RFK: His Words for Our Times Audiobook, by Robert F. Kennedy Play Audiobook Sample

RFK: His Words for Our Times Audiobook

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Read By: James Lurie, Jim Meskimen Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 9.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 7.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: May 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780062849052

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Longest Chapter Length:

69:14 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

43 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

33:52 minutes

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Publisher Description

Earphones Award Winner

In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Robert Francis Kennedy’s death, an inspiring collection of his most famous speeches accompanied by commentary from notable historians and public figures.

Twenty-five years after Bobby Kennedy was assassinated, RFK: His Words for Our Times, a celebration of Kennedy’s life and legacy, was published to enormous acclaim. Now, a quarter century later, this classic volume has been thoroughly edited and updated. Through his own words we get a direct and intimate perspective on Kennedy’s views on civil rights, social justice, the war in Vietnam, foreign policy, the desirability of peace, the need to eliminate poverty, and the role of hope in American politics.

Here, too, is evidence of the impact of those he knew and worked with, including his brother John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Cesar Chavez, among others. The tightly curated collection also includes commentary about RFK’s legacy from major historians and public figures, among them Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Eric Garcetti, William Manchester, Anna Quindlen, Elie Wiesel, and Desmond Tutu. Assembled with the full cooperation of the Kennedy family, RFK: His Words for Our Times is a potent reminder of Robert Kennedy’s ability to imagine a greater America—a faith and vision we could use today.

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“James Lurie narrates this collection of Kennedy’s speeches, augmented by commentary from other historians and public figures, published upon the fiftieth anniversary of his death. Jim Meskimen also narrates, channeling his inner Kennedy to leave listeners spellbound. Exciting in tone and informative in material, the audiobook presents ideas that still impact the nation today. Those with a passion for US political history will enjoy listening, thanks to the skills of both narrators. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

— AudioFile 


  • “If you draw on RFK for material or inspiration, you’ll draw on RFK: His Words for Our Times. More than a thoughtful collection of Kennedy’s speeches, the book sets the context for each one. It’s hagiographic in spirit, but still reliable in scholarship…This book, therefore, should not be approached as a eulogy for a fallen statesman. Its contents might be better read, perhaps, as a blueprint for the future.”

    — Vital Speeches of the Day
  • “Rich background information on policy and historical context introduces each chapter and frames each speech, which reveal Kennedy’s appeal to Democrats and Republicans, minorities and the middle class.”

    — Library Journal


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Authors

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is the son of R. F. K. A political activist, he has spent his life fighting for the environment, spending more than thirty years as senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, chief prosecuting attorney for Riverkeeper, and president of Waterkeeper Alliance. He is also a clinical professor and supervising attorney at the Environmental Litigation Clinic at Pace University School of Law. A former assistant district attorney for New York City, he is the coauthor of The Riverkeepers: Two Activists Fight to Reclaim Our Environment as a Basic Human Right.

C. Richard Allen is a media and technology executive and has been a speechwriter, fund-raiser, and state campaign manager for several presidential and Senate candidates. He also served as deputy assistant to President Clinton, helping to create AmeriCorps.

Edwin O. Guthman (1919–2008) was a Pullitzer Prize–winning reporter and press secretary to Robert Kennedy. He served in North Africa and Italy during World War II and was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart. In 1950 he won the Pullitzer Prize for National Reporting while working for the Seattle Times.

In 1961, he became Attorney General Robert Kennedy’s press secretary. He continued to serve when Kennedy became a senator, drawing the ire of Richard Nixon.

Guthman finished his career as an editor for the Los Angeles Times, and as a professor and lecturer at University of Southern California and USC Annenberg School for Communication.

About the Narrators

James Lurie, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, has worked for the biggest companies in the news, entertainment, and advertising businesses. He has an eclectic background; he has been a musician, a writer, and a doctoral candidate in Chinese history. He has been an audiobook narrator and even been the voice of a talking gasoline pump. As an actor he has had recurring roles on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Law & Order, Picket Fences, and As the World Turns, to name but a few, and he won a Dramalogue Award in Los Angeles for his stage work.

Jim Meskimen is a stage, film, and television actor who has appeared in many well-known movies and television shows. He acted in Apollo 13 and Frost/Nixon for director Ron Howard, both of which were nominated for Best Picture Oscars. His television appearances include The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Friends, Lie to Me, Criminal Minds, and Parks and Recreation. He is also a painter, award-winning audiobook narrator, and audiobook director for Galaxy Audio.