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Mutual Contempt: Lyndon Johnson, Robert Kennedy, and the Feud that Defined a Decade #2020

Mutual Contempt Lyndon Johnson Robert Kennedy and the Feud that Defined a Decade Lyndon Johnson and Robert Kennedy loathed each other Their antagonism propelled by clashing personalities contrasting views and a deep abiding animosity would drive them to a bitterness so deep t

  • Title: Mutual Contempt: Lyndon Johnson, Robert Kennedy, and the Feud that Defined a Decade
  • Author: Jeff Shesol
  • ISBN: 9780393318555
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mutual Contempt: Lyndon Johnson, Robert Kennedy, and the Feud that Defined a Decade By Jeff Shesol, Lyndon Johnson and Robert Kennedy loathed each other Their antagonism, propelled by clashing personalities, contrasting views, and a deep, abiding animosity, would drive them to a bitterness so deep that even civil conversation was often impossible Played out against the backdrop of the turbulent 1960s, theirs was a monumental political battle that would shape federal poLyndon Johnson and Robert Kennedy loathed each other Their antagonism, propelled by clashing personalities, contrasting views, and a deep, abiding animosity, would drive them to a bitterness so deep that even civil conversation was often impossible Played out against the backdrop of the turbulent 1960s, theirs was a monumental political battle that would shape federal policy, fracture the Democratic party, and have a lasting effect on the politics of our times Drawing on previously unexamined recordings and documents, as well as memoirs, biographies, and scores of personal interviews, Jeff Shesol weaves the threads of this epic story into a compelling narrative that reflects the impact of LBJ and RFK s tumultuous relationship on politics, civil rights, the war on poverty, and the war in Vietnam As Publishers Weekly noted, This is indispensable reading for both experts on the period and newcomers to the history of that decade An exhaustive and fascinating history Shesol s grasp of the era s history is sure, his tale often entertaining, and his research awesome Russell Baker, New York Review of Books Thorough, provocative The story assumes the dimensions of a great drama played out on a stage too vast to comprehend Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post 1997 Critic s Choice This is the most gripping political book of recent years Arthur Schlesinger, Jr A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

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    1. An enthralling tour of Democratic politics in the 1960s While there seems to be a very slight tendency to force fit a couple events to support his thesis, Jeff Shesol s retelling of the epic struggle between Lyndon Johnson and Robert F Kennedy for the soul of the reform movement of the 1960s is a superlative example of how to write narrative history.It s also a book tinged by sadness you know how it turns out in the end The sadness comes not only from the assassinations you know are coming, but [...]

    2. Fascinating look at the politics of the 1960s viewed through the lens of a fued between two of the most compelling political characters of the 20th century Kennedy is the one who is remembered, but I think LBJ is one of the most fascinating politicans of the modern era an enigma, who was overbearing but deeply sensitive and able to be wounded, a pragmatist from Texas who did for civil rights than any politician in the modern era.

    3. Having read all of the Caro books on LBJ I was not sure this book would add much of interest It certainly did, giving a detailed view of the men in the context of their long rivalry and quite frankly their hated for each other I think the author did a fair job of trying to be balanced , with an honest assessment of where some of the fault lines existed in this relationship LBJ could win over politicians that were his equal or even his superiors see Richard Russell and Sam Rayburn but he just cou [...]

    4. Like Shesol says in the introduction, there are few if any books that address the Johnson Kennedy feud without an obvious bias Shesol does a great job in avoiding these biases and unfolds the story of their feud on both sides, with input from both sides, in ways that show both were at fault, in their own ways, to the little triggers and potshots and paranoia that made up the feud Thoroughly engaging and well written, if loose on the impact of the feud Shesol doesn t argue the ultimate consequenc [...]

    5. I have read many accounts of this time period I have read biographies about both Robert Kennedy and LBJ, I have read work by Arthur Schlesinger and Clark Clifford Several works about Nixon go into his perception of this rivalry A good analogy was drawn in the book It relayed a political cartoon involving a representation of a LBJ as a stout book propped up between two bookends one labeled JFK, the other RFK Lyndon B Johnson accomplished an awful lot in his presidency but will probably always be [...]

    6. Could have benefited from editing, as he repeats himself, repeatedly, again and yet again, over and over By the 3rd time, I irritably and irrationally wanted to disagree with the perfectly reasonable assertions.

    7. The political world has an odd feature Ultimately it is a team sport, and governments and legislatures that are the most effective work together to advance policies and programs designed to improve life in our societies But for the elected officials, there are these hyper individualized moments, especially during election campaigns , where it s all about me So egos, of various shapes and sizes, are part of the game The book Mutual Contempt reveals this truth in crushing detail as it traces the t [...]

    8. Well researched and well written especially with regard to all the many names and characters involved However, this was a hard read This was way detailed and categorized than I expected Glad to have read it, but it wasn t easy to see it through.

    9. Kennedy Johnson are both fascinating in their distinctive ways Kennedy privileged, aggressive, passionate idealistic Johnson smart, down home, passionate paranoid Perhaps not the best mix I enjoyed revisiting the history of the sixties via this myopic view If nothing else, it motivates me to find a good biography on both of these men to round out each picture The book is organized not chronologically but rather by issue For instance, the Kennedy vs Johnson approach to civil rights is dealt with [...]

    10. A detailed examination of the personality feud between Lyndon Johnson and Robert Kennedy Shesol shows the two men at odds almost from their first meeting Johnson s ambivalence towards a 1960 presidential run, his reluctantly becoming John F Kennedy s running mate, and his chafing at the near powerless vice presidency rubbed Bobby Kennedy the wrong way Kennedy came to resent Johnson following his brother s death, feeling Johnson boorish in his assumption of power and attempts to clothe himself i [...]

    11. RFK was shot the day before my 21st birthdat, and died the day after I remember seeing him in Kalamazoo shortly before Unlike many froends, I supported him over Gene McCarthy as the candidate who should succeed LBJ, who withdrew from the race when Bobby entered it Turns out RFK was LBJ s nemesis, at least in the latter s mind, and the rivalry described aby in this book shaped the decade of my youth and not insignificantly, my liability to serve in the nasty war in Vietnam Bobby had a lot to offe [...]

    12. The first half or so of the book until RFK s election to the Senate in 1964 is very much the book I expected and the better part of the book The second half, when RFK and LBJ s paths don t cross much, is a much less interesting story, in part because it s a proxy battle fought by staff and over staff so than in person , in part because the theme of LBJ s paranoia can only be articulated in so many ways That said, the additional aggravating part about the second half of the book is that Shesol fo [...]

    13. I was genuinely impressed by the depth of research as well as the insight of this book s twenty eight year old author LBJ might have been the paranoid of the two but even paranoids have real enemies and RFK was a very calculating man For all of its revelations of the relations between these two men, it is refreshingly non salacious RFK was shot in April and by June, LBJ had driven through some gun control in response to the assassinations of Kennedy and King although Shesol observes that the gu [...]

    14. Many of the books regarding this feud are written by Johnson or Kennedy partisans and the bias is evident In this instance, that is not the case Both RFK and LBJ receive fair treatment, but I still think you ll find RFK the compelling figure Johnson frequently comes off as paranoid, petty, and vindictive I recommend if you are a fan of history in the 1960 s.

    15. While the feud between him and RFK brought out the worst in LBJ s personality, this book overstate those faults and is not objective in how it portray these two men It is clear that the author thinks that RFK was the better of the two It was a slow read at times and not as compelling as Caro s books, but still an interesting portrait of two very compelling and intriguing figures in US politics.

    16. Excellent Contains mini bios of each concentrating on the late 1950s and 1960s One critic complained of a Kennedy bias But if you go in looking for a bias on either side you will find it It is a laundry list of events and not much into the mental Whys, but it is the only book on this subject amazingly and a good read.

    17. I really liked this book I m often fascinated by two individuals on the same team fighting from within Showing how we all interpret things differently Based on things such as money, privilege, education, intelligence, selfishness instead of just right and wrong.

    18. Very good book.Seemed a bit biased toward RFK, but then again I think LBJ was just a bit nuts.I really enjoyed learning about two seminal figures of the 1960s, just a fascinating time in America.I d definitely recommend this book A very easy read despite it being a history book.

    19. While informative, this book was a bit dry and dense I had to put it aside for a few days in the middle and read something else It does a great job with the topic and really shows how this rivalry effected politics, but lacked a little on the readability scale.

    20. While I found the book to be interesting, it seemed to proceed rather slowly If you re interested in the politics of the 1960s, you will likely enjoy this bookoccasionally, the depth of detail was than I was looking for.

    21. Shesol s research brings this high stakes rivalry to life Very well written, especially his subtly varied references to characters i.e Johnson one minute, the President the next, and LBJ when appropriate A little too easy on Kennedy at times, but justifiably so.

    22. This is a decent book especially for those who have not read a lot of books on the Kennedy Johnson era It does go over ground that has been well tilled elsewhere and could have spent a little time on the character of each man.

    23. While this book did not break any new ground from a 2014 perspective , it is well researched and finally puts all the RFK LBJ battles into one book.

    24. I really want to read the book Supreme Power by the same author but it hasn t made it to yet However, this one looks promising.

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