| Welcome to Unredacted, the MFF's interview show featuring authors and experts on the Kennedy assassination and related topics. This episode features an interview with Burton Hersh, author of The Old Boys and the new book Bobby and J. Edgar: The Historic Face-Off Between the Kennedys and J. Edgar Hoover That Transformed America.
The story puts the relationship between Attorney General Robert Kennedy and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover into a context which includes father Joe Kennedy's not-always-savory past, RFK's tenure with the McCarthy Committee and his disdain for its counsel Roy Cohn, mobsters including Frank Costello and Sam Giancana, and much of the rest of the saga of the Kennedy family. Drawing upon both published works and insider interviews, Hersh paints a complex portrait which neither vilifies nor glorifies either RFK or Hoover.
In this interview, Burton Hersh tells some of the stories recounted in his new book, and offers perspective on the era and the players.
Reviews of Bobby and J. Edgar
Collision Course, by David Corn, New York Times. See also Hersh's reply.
Trento's Column: Bobby and J. Edgar - A New Secret History, by Joe Trento, storiesthatmatter.org.
Review of Burton Hersh's Bobby and J. Edgar, by Mel Ayton, History News Network.
Bobby and J. Edgar by Burton Hersh, by Jem Bloomfield, suite101.com.
Other Burton Hersh Interviews
Fresh Air, on NPR, 10 Sep 2007.
About Burton Hersh
Tree Farm Books offers information about Burton Hersh, The Old Boys, and The Nature of the Beast.
Essays by Burton Hersh
The First 150 Pages, in New York Times.
Other Books by Burton Hersh
|| The Old Boys|
Tree Farm Books, 2001
|| The Shadow President: Ted Kennedy in Opposition|
Diane Publishing Co., 1997
|| The Nature of the Best|
Tree Farm Books, 2002
|| The Mellon Family: A Fortune in History|
William Morrow & Co., 1978