Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit

Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit

by Chris Matthews


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594869658
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 151,692
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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.

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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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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