Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball, is the author of Jack Kennedy—Elusive Hero, Tip and the Gipper—When Politics Worked, Kennedy and Nixon, and Hardball. His eighth book, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit, reflects the author’s life and passion in the heart of American politics. As Washington bureau chief for the San Francisco Examiner, he covered some of the biggest stories of the late 20th century and has covered every presidential election since 1988. An alumnus of Holy Cross, Matthews did graduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a Peace Corps volunteer, he served as a trade development advisor for two years with the Kingdom of Swaziland. He holds 34 honorary degrees.
MFOB FEATURED BOOK: Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit
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 and old, black and white, rich and poor. They were the people who turned out for him in his 1968 campaign. 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.