Three books on the Kennedys

 

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KENNEDY AND KING: The President, the Pastor, and the Battle Over Civil Rights, by Steven Levingston. Much has been written about both John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., but this book by the nonfiction editor of The Washington Post Book World focuses on the complicated relationship — “often clashing but always respectful” — between these two giants of 20th century American history. (Hachette, $28)

 

THE REVOLUTION OF ROBERT KENNEDY: From Power to Protest After JFK, by John R. Bohrer. A historian and journalist looks at Bobby during the pivotal three years after his brother’s assassination in 1963. During this period, Bobby left the administration (he had been attorney general), was elected U.S. Senator from New York and developed the platform of social justice and opposition to the Vietnam War that would mark his campaign for the presidency. (Bloomsbury, $30)

 

JACKIE’S GIRL: My Life with the Kennedy Family, by Kathy McKeon. In 1964 McKeon was a 19-year-old immigrant from Ireland hired by former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy as a personal assistant. (Rose Kennedy dubbed her “Jackie’s girl,” since she was always at her employer’s side.) Her heartfelt memoir describes 13 years of work and friendship with the Kennedys, her role in raising John and Caroline, through Jackie’s marriage to Aristotle Onassis, Bobby Kennedy’s assassination and beyond. (Gallery, $26)