In some respects the story starts to become more complicated but the overall pace and direction clearer. This might on one level be about the Teamsters and Hoffa and corruption. But on another it is about the Kennedy brothers and their plans to shake things up.
In that relationship Bobby is the more determined to change the world with Jack happy to skip between beds of women he takes a fancy too and not too particular about talking with mobsters.
At the top of the tree the Kennedy's exist in a world with Howard Hughes and Hoover but underneath, and not too far below, there are those they rely on to kill, punish and secure favours on their behalf. It is the ability to mix in both of those strata that makes American Tabloid so gripping and so believable.