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September 20, 2000 - 12:00 PDT

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ROBERT F. KENNEDY, A Spiritual Biography by Konstantin Sidorenko renders an intelligent presentation of the multifaceted individual known as Bobby Kennedy-a husband, father, lawyer, politician and devotee to the church. A richly written text that takes a look at the Robert F. Kennedy that you thought you knew. Debate over who the real Robert F. Kennedy was has sparked controversial discussions about RFK the man and RFK the public persona. Ronald Steel in his new biography has suggested that Kennedy was a schemer who used the rhetoric of religion, civil rights, and liberal causes for self-gain. In this new biography, Konstantin Sidorenko faces the question of Bobby's integrity head-on and shows evidence of true piety and devotion to the down trodden in him. People either loved Robert F. Kennedy or they hated him. This biography explores the life of a man who was known for his hard-driven ruthlessness: a man who could easily cross-examine a known mobster in court and bring said mobster to tears on the stand. He was also the same man who would attend mass and be moved deeply-for him mass was attended not out of duty, but out of a need for spiritual fulfillment. As a child, Robert Kennedy was the daredevil of the Kennedy's brood of children. His ambitions were evident from a young age, where he was constantly determined to outdo his older brothers-and often succeeding. The young Robert was not a sparkling student academically but grasped a great deal despite his age. His mother played an instrumental role in the deep spirituality he possessed as an adult. His father, Joe, Sr. usually decided where the boys in the family were to attend school. However, in Robert's case his mother decided to send him to schools that you educate him both academically, as well as religiously. The lasting effects of which were evident in his short yet compelling life. This insightful tribute manages to depict the Robert Kennedy that we all ready know, but counters each important feature of his life as affected by his religious beliefs. This ranged from his drawing comfort from his spiritual beliefs after the assassination of his brother, President John F. Kennedy, to his simple resignation not to live in fear when his own life was threatened. These beliefs also colored his political beliefs as well. In many ways, the life of Robert F. Kennedy resembles two sides of a coin. One side shows the hard-driven, ruthless prosecutor, battering witnesses, ignoring their civil rights. The other side shows a daily communicant at Mass and a man with an absolute belief in God. This is the side that gave Bobby faith in himself and an undeniable sympathy for the poor and disadvantaged. Bobby Kennedy's true story is about how he reconciled these opposite forces. Sidorenko also manages to capture a witty Robert F. Kennedy, the one with the great sense of humor who was also a bit of a prankster. He and Ethel were known to initiate people they liked at their parties by tossing them into the pool-they were then members of the group. ROBERT F. KENNEDY, A Spiritual Biography is an unsentimental, and yet refreshing look at one of the most complex, indomitable and enigmatic political figure in history. This biography is also the latest installment from Crossroad 8th Avenue's Lives & Legacies series of biographies, other titles include: Duke Ellington, Joan of Arc, Frida Kahlo and Pope John XXIII. Konstantin Sidorenko is a freelance journalist who holds a degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He has written extensively on urban development and the politics and regulation of alcoholic beverages. His next book is a biography of Edward Payson Weston. Sidorenko resides in New York City. Biography/Politics ISBN: 0-8245-2355-5 $19.95 Hardcover Pub: November 2000

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