Reading Room

Overlooking Dealey Plaza, the Reading Room is a place for researchers to access the Museum’s vast collection of films, photographs, artifacts, and oral history recordings.

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Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit by Chris Matthews | 2017

Journalist Chris Matthews follows his 2013, Jack Kennedy: An Elusive Hero with another biography about Robert F. Kennedy. Matthews examines how the causes Kennedy championed are as vital today as they were in the 1960s

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To Shape a New World: Essays on The Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Karen Dudley | 2018

A collection of essays examining the significance of King’s writings and speeches. The authors find an array of compelling challenges to current political dilemmas, and rethink the legacy of this towering figure.

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RFK: The Bob Kennedy We Knew by the Editors of Look Magazine | 1968

 In this commemorative photo essay, Robert F. Kennedy is remembered and paid tribute.

To the Mountaintop: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Sacred Mission to Save America, 1955-1968 by Stewart Burns | 2004

An intimate narrative of Martin Luther King Jr.’s intellectual and spiritual journey from cautious liberal, to reluctant radical, to righteous revolutionary.

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Martin Luther King 50 Years Later: His life and Legacy 1929-1968 Special Collector’s Edition by Condé Nast | 2018

This commemorative issue compiles classic articles from The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, includes a timeline of King’s life and accomplishments, excerpts of his most famous speeches, images from marches, and testimonials from politicians, newsmakers, and celebrities.

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85 Days: The Last Campaign of Robert Kennedy by Jules Witcover | 2016

Follow Robert Kennedy’s memorable but brief campaign for the 1968 presidential election. A political journalist, Witcover, reveals the core issues, supporters, and egalitarian vision that propelled Kennedy to the top.

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The Promise and the Dream: The Untold Story of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy by David Margolick | 2018 

Assassinated only sixty-two days apart in 1968, the deaths of Kennedy and King profoundly altered a nation’s trajectory. Fifty years after their death, journalist David Margolick, explores the untold story of the complex and ever-evolving relationship between these two American icons.