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The Last Campaign

Nonfiction: 20th Century American History
Unabridged   10.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 05/27/2008

The Last Campaign

Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America

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Audio CD ISBN:9781598876680
Digital Download ISBN:9781598876697


An intimate and absorbing historical narrative that goes right to the heart of America's deepest despairs—and most fiercely held dreams—and tells us more than we had understood before about this complicated man and the heightened dramas of his times.

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After John F. Kennedy's assassination, Robert Kennedy—formerly Jack's no-holds-barred political warrior—almost lost hope. He was haunted by his brother's murder, and by the nation's seeming inabilities to solve its problems of race, poverty, and the war in Vietnam. Bobby sensed the country's pain, and when he announced that he was running for president, the country united behind his hopes. Over the action-packed eighty-two days of his campaign, Americans were inspired by Kennedy's promise to lead them toward a better time. And after an assassin's bullet stopped this last great stirring public figure of the 1960s, crowds lined up along the country's railroad tracks to say goodbye to Bobby.

Clarke's The Last Campaign is the definitive account of Robert Kennedy's exhilarating and tragic 1968 campaign for president—and a revelatory history that is especially resonant now.


“This is a book worthy of the man and that moment, an honorable and unforgettable piece of work. The Last Campaign should be required reading for anyone seeking public office, and for the rest of us, too.”
      —Joel Klein, author of Primary Colors

The Last Campaign is a great read, an evocative and engaging reminder of the glory and the tragedy of Bobby Kennedy's run for the presidency in 1968. Thurston Clarke's keen eye for the telling detail and his fast-paced narrative make the The Last Campaign a must-have for any student of American politics.”
      —Tom Brokaw

“Clarke’s day-to-day account of the period from March 1968, when Kennedy announced his run, to June 5, when he was assassinated, superbly documents R.F.K.’s antiwar, antipoverty, anticomplacency platform.”
      —Time Magazine

Author Bio

THURSTON CLARKE has written several books of fiction and nonfiction, including Pearl Harbor Ghosts and California Fault, a New York Times notable book. His articles have been published in Vanity Fair, Glamour, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in Willsboro, New York, with his wife and three daughters.