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February 2, 2014
Robert Dallek
Author, "Camelot's Court:Inside the Kennedy White House"
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Robert Dallek was born in Brooklyn in 1934, and attended the University of Illinois, where he graduated with a B.A. in history in 1955. He received his Ph.D. in 1964 from Columbia University. Dallek has written many historic books and biographies, and is perhaps best known for his works on Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. This is his nineteenth book.

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Info: Our guest is Robert Dallek, author of the recently released historical narrative titled, “Camelot's Court: Inside the Kennedy White House.” Dallek describes his book as taking an inside look at the brain trust surrounding John Kennedy’s administration. He discusses the people who played large roles in Kennedy’s thousand days in office, such as Theodore “Ted” Sorensen, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Robert Kennedy and George Ball, to name a few. Dallek points out that he felt President Kennedy’s maturity level grew while he was in office. Difficult experiences such as the Bay of Pigs invasion and Vietnam, he says, helped Kennedy become “his own man” who made difficult decisions on his own rather than deferring to the wishes of advisors. Kennedy’s personal life is another topic that Dallek reviews. He includes the story of Mimi Beardsley, a nineteen year old college intern who had a sexual relationship with the president. He uses the story to highlight the differences of news reporting in the 1960’s and today. Dallek points out that if Kennedy’s actions took place today, they would have been widely reported. In addition, he suggests that if the information he writes about Kennedy’s poor health was widely known, it would have been reported at the time.





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