”The Dark Side of Camelot, ” an innovative new book by the investigative reporter Seymour M. Hersh, relentlessly attempts to demythologize John F. Kennedy, portraying him as being a careless, often-immoral cad who accepted the assistance of mobsters to take the 1960 Presidential election, became enthusiastic about the necessity to assassinate Fidel Castro, and, against their better judgment, steered the united states of america deeper to the Vietnam war in order not to ever appear poor in the campaign for a second term.
Mr. Hersh’s tasks are an accumulation of exposes, some big, some tiny, in place of a well-balanced historic account. Much anticipated, it’s already much reviled, attracting criticism that is early main-stream historians like Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. And Stephen E. Ambrose and authors like Theodore C. Sorensen, whom question the memories and motives of Mr. Hersh’s sources in order to find the accusations, in Mr. Sorensen’s terms, ”a pathetic assortment of crazy tales. ”
Perhaps the book survives the scrutiny of scholars, the likelihood is in order to become the main topic of a talkfest that is national. Minimal, Brown and business, the publisher, will start offering the guide on Monday with an unusual distribution that is same-day of copies.