Bobby Kennedy

Bobby Kennedy

A Raging Spirit

Book - 2017 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
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"Bobby Kennedy was a personal hero to a multitude of Americans. As the train carrying his body headed to Washington, whites and blacks alike stood along the tracks, saluting him. They loved him as a fellow patriot who believed a great country could also be a good one. Chris Matthews, the host of MSNBC's Hardball, has discovered what made him who he was. By tracing Kennedy's life from early boyhood, he's found the man's moral roots. He's answered the question of how this idealist could be called "ruthless," and how this devoutly religious man could also be deeply ambitious. We view Bobby as he grew and changed, how the causes he championed are as vital today as they were in the 1960s. We see how much the life and public career of Bobby Kennedy matters today. As a longtime student of the Kennedy family Matthews brings a keen and vivid understanding of the tribal spirit within the family's private world. As a fellow Irish Catholic, he illustrates how Bobby's faith and loyalty to family influenced him from his days as an altar boy to his years fighting for the rights of African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans. Drawing on extensive research and intimate interviews, Matthews shines a light on all the important moments of Bobby's life: his upbringing, his start in politics, his crucial role fighting for civil rights as attorney general, and his tragic run for president. The result is a resonant and uplifting portrait of a man's journey to a life of great and enduring purpose. Bobby Kennedy's spirit lives on passionately and powerfully within the pages of this book. Thanks to Chris Matthews, he continues to be a model for political bravery and moral leadership, and one of America's great figures of the twentieth century."--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [2017]
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501111860
Branch Call Number: 973.922092 K386M 2017
Characteristics: 396 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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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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