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Camelot's Court

Inside The Kennedy White House

By Robert Dallek

Fifty years after John F. Kennedy’s assassination, presidential historian Robert Dallek, whom The New York Times calls “Kennedy’s leading biographer,” delivers a riveting new portrait of this president and his inner circle of advisors—their rivalries, personality clashes, and political battles. In Camelot’s Court, Dallek analyzes the brain trust whose contributions to the successes and failures of Kennedy’s administration—including the Bay of Pigs, civil rights, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Vietnam—were indelible.

Kennedy purposefully put together a dynamic team of advisors noted for their brilliance and acumen, including Attorney General Robert Kennedy, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, Secretary of State Dean Rusk, National Security Advisor McGeorge Bundy, and trusted aides Ted Sorensen and Arthur Schlesinger. Yet the very traits these men shared also created sharp divisions. Far from being unified, this was an uneasy band of rivals whose ambitions and clashing beliefs ignited fiery internal debates.

Robert Dallek illuminates a president deeply determined to surround himself with the best and the brightest, who often found himself disappointed with their recommendations. The result, Camelot's Court: Inside the Kennedy White House, is a striking portrait of a leader whose wise resistance to pressure and adherence to principle offers a cautionary tale for our own time.

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Publish Date

2013

ISBN

9780062065841


Format: Book
Author: Dallek, Robert
Summary: Presidential historian Dallek analyzes the brain trust whose contributions to the successes and failures of Kennedy's administration--including the Bay of Pigs, civil rights, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Vietnam--were indelible. The author delivers a striking portrait of a leader whose wise resistance to pressure and adherence to principle offers a cautionary tale for our own time.
Title: Camelot's court : inside the Kennedy White House / Robert Dallek.
Publisher Date: New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, [2013]
Subject: Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 -- Friends and associates. Cabinet officers -- United States -- History -- 20th century. Political consultants -- United States -- History -- 20th century. Political leadership -- United States -- History -- 20th century United States -- Politics and government -- 1961-1963
Isbn: 9780062065841 006206584X
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Format: Book
Author: Dallek, Robert
Summary: Presidential historian Dallek analyzes the brain trust whose contributions to the successes and failures of Kennedy's administration--including the Bay of Pigs, civil rights, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Vietnam--were indelible. The author delivers a striking portrait of a leader whose wise resistance to pressure and adherence to principle offers a cautionary tale for our own time.
Title: Camelot's court : inside the Kennedy White House / Robert Dallek.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, [2013]
Description: xii, 492 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subjects: Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
Subjects: Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 -- Friends and associates.
Subjects: Cabinet officers -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: Political consultants -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: Political leadership -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Subjects: United States -- Politics and government -- 1961-1963
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 459-463) and index.
Contents: John F. Kennedy: prelude to a presidency -- Robert F. Kennedy: adviser-in-chief -- "A ministry of talent" -- "Never rely on the experts -- "Roughest thing in my life" -- Advice and dissent -- "The greatest adventure of our century" -- If we listen to them, none of us will be alive -- "Mankind must put an end to war" -- "The two of you did visit the same country, didn't you?" -- Epilogue: "What he is slated to become depends on us".
LCCN: 2013012864
ISBN: 9780062065841
ISBN: 006206584X
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Call Number: 973.92209 Dal