Campaign as Epitaph

It's impossible not to be saddened by Thurston Clarke's look at Robert F. Kennedy's 82-day quest for the White House. Even if THE LAST CAMPAIGN (Henry Holt; 321 pages) did not begin with a moving account of Kennedy's funeral train (which it does), the story's end is already well known.

Yet that sense of inevitability also makes it an exhilarating read, for rarely since has a politician of such stature embarked on a campaign so genuinely wedded to the concepts of sacrifice and moral empathy. Clarke's day-to-day account of the period from March 1968, when Kennedy announced his run, to June...

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