This review contains quotes from the book.
*Special thanks to Simon and Schuster for allowing us to read Chris Matthews’ Bobby Kennedy.
Chris Matthews writes an extraordinary novel about the courageous Bobby Kennedy and offers a deeper look into Bobby as both a politician and human being. From the start, Matthews expresses a fascination with for Bobby for his leadership and devotion to the American people. With his latest biography, Matthews makes it his mission to share with the world who Bobby truly was.
“It was, after all, Bobby Kennedy of the two, who’d recognized the historic urgency of making civil rights a national priority, who saw how vital it was to elevate the struggle to a main goal of his brother’s presidency. It was he who’d argued that ending segregation was a matter of American conscience. Over the following years, up until his own death, one can see clearly how — after that signal beginning, when serving as his brother’s vigilant attorney general — he progressed further and further into the role of activist champion of the country’s disinherited.”
-excerpt from Chris Matthews’ Bobby Kennedy
Bobby, the younger brother of departed former President of the United States John F. Kennedy, had shared a special bond with his older sibling. Despite Bobby’s lack of representation in history, through Matthews’ book, we learn he actually assisted getting JFK into the Senate and then eventually become president. Not to mention, Bobby also helped with a lot of decisions made behind the scenes. For instance, we learn he was vital to how JFK handled the Cuban Missile Crisis; and he had the Civil Rights Act pushed to the forefront of JFK’s agenda. This showed American people the kind of prominence Bobby had with not only JFK but with political affairs as well.
“To honor his life in politics, to mark the half century of his loss and the hope that our country can find its way back to the patriotic unity he championed… for all Americans, this is my story of Robert F. Kennedy.”
-excerpt from Chris Matthews’s Bobby Kennedy
Matthews showcases all the valuable parts of Bobby’s life. He shows his childhood, how he got into politics, his fight for civil rights when he was attorney general, and his eventual run for the presidency, which ended in tragedy.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history, especially if you are as obsessed with the Kennedy’s as I am. This book was everything I hoped it would be and more, and I especially loved learning more about Bobby. Matthews’s accounts offered so many lesser-known details about Bobby and the relationship and importance he had while working under his brother. Overall, this book is perfect for anyone who loved Bobby as a man and as a leader.