Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit

Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit

by Chris Matthews


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501111860
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 1,188,576
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Chris Matthews is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit, Jack Kennedy—Elusive Hero, Tip and the Gipper—When Politics Worked, Kennedy and Nixon, and Hardball. He is the former host of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews.

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Bobby Kennedy

Bobby, 12, with younger brother Teddy.

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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