The Assassination of Robert Kennedy – Tim Tate & Brad Johnson
If you enjoy reading historical non-fiction events that are embroiled in a conspiracy, then this would be a book I would recommend reading. With the wealth of information and the plethora of opinions as to what occurred on that fateful night June 4th, 1968 in the Ambassador hotel, I initially had reservations as to what new aspect this book could contribute to the controversy. I have been pleasantly surprised, most books covering conspiracy theories tend to get so overwhelmed with data and detail that it becomes confusing and complicated, losing its flow and usually biased to one view without acknowledging or considering opposing views. This book approaches the before, during and aftermath and the people connected based on reviewing all the information available regarding this affair. It is not just a chronology of incidents, it is well presented and has a natural flow unravelling the compelling and detailed complexities of this event and the subsequent trail case of the assassin Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, demonstrating that it was not a straightforward open and shut case.
It begins with a report of the assassination, then provides a summary detail of Robert’s life and his career prior to becoming attorney general working with his brother John and subsequent work after John’s assassination. Robert’s views and changes of his views over those years are outlined and explained why he chose to run in the race to be nominated as the Democratic candidate for the 1968 presidential elections against Richard Nixon, and against his brothers Teddy’s advice. The story also details the many powerful enemies he accumulated during his illustrious career. Brilliantly described are the subsequent investigations and the detailed investigation and insight into the assassin Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, the inconsistencies of the following investigation, and trial and whether he was a lone assassin.
There are sections where it does get quite detailed and some-what off-piste. For instance, the detailed in-depth look into the origins of Hypno-assassin or the backgrounds to people involved with the case. However, you do realise and appreciate the relevance of such in-depth analysis to keep track of how it all fits with the argument being put forward.
You do have to remain focused on the chronology of events or you may get confused as to the role played by some of the key members. In other words, it’s not a book that you could read and leave for a while and pick up some weeks later and grasp the gist of, recall the complexities of the argument being put forward and the relevance of people involved. Therefore, I would suggest you read it within a short time frame.
Meticulous research has been conducted to deliver a detailed analysis of this event and the fallout. I did not feel I was being led or persuaded to one absolute view or that the conspiracy, or not, was unequivocally answered. I was more issued with all information available regarding this subject and being allowed to make my own judgement. In which case It left me with more questions than answers and wanting to find out more and investigate further into this historical event. Hence, I would not add my opinion at this point as it would be biased, instead, I would recommend this book and allow the reader to make up their own opinions.