robert was the one who did the disagreeable work, serving as the bad cop so as to avoid accruing any personal enmity towards his older brother. As Attorney General Bobby played a similar role, and acted as Jack's closest adviser throughout all of the major crises of his presidency. Jack's assassination left his brother politically adrift, suddenly deprived of the focus that had defined his public career. How Robert Kennedy regained his political footing and emerged as a politician in his own right is the subject of John Bohrer's book, which details his career from the aftermath of his brother's murder to the delivery of his "Ripple of Hope" speech in South Africa in 1966.


The significance of these years, as Bohrer demonstrates, lay in Robert's emergence as a politician in his own right. This was a role almost thrust on him from the moment of his brother's death, as it made him the next in line for his family's political aspirations. Many people openly campaigned for Kennedy to be selected as Lyndon Johnson's running mate in the 1964 presidential election, but the personal animosity between the two men, coupled with Johnson's need to establish his victory as the result of his own appeal and not that of the Kennedy mystique, forced Robert to run instead for the Senate in New York, which he won by defeating the popular Republican incumbent Kenneth Keating. Though possessing no seniority, Kennedy entered with an outsized stature, which he used to address he issues of poverty, civil rights, and America's growing involvement in the Vietnam War


Over the course of his book Bohrer develops a picture of a man who gradually found his voice as a politician in his own right. Though Kennedy's celebrity status undoubtedly played a role in this, Bohrer also credits the hard work both he and his aides put into making it possible. Though the author stops short of Kennedy's ill-fated 1968 presidential run, his book makes it clear how that trajectory towards the presidency was almost irresistible considering his status and the hopes so many invested in him. It makes for a book that offers a readably persuasive narrative explaining how Robert Kennedy emerged from his brother's shadow to become a national leader for his times.

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review 2016-09-20 17:20
Framed: Why Michael Skakel Spent over a Decade in Prison for a Murder He Didn't Commit - Tantor Audio,Robert F. Kennedy Jr.,Peter Berkrot

I have always been interested in this case. I remember reading about it in Vanity Fair years ago. Reading this book has been an eye opener for sure. Written very well by Robert Kennedy Jr, cousin to Michael Skakel.


This non fiction reads like fiction, lots of facts to collaborate Michael's innocence and how he was set up to be sentenced for this crime that he did not do. After reading this book, I do believe that Michael never committed this crime and I sure do hope that he finally gets acquited. 


A definite must read!

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review 2016-07-24 00:00
The Polka Dot File on the Robert F. Kennedy Killing: The Paris Peace Talks Connection
The Polka Dot File on the Robert F. Kenn... The Polka Dot File on the Robert F. Kennedy Killing: The Paris Peace Talks Connection - Fernando Faura It was June 5th 1968, and one of the candidate chosen for running at the Presidential race for the democratic party Robert Francis Kennedy, brother of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy killed 5 years before on Nov 22 1963 while in visit at Dallas, Texas, was at the Ambassador Hotel of Los Angeles.

At a certain point the senator passed through the kitchen of the hotel, and he was shots with four bullets. One of them reached his head and killed the potential next president of the USA the day after, after a rush to the hospital, a delicate operation to the brain.
His conditions considered extremely critics from the beginning. The doctor operated him thought a miracle he survived so many hours after the operation considering the damage created by that bullet.

John Kennedy and his brother Bob: surely these two men if left alive would have changed the face of this world in a better way,when world more capacity and flexibility for a change.
There was in the world a different enthusiasm.

Fernando Faura, was at that time a reporter of "Hollywood citizens news" when the murder took place.

Immediately arrested Sirhan Sirhan, (still in jail in a Californian prison) a Palestinian close to communist visions. He was the one who, physically, killed the senator.

Sirhan, the only one convicted in this case.

But...Was there a conspiracy behind the killing of senator Kennedy? Or...Other people helped Sirhan Sirhan?

In the case of Robert Kennedy's assassination the key role of all this story represented by the so-called: girl in a polka-dot dress.

Immediately after the shots, this phantom, the girl in a polka-dot dress running cried: "We killed him." Serrano a Kennedy's collaborator asked who the hell they had killed and she replied before to vanishing from the scene: "Kennedy."

At first also the LAPD and FBI interested to find this girl that according to a witness was 26-27 years. Robert A.Houghton one of the chief detectives of the police it seems said: "That woman will haunt me for the rest of my life."

The author waited 45 years before to write this book: The Polka Dot File on the Robert F. Kennedy Killing published by Trine Day and where you can reads a lot of interviews realized with various witnesses in particular with a certain Fahey, who told to Faura, had met the girl in the polka-dot dress days before and she told him about something that would have happened to the senator.

Faura followed this story with great passion and after some days with two colleagues of Life. He also started a collaboration for Life, although the magazine decided at some point of turning down all this story.
Faura has never forgotten that months of investigations for trying to give a face and a real identity at this mysterious girl.

Beautiful! Real.
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