Bobby Kennedy

Bobby Kennedy

A Raging Spirit

eBook - 2017
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A revealing new portrait of Robert F. Kennedy that gets closer to the man than any book before, by bestselling author Chris Matthews, an esteemed Kennedy expert and anchor of MSNBC's Hardball. With his bestselling biography Jack Kennedy, Chris Matthews shared a new look of one of America's most beloved Presidents and the patriotic spirit that defined him. Now, with Bobby Kennedy, Matthews returns with a gripping, in-depth, behind-the-scenes portrait of one of the great figures of the American twentieth century. Overlooked by his father, and overshadowed by his war-hero brother, Bobby Kennedy was the perpetual underdog. When he had the chance to become a naval officer like Jack, Bobby turned it down, choosing instead to join the Navy as a common sailor. It was a life changing experience that led him to connect with voters from all walks of life: young or old, black or white, rich or poor. They were the people who turned out for him in his 1968 campaign. RFK would prove himself to be the rarest of politicians-both a pragmatist who knew how to get the job done and an unwavering idealist who could inspire millions. Drawing on extensive research and interviews, Matthews pulls back the curtain on the public and private worlds of Robert Francis Kennedy. He shines a light on all the important moments of his life, from his early years and his start in politics to his crucial role as attorney general in his brother's administration and his tragic run for president. This definitive book brings Bobby Kennedy to life like never before and is destined to become a political classic.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501111884
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Recorded Books, Inc


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Mar 27, 2018

Excellent Book . Highly Recommended . I have enjoyed every single one of Chris Matthews' works and this tome is by far his absolute best . Then again , one can not go wrong writing about Robert Francis Kennedy ( ... a personal favorite of mine ) . The ' Mutual Contempt ' between Lyndon Johnson and Bobby Kennedy defined the 1960's Decade ( ... for better and for worse ) . Indeed , their hatred towards each other becomes quite interesting as a surprising amount of what Johnson did was in reaction to what he thought Bobby Kennedy would do if he was the President . Would RFK have captured the 1968 Democratic Nomination ? Matthews' makes it quite clear that Humphrey's backroom machinations and consummate deal - making might very well have denied RFK the eventual Prize .

Nov 09, 2017

Haven't read this yet but I'll bet anything Matthews doesn't mention that it was Bobby, as President John F. Kennedy's attorney general, who halted the deportation of dissident Iranian students back to Iran for torture or worse by the Shah's SAVAK. [Which circumstantial evidence points to having figured into his assassination - - Lucien Conein trained them and the Iranian special forces between 1960 to 1962.]
I could be wrong, I am far from perfect, but Matthews has proven to be a mediocre author and less than that as a researcher.


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