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A revealing new portrait of Robert F. Kennedy that gets closer to the man than any book before, by best-selling author Chris Matthews, an esteemed Kennedy expert and anchor of MSNBC's Hardball.
With his best-selling biography Jack Kennedy, Chris Matthews shared a new look at 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 20th 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.
©2017 Chris Matthews (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 02-23-18

What Could Have Been.

This is a hagiographic biography. Matthews states of the Kennedy brothers: “All that youth and hope and sense of change; you couldn’t be alive and not feel it”.

The book is well written and researched. It covers some of the family history but primarily focuses is on Robert Kennedy, the third son. Matthews states Bobby chose to join the Navy as an enlisted man. He states that this helped him to easily mix with working people and developed his empathy for the poor, downtrodden and marginalized people. Matthews attempted to be unbiased, but to me his admiration for Bobby came through. Matthews emphasized that Bobby was more interested in Civil Rights than was JFK. I enjoyed reading this book. I picked up a few pearls of information, but most of the material has been covered in other biographies such as “Robert Kennedy and His Time” by Arthur Schlesinger. I think Matthews attempted to portray the person Bobby was rather than him being a famous Kennedy.

The book is just over nine hours. Chris Matthews narrated the book himself.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 11-02-17

Bobby how we need you

Chris Matthews understanding of Irish -Catholic politicians and their contributions to America is one of his great talents. He shows us Bobby's journey through the political landscape of his lifetime and the trial by fire that shaped him. He reminds us just how much we lost. Bobby knew right from wrong and stood up for everyone 's place at the table. How we need people like him in politics now. Thank you Mr. Matthews for a great book and reminding me of my pride of my
Irish- Catholic roots.

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