Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit
by Chris Matthews
Simon & Schuster
Release Date: October 31, 2017
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One of the most anticipated political biographies of 2017, Chris Matthews’ “Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit” has been described as an admiring but relatively light-weight biography of this brash, charismatic and sometimes ruthless member of the Kennedy clan.
There are already two highly-regarded and seasoned biographies of Robert Kennedy (Arthur Schlesinger’s 1978 “Robert Kennedy and His Times” and Evan Thomas’s 2000 “Robert Kennedy: His Life“) as well as a relatively new biography by Larry Tye (“Robert Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon“).
As a result, it is not yet clear that Matthew’s biography of RFK is, historically speaking, substantially more than a collection of personal reminiscences. Nevertheless, Matthews’ biography is currently a best seller and well-praised by much of its audience.
Third-party reviews and links:
- The Daily Beast (John Avlon) review dated Oct 31, 2017
- New York Journal of Books (Judith Reveal) review
- Washington Independent Review (John Farrell) review dated Nov 11, 2017
- NPR interview of Chris Matthews by Scott Simon dated Dec 2, 2017
- Kirkus review dated September 17, 2017
- Chris Matthews’ author’s page at Simon & Schuster
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From the publisher:
“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.“