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Dec 4, 2017

A revealing new portrait of Robert F. Kennedy gets closer to the man than any book before, by bestselling author Chris Matthews, esteemed Kennedy expert and anchor of MSNBC’s Hardball. Drawing on extensive research and interviews, Matthews pulls back the curtain on the public and private worlds of Bobby Kennedy, rendering an image of him as the perpetual underdog—overlooked by his father and overshadowed by his war-hero brother. In Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit Matthews recounts Bobby’s life-changing choice to enter the Navy as a common sailor, and how it led him to connect with voters from all walks of life: young or old, black or white, rich or poor. Matthews shared a deep understanding of RFK as the rarest of politicians—both a pragmatist who knew how to get the job done and an unwavering idealist who could inspire millions.

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; and now Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit.

Recorded live at Temple De Hirsch Sinai by Town Hall Seattle on Thursday, November 16, 2017.