The Dark Side of Camelot

The Dark Side of Camelot

Seymour M. Hersh / Sep 20, 2019

The Dark Side of Camelot If the Kennedys are America s royal family then John F Kennedy was the nation s crown prince Magnetic handsome and charismatic his perfectly coifed image overshadowed the successes and failures of

  • Title: The Dark Side of Camelot
  • Author: Seymour M. Hersh
  • ISBN: 9780316360678
  • Page: 217
  • Format: Paperback
  • If the Kennedys are America s royal family, then John F Kennedy was the nation s crown prince Magnetic, handsome, and charismatic, his perfectly coifed image overshadowed the successes and failures of his presidency, and his assassination cemented his near mythological status in American culture and politics Struck down in his prime, he represented the best and the brigIf the Kennedys are America s royal family, then John F Kennedy was the nation s crown prince Magnetic, handsome, and charismatic, his perfectly coifed image overshadowed the successes and failures of his presidency, and his assassination cemented his near mythological status in American culture and politics Struck down in his prime, he represented the best and the brightest of America s future, and when he died, part of the nation s promise and innocence went with him That, at least, is the public version of the story.The private version, according to Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour M Hersh, is quite different His meticulous investigation of Kennedy has revealed a wealth of indiscretions and malfeasance, ranging from frequent liaisons with prostitutes and mistresses to the attempted assassination of Fidel Castro to involvement in organized crime Though scandals in the White House are nothing new, Hersh maintains that Kennedy s activities went beyond minor abuses of power and personal indulgences they threatened the security of the nation particularly in the realm of foreign policy and the integrity of the office Hersh believes it was only a matter of time before Kennedy s dealings were exposed, and only his popularity and charm, compounded by his premature death, spared such an investigation for so long Exposure was further stalled by Bobby Kennedy s involvement in nefarious dealings, enabling him to bury any investigation of his brother and by extension himself.Based on interviews with former Kennedy administration officials, former Secret Service agents, and hundreds of Kennedy s personal friends and associates, The Dark Side of Camelot rewrites the history of John F Kennedy and his presidency.

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      • Seymour M. Hersh

        Seymour Sy Myron Hersh is an American Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist and author based in Washington, D.C He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker magazine on military and security matters He has also won two National Magazine Awards and is a five time Polk winner and recipient of the 2004 George Orwell Award He first gained worldwide recognition in 1969 for exposing the My Lai Massacre and its cover up during the Vietnam War, for which he received the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting His 2004 reports on the US military s mistreatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison gained much attention.


    1. The basic theory the author of this book Seymour M. Hersh puts forward is that John F. Kennedy was a bad President because he was a bad person. Mr. Hersh seems to think that in order to be an effective leader, you have to be a person of good character. As much as I wish this was true, I'm just not that naive. Bill Clinton is not a man of great character but most people seem to agree that he was a pretty good President ( despite that whole Impeachment thing). Jimmy Carter is a good man. He's a mi [...]

    2. A lot has been written about the Kennedy administration, and a great number of those books, if not the vast majority, paint Kennedy as a national treasure, a shrewd negotiator, and a champion of Civil Rights, space exploration, and global democracy. He was the people's president. A loving family man adored by photographers, the press, and the public alike.This is not that book. This is the truth. John F. Kennedy was a terrible human being. A sexual predator. A drug addict. A crook. A plotter, sc [...]

    3. "Drinking and partying became constant features of presidential travel."I press this book on people all the time. No one believes me when I cite the most tawdry Kennedy stories, so I have to point them to Hersh's interviews with Secret Service agents who observed close-up the bacchanal that was the JFK entourage. In addition to those interviews, the stuff on Joseph P. Kennedy is fascinating--what a beast! It took a political master like FDR to checkmate him.

    4. From the other side of the Atlantic I have kept a fascination on the assassinations of not just JFK, but also his brother and Martin Luther King. I lived through these times and over the decades I have accumulated rather a large personal collection of books on these killings. To widen my studies I also include prominent biographies and many other Kennedy tomes. I have visited the States to attend conferences on JFK's killing and I contribute articles on this topic to a U.K. research journal.As H [...]

    5. Well, that was life-alteringly depressing. I have never been a great Kennedy fan, but I've also never been a huge detractor. I was aware of some womanizing "issues" (although I had no idea the extent), and that the Bay of Pigs was a total cluster fudge, but beyond worse d that I really had no opinion. Good things, bad things, seemed like the normal mix of a presidency, just more extreme in some areas.It wasa little than I thought, and the author destroyed virtually any possibility of a positive [...]

    6. I think I need to put this disclaimer in first. I am a fan of John F. Kennedy. I do have my own strong opinions about his career and his life. However, I do see myself still able to review books without a huge amount of bias. Mainly because I am aware of this potential bias from the outset.The reason why I did not like this book is because most of the accusations the author spews is unsubstaintiated. He gives many "unnamed sources" which completely dissolves his argument in my view. If you are g [...]

    7. Interesting information and details, but Hersh is more than a bit repetitive, telling the same story over and over again. And Hersh is more than a bit repetitive, telling the same story over and over again. And Hersh is more than a bit repetitive, telling the same story over and over again. Yup, that's exactly how it feels to read this book.And I got very tired of reading the phrase "in an interview for this book"; Yeah, I get it, you conducted interviews for the book. I figured that out on my o [...]

    8. I was intrigued by Kennedy's presidency after reading Bill O'Reilly's "Killing Kennedy", but found myself completely disturbed by the accounts reported in this book. If only a quater of these accounts are accuate, it's disturbing - not just the womanizing, but the path to election and the cover-up of mistakes. I guess I never really looked into the claims and rumors I had previously heard and like most Americans of my generation just accepted the accounts of the Kennedy dream presidency. We've f [...]

    9. Hersh's thesis is that JFK's moral weaknesses limited his ability to fulfill his duties as President; and that, moreover, the image of JFK as the devout Catholic and focused President, who was fully committed to the well being of his family and country, is more myth than fact. His thesis is proven through interviews and documentation, which indicate extensive adultery and corruption.The book serves as both a challenge and a caution. It's a challenge to those who would allow a politician's charis [...]

    10. I just finished reading The Dark Side of Camelot by Seymour M. Hersh. Hersh is a digger, and I've read plenty of his magazine articles over the years. This was my first time reading one of his books - boy, did he find out plenty about John F. Kennedy and his life hidden from the public eye. Yeah, we all know about the sex, but not to the degree Hersh describes. And we know Kennedy got the U.S. into Vietnam, but not the level of involvement Hersh charges him in keeping us there longer than we sho [...]

    11. And to think - I used to have a good opinion of JFK.Evil is a good word that comes to mind when I think of him now. Of course, maybe if he'd ever had the courage to stand up to his domineering father, things would have turned out differently. Perhaps he wouldn't have needed "a strange piece of ass" a day to sate his insatiable sexual appetite.Perhaps he wouldn't have needed to bribe West Virginia officials with $10,000 each to win the primary there in 1960.Perhaps he wouldn't have ferried money [...]

    12. Hersh's take on JFK is oddly bifurcated (then again, JFK's personality was too) as he tends to alternate chapters about Kennedy's sexual rapacity and other peccadilloes with chapters about policy issues. (Of course, these often intersect, as in the infamous "contract for General Dynamics to build a plane that didn't fly, instead of Boeing to build one that would have worked, in exchange for GD officials not blackmailing JFK over his affair with Judith Campbell Exner" deal.) One wonders how JFK f [...]

    13. I want to start by saying that I did like this book. I thought it had a lot of great information and a lot of great gossip, which I love. I definitely learned things about the Kennedys and his presidency that I did not know before, and the things I did know I felt like Hersh shined a new light on them. Hersh did his research and you can tell in this book. The things that I didn't like are mostly things that I as a reader just don't enjoy. Names. So many many names. Its hard to keep track of whos [...]

    14. If you want to learn to detest, but probably remain fascinated by, the Kennedy family, read this book and that by Collier and Horowitz, The Kennedys. The former is a take from the liberal side, the latter from the far right, but both have substantial points of agreement, particularly about the personal lives of Joseph Sr. and John F. Kennedy. (Their portrayals of Robert F. Kennedy, however, sharply diverge.)By extension, both books also suggest quite a lot about how power and wealth corrupt thro [...]

    15. Seymour Hersh obviously didn't win Pulitzer prizes on the merits of this book which reads more like a gossip rag than a serious study of the Camelot years. While I admit to being one of those who wants to believe in the myth I have heard much of this before and much more that I for one don't want to hear at all. Salacious, mean spirited and somewhat poorly documented much reads like hearsay and hearsay from people who in a court of law wouldn't be given much credence. I've had enough

    16. An excellent read about the dark side of JFK, RFK and the yes men around them. The case against them is pretty shocking and repulsive, if you believe the charges that the author makes in this book. Definitely worth a read for all students of American history.

    17. This book is awesome. I am so disappointed in Jack Kennedy, he was nothing but a "pretty face", a crook thru and thru and that goes for his brother as well. This book should be required reading for all high school students.

    18. Privilege, excess and entitlement are the overshadowing themes of this book. While deftly written, it details the lives of the prior generations of Kennedy men much more than I imagined or wanted to know.

    19. A sad but true story of the philandering president Kennedy and his sex history. How amazing that he had a bout of chlamydia while the Cuban Missle Crisis was going on. No wonder Americans aren't allowed in Cuba!

    20. The Kennedy clan was even trashier than I'd imagined; reading about them gave me a needed break from Election 2016.

    21. Seymour Hersh's THE DARK SIDE OF CAMELOT came out almost 20 years ago now and was quite a sensation with its tabloid tales of lying, manipulating, and infidelity by John F. Kennedy during his rise to power and in the White House. I remember the book being a bestseller around the time of the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal and it was cited with glee by many on the right wing as documented proof that all Democrats were immoral and sexually degenerate. When I recently picked up Hersh's book, I wondered ho [...]

    22. Although I'm not a big fan of footnotes, Seymour M. Hersh dispels the myths of Camelot and the royalty of America that is considered to be the Kennedy's. Hersh makes it easy to see why the Clinton's idolized the Kennedy clan, especially Jack and Bobby when they were in power in the White House. Justified Bill's womanizing and Hillary's corruption.Hersh makes the Trump administration look squeaky clean compared to the Kennedy administration. I don't believe we have resorted to subversive assassin [...]

    23. Seymour Hersh has built a reputation for outstanding investigative reporting that has consistently rankeled those in power. In "The Dark Side of Camelot" we learn a great deal about the inner workings of the Kennedy White House. This book has been widely criticized as a hatchet job on Kennedy relying too much on unnamed sources and second-hand information. One thing is clear, even if half of the allegations about Kennedy are true, it is enough to cause historians to reconsider their assessment o [...]

    24. It is really unbelievable to me that such a terrible human being could be such an adored, celebrated President. I would be tempted to not believe some of the author's claims, except that the book was written by a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist who exhaustively researched for it. I am less than halfway through the book, and I have nothing but the utmost disgust for JFK (and the rest of his family of crooks.)

    25. Vraiment, vraiment anti-Kennedy. Ça ne m'aurait pas posé de problème si les faits en avait été des vrais, et non pas des associations. De la part d'un journaliste, je m'attendais à autre chose qu'une démonstration de culpabilité par association.

    26. Very well researched book on JFK and his times but more could be divulged on who was responsible for his assassination .

    27. Very interesting book for someone who loves politics but a bit too heavy for my taste, i would have liked something more condense.

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