Thursday, August 31, 2006

Vengeance, The Kennedy Curse, The Dark Side of Camelot

Vengeance, George Jonas, ISBN 0743291646

I read Vengeance a few months before I saw Munich, the movie on the same subject by Steven Spielberg. The book is better but the movie's not bad. Vengeance has some rough edges unlike Spielberg's creation. Terrorism has rough edges. Vengeance is not a pretty thing. Jonas, in his interview of the leader of the Israeli team of Mossad agents, leads us through the same journey this man, Avner, took as he progresses(was it progress?) from a Mossad agent performing menial duties in what was essentially peacetime to the leader of a team of state-sponsored assassins. Avner tries to convince us, and mostly himself, that what he did was right and that he would do it again. But he does not entirely believe this himself. He is riddled with the guilt of murder and the guilt of having led some of his friends to their deaths. He is a hurting man. One who is a shadow of who he would have been. A man stripped of innocence and of the ability to justify what he did in the way a soldier may justify killing to defend either himself, his friends, or his country. What they did was not noble and not defensible. Do we become monsters in fighting the monsters of this world? This is an important question for us to answer in these morally grey, difficult to understand times.

The Kennedy Curse, Edward Klien, ISBN 031231292X

Although the premise of this book, that the number of Kennedys who died tragically is somehow linked to a curse is just hokey, the research done by Klein seems solid. After years of hearing a lot about John F. Kennedy I wanted to get a better insight into who he really was. In order to understand John you have to understand Honey Fitzgerald, his favourite grandfather, and John's father Joseph Kennedy and the role he played in shaping his family. It was not any curse that led to the tragedies within the Kennedy clan, just bad corrupt leadership.

The Dark Side of Camelot

This one is more specifically about John F. Kennedy but still covers much of his family. The facts are similar to the previous book but the presentation is different with more of a focus on Jack. It is less distracting then 'The Curse', allowing us to concentrate more on the facts. What he presents is not pretty either. I've only begun reading and so will have to see where it leads. I wanted a second perspective so I could check the 'facts' presented in The Curse. So far they are supported.

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