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Broken Glory: The Final Years of Robert F. Kennedy  by Ed Sanders

Published by Arcade Publishing (May 15, 2018)

June 5, 2018, is the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, and there are still unanswered questions about whether his murder was the result of a conspiracy. Broken Glory is a graphic history told in epic verse of Bobby Kennedy’s life and times leading up to the fateful 1968 election campaign, with 100 illustrations by artist Rick Veitch.

It encompasses the story of his convicted killer, Sirhan Sirhan, as well as a large cast of characters that includes Lyndon Johnson, J. Edgar Hoover, Richard Nixon, and Eugene McCarthy, who was the first to challenge the sitting president of his own party in the 1968 election, and it recalls the major events that made 1968 a turning point in American history: the Tet offensive and battle of Hue, followed soon after by the My Lai massacre, the Memphis sanitation workers strike, the assassination of Martin Luther King, and the riots that ensued.

The authors illuminate the evidence for a conspiracy, fostered perhaps by elements of the CIA, that fielded a second shooter and made of Sirhan Sirhan a patsy, mirroring the part played by Lee Harvey Oswald in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, an event that haunted JFK’s younger brother until his dying day.

"[Sanders] performs a mesmerizing feat of documentary artistry in this powerful distillation of tragic ironies, baffling inconsistencies, and possible explanations, a book of epic verse seamless and supple in its cadence, vivid in its language, sharp in its critique, and deeply moving in its elegiac feelings . . . perfectly matched with comic artist Veitch’s reverberating drawings. . . . What emerges most definitively and hauntingly is Robert F. Kennedy’s conviction, eloquence, and courage, and how very much the world lost on June 5, 1968.”―Booklist, starred review

“A unique and readable account of the senator’s tragic last months.”―School Library Journal

"Poet Ed Sanders's graphic history on the death of Robert Kennedy (and Martin Luther King Jr.) takes the form of a long poem, with illustrations by Rick Veitch. Apprising history as a poem is a brilliant device, because poetry is always involved with the specific, the concrete, the pertinent detail. Every assertion in Sander’s text is sourced and usually witnessed by three or more people. Has the fog of history obscured facts like the LA coroner insisting that different guns were used in the killing of RFK, and numerous crime investigators examining the bullets and supporting his conclusion? The book is like Rashomon. I highly recommend it."―Peter Coyote

"Read Broken Glory carefully and look carefully, then read and look another time. There is dynamite here, not the kind used by terrorists on all sides of the law and the military, but dynamite for the mind. . . . Broken GloryI is an important addition to the world of the so-called graphic history or graphic novel, aka ‘comic art,’ and likewise to the political saga of the sixties. It should recall memories, some of them carefully hidden, and bring to the mostly under-thirty ‘millennial’ readers disturbing suggestions about how American politics sometimes works in eras of social unrest.”―Paul Buhle, retired senior lecturer at Brown University, author of social histories of American life, and editor of more than a dozen nonfiction graphic novels or “nonfiction comics”

Ed Sanders is a poet and performer whose roots go back to the Beats and early Grove Press. He was active in the antiwar movement during the Vietnam War. He began publishing the mimeographed magazine Fuck You! a Magazine of the Arts in 1962 and in 1965, started the Peace Eye Bookstore on Manhattan's Lower East Side, which became a center for countercultural and antiwar activities. He was a founding member of the satiric folk-rock band Fugs and also of the Yippies. He helped found the underground newspaper The East Village Other and wrote numerous articles for the Underground Press network. He has received Guggenheim and National Endowment of the Arts Fellowships as well as a poetry fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Performing Arts. He is the author of numerous works of poetry and nonfiction, including Thirsting for Peace in a Raging Century: Selected Poems, 1961– 1985, winner of an American Book Award, 1968: A History in Verse, and the nonfiction work The Family, about Charles Manson and his dystopic communal family, on which the new movie Charlie Says is based. He lives in Woodstock, New York.

Rick Veitch is a lifelong cartoonist. He illustrated Swamp Thing while at DC Comics and is the author of innumerable alternative comic books, including Can't Get Noneand the Eisner Award–nominated Brat Pack, The Maximortal, and Rare Bit Fiends. He lives in West Townsend, Vermont.