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Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit

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Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit by Chris Matthews

New York Times Bestseller

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.

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ISBN-13:
9781501111860
9781501111860
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
10/31/2017
Pages:
416
416
Sales rank:
29
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
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About the Author

About the Author

Chris Matthews is the host of MSNBC’s Hardball. He is the author of Jack Kennedy—Elusive Hero; Tip and the Gipper—When Politics Worked; Kennedy and Nixon; Hardball; and now Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit.

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Bobby Kennedy

  • Bobby, 12, with younger brother Teddy.

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    Table of Contents

    Table of Contents

    Prologue 1

    Chapter 1 Altar Boy 15

    Chapter 2 Ambassador's Son 27

    Chapter 3 Honor Thy Father 37

    Chapter 4 Rites of Passage 51

    Chapter 5 Commitment 71

    Chapter 6 Brother 85

    Chapter 7 The Kennedy Party 95

    Chapter 8 Clan 107

    Chapter 9 Hail Mary 131

    Chapter 10 Irish Cop 145

    Chapter 11 Enforcer 161

    Chapter 12 The Enemy Within 175

    Chapter 13 Victory 185

    Chapter 14 Freedom Fighter 199

    Chapter 15 General 211

    Chapter 16 Two Great Men 225

    Chapter 17 Civil Rights 235

    Chapter 18 Relic 253

    Chapter 19 Brave Heart 271

    Chapter 20 Affirmation 289

    Chapter 21 The Movement 299

    Chapter 22 Vigil 309

    Chapter 23 Defiance 317

    Chapter 24 Sacrifice 331

    Chapter 25 Salute 339

    Acknowledgments 343

    Notes 347

    Bibliography 379

    Index 383

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    Editorial Reviews

    Editorial Reviews

    “Chris Matthews evocatively brings the man and his moment back to life. It is a story that needs to be told again as a heroic counterpoint to the Trump era’s fundamental disrespect for the idea that politics can be a noble profession.”

    –John Avlon, The Daily Beast

    “Considerable insight from beginning to end”

    –The New Republic

    “A brisk, admiring portrait that burnishes the Kennedy image.”

    Kirkus Reviews

    “Cogently illustrates leadership qualities Kennedy possessed that are sorely lacking in today’s divisive culture.”

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    “If you love reading about politics, if you ever loved the Kennedys or were fascinated by them, if you love biographical history or if you just like a good yarn about a brooding soul who turns into an uplifting, magnetic force—Chris Matthews’ “Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit” Should be your next read. It’s well-researched, dramatically told. It brings those times—Camelot and after—back to life.”

    Lesley Stahl, Correspondent for 60 Minutes

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