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10 books to mark

Today is the anniversary of the shooting of Senator Robert Kennedy, in 1968.

He died the next day and his killer, Sirhan Sirhan, remains in jail. Here are 10 books about the Kennedy family and their influential circle, popularly known as Camelot.

CAMELOT'S COURT

Robert Dallek, 2013

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Kennedy's leading biographer, who is to archives what woodworm is to oak, offers a new portrait of the naive President and his inner clique, who oversaw such pivotal events as the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban missile crisis, Vietnam and civil rights.

ROBERT KENNEDY AND HIS TIMES

Arthur M Schlesinger, 1978

A sensitive account of the Kennedy family's second presidential hopeful, and his commitment to the vulnerable in society, it won the National Book Award.

THE KENNEDY HALF CENTURY

Larry J Sabato, 2013

Professor Sabato's account of JFK's murder in Dallas and the legacy of his presidency is closely researched but

is written with almost conversational ease.

JACKIE, ETHEL, JOAN: WOMEN OF CAMELOT

J Randy Taraborrelli, 2000

The Kennedy women were powers behind the thrones. Celebrity biographer Taraborrelli looks at the glamorous wives of JFK, Robert and Ted, who were loyal through tough times as well as good.

OSWALD'S TALE: AN AMERICAN MYSTERY

Norman Mailer, 1996

The story of Lee Harvey Oswald, based on KGB and FBI transcripts, this is a vivid biography of a man few people believe acted alone, by one of the most powerful literary figures of his day.

IN THE KENNEDY STYLE - MAGICAL EVENINGS IN THE KENNEDY WHITE HOUSE

Letitia Baldridge, 1998

Including menus and recipes from the White House chef, this coffee table book from a Kennedy afficionado offers a key-hole onto the domestic splendour that helped create the mystique of the Kennedy's political circle.

THE TEARS OF AUTUMN

Charles McCarry, 1974

The first novel about JFK's assassination, it was also the first book to do more than hint at the president's insatiable sexual appetite.

LIBRA

Don DeLillo, 1988

Beyond doubt the finest of the countless novels inspired by the killing of JFK, it looks at events from assassin Lee Harvey Oswald's perspective.

LOSS OF INNOCENCE

Richard North Patterson, 2013

Set in Martha's Vineyard, in the aftermath of Bobby Kennedy's death, this novel is considered by some to be Patterson's best yet.

WINTER KILLS

Richard Condon, 2013

Former member of the US Merchant Marine, bestseller Condon's new political thriller echoes the JFK killing, and throws up questions still to be answered about that horrifying event.

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