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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (656 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Talbot Narrator: Mel Foster Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN:
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For decades, books about John or Robert Kennedy have woven either a shimmering tale of Camelot gallantry or a tawdry story of runaway ambition and reckless personal behavior. But the real story of the Kennedys in the 1960s has long been submerged - until now. In Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years, David Talbot sheds a dramatic new light on the tumultuous inner life of the Kennedy presidency and its stunning aftermath. Talbot, the founder of Salon.com, has written a gripping political history that is sure to be one of the most talked-about books of the year.

Brothers begins on the shattering afternoon of November 22, 1963, as a grief-stricken Robert Kennedy urgently demands answers about the assassination of his brother. Bobby's suspicions immediately focus on the nest of CIA spies, gangsters, and Cuban exiles that had long been plotting a violent regime change in Cuba. The Kennedys had struggled to control this swamp of anti-Castro intrigue based in southern Florida, but with little success.

Brothers then shifts back in time, revealing the shadowy conflicts that tore apart the Kennedy administration, pitting the young president and his even younger brother against their own national security apparatus. The Kennedy brothers and a small circle of their most trusted advisors - men like Theodore Sorensen, Robert McNamara, and Kenneth O'Donnell, who were so close the Kennedys regarded them as family - repeatedly thwarted Washington's warrior caste. These hardline generals and spymasters were hell-bent on a showdown with the Communist foe - in Berlin, Laos, Vietnam, and especially Cuba. But the Kennedys continually frustrated their militaristic ambitions, pushing instead for a peaceful resolution to the Cold War. The tensions within the Kennedy administration were heading for an explosive climax, when a burst of gunfire in a sunny Dallas plaza terminated John F. Kennedy's presidency.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra Cox | 2/15/2014

    " This book lets the reader know about the political climate of the 60s which forced the Kennedy brothers into decisions they didnt want to make and some that they did. They wanted the US to get past the Cold War fear that the military and CIA wanted us to feel. Lots of JFK's speeches leading up to VietNam are pertinent today. I only wish we were still trying to be a peaceful nation which is what Kennedy wanted more than anything else. Thats why he made such strides in getting along with Khruschev, Castro, etc. The CIA were the ones who wanted to assassinate Castro . All of this leads up to the major reasons JFK was killed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abi | 2/3/2014

    " I had to put this book down for now because the parallels to modern politics are too many and I started to get spooked. It is the most insightful account of the vision and the destruction of Kennedy brothers that I've ever read. I will definitely pick it up again soon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Francesca | 2/1/2014

    " Really good book. It shows the climate of Kennedy's administration, and does justice to Robert Kennedy, the real strength of the family and a role model for every generation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 1/30/2014

    " I have never been one to worship at the altar of Kennedy majesty, and truth be told, this book was a reminder that JFK and RFK were imperfect humans. That said, each contributed a great deal to the history and progress of our country through his service and passion. I appreciate that Talbot, even as an obvious admirer, was able to include details about Jack and Robert that highlighted their humanity and more specifically, their mistakes. I had hoped to read a bit more about the political history and decision-making of the Kennedy White House, and while this book does provide some interesting details on that subject, the second half of the book focuses almost exclusively on the aftermath of Jack's assassination and Robert's role in seeking some truth behind the occurrence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon Spollen | 1/30/2014

    " Long but so informative and such a compelling read, esp if you're into history in this era. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tobi | 1/25/2014

    " It's all so very sad. I learned alot from this book about the Kennedy years that I didn't know and never would have thought. It cleared up alot of history for me and it shocked and upset me as well. Totally it was an inside job and so was RFK and John Jr. Sad to think it happened in my country "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 1/23/2014

    " David Talbot's 'Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years' is a study of the relationship between John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert. Specifically, the book focuses on Robert Kennedy's apparently firm belief that his brother was killed as a result of a conspiracy, most likely as direct blowback from the CIA's attempts on Fidel Castro's life. Talbot unearths countless references to both RFK and his aids that suggest RFK was almost fully convinced of a plot. The book also details RFK's attempts at diplomacy with Cuba and several other communist leaders toward the end of his life. Though he started out as a rabid anti-communist who engineered or sanctioned most of the early plots to kill Castro, by the time he was killed, RFK was an advocate of a new brand of foreign policy focusing on diplomacy and talking to our "enemies". The book could not be more timely in light of the debates over Barack Obama's foreign policy intentions, particularly with regard to Iran. Though Talbot fails to make clear who may have finally been involved in the conspiracy to kill JFK, he does make a strong case that both brothers were killed as the result of an internal power struggle in the US between the Kennedy brothers and the "intelligence" community. A scary book, quite frankly, even if it doesn't tie up all its loose ends. NC "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 1/19/2014

    " Excellent accounts of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the "battle" of Olde Miss. I did not know that John Kennedy watched the film "Seven Days in May" and was concerned that a similar event would occur during his own administration. He was too close to being correct! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katelyn | 1/19/2014

    " if you like biographies, if you like politics or if you just like the Kennedy's, this is one of the best I've read on them! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 1/17/2014

    " A very good and very unsettling book. It contains many very interesting things. For all of the horrors it discusses, the presentation of what it was John and Robert Kennedy were actually trying to do with and for the country is, especially at this time, quite moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mmmjay | 12/5/2013

    " Please read this book. This book and JFK and the Unspeakable are the two best books I have read about the JFK assassination. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 11/23/2013

    " Great insight into the Kennedy clan! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kiersten | 11/20/2013

    " Interesting content but a boring read... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 9/16/2013

    " Awesome. A "must" read for anyone remotely interested in the JFK and RFK murders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tag | 7/30/2013

    " Very good book on the Kennedy bros...highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 5/24/2013

    " If you read one recent (and by recent I mean the last ten years) book about the Kennedy assassination, this should be the one. If you read this and want more, then go to "Ultimate Sacrifice" and/or "The Road To Dallas" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Alice | 3/23/2013

    " Fabulous, well-documented story of the Kennedy White House and assassination. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 10/22/2012

    " One of my favorite books of the last several years. Took a while to get through it but well, well worth it. I do feel like the book but be little bit pro-Kennedy but it wasn't bad. If you love history or politics you should definitely consider reading this one. "

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About the Author

David Talbot is the author of the New York Times bestseller Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years and the acclaimed, national bestseller Season of the Witch. He is the founder and former editor-in-chief of Salon, a senior editor at Mother Jones magazine, and the features editor at the San Francisco Examiner. He has written for the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Time, and other major publications.

About the Narrator

Mel Foster is a prolific audiobook narrator, having read dozens of titles throughout his career. He is the recipient of the prestigious Audie Award, as well as the AudioFile Earphones Award. A former advertising agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials, his narration career was born out of encouragement from his clients who would often say, “why are we hiring someone else? I like this guy.”