originally posted by: CornShucker
I don't remember which of you guys recommended "Brothers" to me, but it is now a valued part of my library.
It might have been me, I was reading that one earlier this year.. it also changed my generic view of the Kennedy's. But the meat & potatoes I'm
reading now "The Kennedy's: An American Drama"
1984 by Collier & Horowitz has permanently altered my subjective view of the Kennedy's in
(It is a very fast
read.. although I have to keep putting it down because my preconceptions of JFK have twisted up my general view of American
PJK himself was obsessed with controlling the lives of all of his children. The kids were spoilt rotten, depended on daddy's money for everything...
well into and beyond adulthood. I don't think JFK ever got a job or admittance into a university without lot's of daddy's money helping (behind the
scenes, of course.) The first 250 pages of that book are something that *most* people don't bother to consider when looking at Nov 22nd.
PJK was a flat out Wall Street mercenary who manipulated stocks in the late 1920's and his activities would today be considered as insider trading and
So whenever you read about the Kennedy sail boating races
or the Kennedy compounds
or the European trips
or the political
it is important to understand where all that money came from... it came from the stock manipulation in the 1920's.
The second part of "Brothers" left me in deep melancholy... JFK (at his own peril) was more inclined to turn the other cheek and offer
former adversaries the opportunity to show their loyalty to country and a chance at redemption. Walker was "purged", as has recently become popular
but moved to another position in service. Another is Henry Cabot Lodge. Both proved unworthy of that trust. Bobby, on the other hand, was more
inclined retaliate... Reading of how broken the assassination left him was rough. I was a big supporter of his campaign.
Me, too! The melancholia in the last chapters of "Brothers"
was well written and convincing.... but remember that RFK chose to support the
Warren Commission in public statements.
Perhaps this thread is not the appropriate place to go into the Kennedy family itself or the narcissism of JPK. However, I should say that, when I
look at Nov 22nd now, I don't feel much sympathy for them anymore.
JFK, the silver spoon fed, the sickly, second born male child of JPK, never stood a chance against JPK's enemies.
RFK, attuned to the forces against him, chickened out and supported the Warren Commission conclusions.
Once you realize where the Kennedy's came from and how they met their demise the Camelot Mythos almost seems to fade away. For an investigator like
me... I hate mythos.... I hate hagiographies... and I have not yet seen a strong argument from any JFK or RFK assassination researcher that stipulates
when & how the Kennedy's got their money (in the 1920's)
. If there is a book out there... I'd like to read it.