Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit

Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit

by Chris Matthews

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501111860
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 20,822
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Chris Matthews is anchor of MSNBC’s Hardball. He is author of Tip and the Gipper; Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero; Kennedy and Nixon; Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think; American: Beyond Our Grandest Notions; Hardball: How Politics Is Played by One Who Knows The Game; and Politicians: The Backroom World They Never Show Us.

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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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    Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I was a teenager when President Kennedy was assassinated and like most Americans was greatly impacted by this tragedy and the events that followed in the late 1960s. Chris Matthew made this turbulent decade come alive with an in depth focus on how Robert Kennedys convictions evolved (for the good regarding civil rights and Vietnam) much like many Americans did. A must read that certainly adds to Robert Kennedys legacy leaving the reader with a profound sense of loss and thoughts of what might have been if he had become President!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I now have an understanding of what drove Bobby to be relentless about fighting injustice. And how truly special Bobby was even in his formative years. This book has caused me to love appreciate Bobby even more and I didn't think that was possible because you see Bobby has been my hero since the early sixties. He was killed two weeks after my 20th birthday and it seemed the world had gone to hell. He would have been a great president. Truly as the song goes, the good die young.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Having coming of age during the fifties and sixties, Matthew's book was a personal experience for me
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    After discovering that I am 13 days older than the author, Chris Matthews , I knew that his insights into the time frame of this book would be incredibly relevant to me. In my senior year in high school , 1963, I experienced the devastating loss of President Kennedy. In my senior year in college in April 1968 I watched with great concern the news of MLK's assassination and wondered what was happening to our nation Then two days before my graduation from college my roommate woke me up to tell me that RFK had been assassinated as well. This book was a revelation to me about the behind the scenes machinations that were occurring during this period I LOVED it. It's a must read for anyone who was even modestly politically inclined during this period and would love to know the "inside story!" A great read while being incredibly interesting !
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Just such detail . .. a story told like Mathews grew alongside the family..
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    That one life lost,that would have saved more lives than any other event in American history. The Vietnam war would have ended 4 years earlier and gun control would have been taken serious in the late 60's. Great story abou a great American.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Brought back so many memories and also thoughts of "what might have been".
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Very informative! Highly recommend this book. I lived thru this era too but was wildly uninformed.
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    Fifty years later, our ripples of hope and God’s grace will bring wisdom to our nation and make America ... America again. Chris Matthews’ presentation of Bobby Kennedy refreshes “the shaping impulse of America that neither fate nor nature nor the irresistible tides of history, but the work of our own hands, matched to reason and principle, that will determine our destiny.
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