''The Dark Side of Camelot, '' a brand new guide because of the investigative reporter Seymour M. Hersh, relentlessly attempts to demythologize John F. Kennedy, portraying him being a careless, often-immoral cad whom accepted aid from mobsters to steal the 1960 Presidential election, became enthusiastic about the requirement to assassinate Fidel Castro, and, against their better judgment, steered the united states of america deeper into the Vietnam war so as not to ever appear poor inside the campaign for a term that is second.
Mr. Hersh's tasks are an accumulation of exposes, some big, some little, as opposed to a balanced historic account. Much anticipated, it really is already much reviled, attracting criticism that is early main-stream historians like Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. And Stephen E. Ambrose and article writers 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 number of wild tales. ''
Whether or not the guide survives the scrutiny of scholars, it's likely in order to become the main topic of a nationwide talkfest. Minimal, Brown and business, the publisher, will start attempting to sell the guide on Monday with an unusual distribution that is same-day of copies. A version that is documentary be broadcast on ABC, most likely in very early December, stated a system spokeswoman, Eileen Murphy. ''We have actually great objectives, '' she stated.