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Author Larry Tye – Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon. LECTURE & BOOK SIGNING

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New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist Larry Tye, given unprecedented access by those close to Bobby,  has written a new biography of the most complex and controversial member of the Kennedy family.

Please join us for a lecture and book signing with Larry Tye on his latest book Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon on August 10, 2016 at the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis. The book will be available for sale and signing at the event.

About the Moderator

Emily Rooney, creator and former host of Greater Boston on WGBH, since 1997, Emily has brought her journalistic credentials and deep knowledge of media, politics and culture to the WGBH audience and has earned numerous awards, including the National Press Club’s prestigious Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism, a series of New England Emmy Awards, and Associated Press recognition for Best News/Talk Show.

Before coming to WGBH, Emily was director of political coverage and special events at Fox Network in New York from 1994 to 1997. Prior to that, she was executive producer of ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. Emily also worked at WCVB-­TV in Boston from 1979 to 1993, where she served as news director for three years and as assistant news director before that.

Emily Rooney, creator and former host of Greater Boston on WGBH, since 1997, Emily has brought her journalistic credentials and deep knowledge of media, politics and culture to the WGBH audience and has earned numerous awards, including the National Press Club’s prestigious Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism, a series of New England Emmy Awards, and Associated Press recognition for Best News/Talk Show.

Before coming to WGBH, Emily was director of political coverage and special events at Fox Network in New York from 1994 to 1997. Prior to that, she was executive producer of ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. Emily also worked at WCVB-­TV in Boston from 1979 to 1993, where she served as news director for three years and as assistant news director before that.

About the Book: Bobby Kennedy: The Making of A Liberal Icon

RobertKennedy-MakingofIconCoverFrom the New York Times bestselling author of Satchel comes an in-depth, vibrant, and measured biography about the most complex and controversial member of the Kennedy family.

History remembers Robert F. Kennedy as a racial healer, a tribune for the poor, and the last progressive knight of a bygone era of American politics. But Kennedy’s enshrinement in the liberal pantheon was actually the final stage of a journey that had its beginnings in the conservative 1950s. In Bobby Kennedy, Larry Tye peels away layers of myth and misconception to paint a complete portrait of this singularly fascinating figure.

To capture the full arc of his subject’s life, Tye draws on rare access granted to him by the Kennedy family, including unpublished memoirs, unreleased government files, and fifty-eight boxes of papers that had been under lock and key for the past forty years. He conducted hours of interviews with RFK intimates, including Bobby’s widow, Ethel, his sister Jean, and his aide John Siegenthaler—many of whom have never spoken to another biographer. Tye’s determination to sift through the tangle of often contradictory opinions means that Bobby Kennedy will stand as the definitive one-volume biography of a man much beloved, but just as often misunderstood.

Bobby Kennedy’s transformation from cold warrior to fiery liberal is a profoundly moving personal story that also offers a lens onto two of the most chaotic and confounding decades of twentieth-century American history. The first half of RFK’s career underlines what the country was like in the era of Eisenhower, while his last years as a champion of the underclass reflect the seismic shifts wrought by the 1960s. Nurtured on the rightist orthodoxies of his dynasty-building father, Bobby Kennedy began his public life as counsel to the red-baiting senator Joseph McCarthy. He ended it with a noble campaign to unite working-class whites and poor blacks in an electoral coalition that seemed poised to redraw the face of presidential politics. Along the way, he turned up at the center of every event that mattered, from the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis to race riots and Vietnam.

Bare-knuckle operative, cynical White House insider, romantic visionary—Bobby Kennedy was all of these things at one time or another, and each of these aspects of his personality emerges in the pages of this powerful and perceptive new biography.

This is not just another Bobby Kennedy book. It is the definitive biography of one of America’s most compelling political figures. Larry Tye has given us the complete Bobby, from the Bad (Early) Kennedy to the Good (Later) Kennedy, from committee counsel to the red-baiting Joe McCarthy to the “ruthless” political manager to the gentle, soft-hearted presidential candidate. Tye’s book rests on prodigious and original research including rare, on-the-record interviews with Bobby’s widow, Ethel, who confesses that seeing Bobby for the first time was like meeting George Clooney.”

– Roger Mudd, winner of the Peabody Award and former co-anchor of NBC Nightly News

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“Drawing on the personal papers and insights of the Kennedy family, this biography will appeal not only to those wanting a portrait of a dynamic idealist, but also to those seeking to understand the emotions of the times in which he lived.”

– Dr. Henry Kissinger

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“Larry Tye, with the eye of a good reporter, and the diligence of an accomplished scholar, writes a fascinating, timely report on the other Kennedy–the one named Bobby, who started supporting Joe McCarthy politics and died fighting in the anti-Vietnam war crusade.  Bobby has always deserved a crackerjack bio.  Tye has delivered it.” 

– Marvin Kalb, senior adviser at the Pulitzer Center and author of Imperial Gamble: Putin, Ukraine and the New Cold War

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“Robert Kennedy led one of the great unfinished lives in American history. With skill  and verve, Larry Tye has written a fascinating account of a transformative figure who continues to summon us to heed our better angels even all these years distant.”

– Jon Meacham, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

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“Dreamy and calculating, joyful and sad, hard and soft, good and bad, Bobby Kennedy remains one of history’s fascinating and elusive figures. In this fair, lively, and insightful biography, Larry Tye makes him real.”

– Evan Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of Robert Kennedy: His Life and Being Nixon: A Man Divided

220px-tyephotoAbout the Author: Larry Tye

Larry Tye was an award-winning journalist at The Boston Globe and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He now runs a Boston-based training program for medical journalists. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Satchel, as well as Superman, The Father of Spin, Home Lands, and Rising from the Rails, and co-author, with Kitty Dukakis, of Shock. He lives in Massachusetts.

BOBBY KENNEDY: The Making of a Liberal Icon is the only book to:

 

  • Explore in-depth Bobby’s relationship with Senator Joseph McCarthy, who was his first boss, his friend, and an early ideological model
  • Expose Bobby’s full role in the Cuban Missile Crisis, where his secret war against Castro helped touch off the crisis and his early role was not the dove he portrayed in Thirteen Days, but a determined hawk
  • Explain Bobby’s cautious and calculated early posture on Civil Rights, including his behind-the-scenes string-pulling with black voters that helped ensure JFK’s win in 1960

With BOBBY KENNEDY, Larry Tye is the first biographer to:

  • Do extensive interviews with the person who knew him best, Ethel Kennedy, and with his remaining sibling and Ethel’s college roommate, Jean Kennedy Smith
  • Get full cooperation from Bobby’s closest friend, John Seigenthaler
  • Break substantial ground in interviews with congressional colleagues George McGovern, Walter Mondale, Fred Harris, John Tunney, and Joe Tydings; attorney general successors Nicholas Katzenbach and Ramsey Clark; the children of Jimmy Hoffa and Nikita Khrushchev; and RFK’s sons and daughters, friends and enemies.
  • Pour through evidence of Bobby and Jack’s favorite Soviet spy, Frank Sinatra’s ties to the Mob, and Attorney General Kennedy’s request for “girl lawyers” to help root out gender bias he wasn’t convinced was real.
  • See recent evidence from Russia and Cuba that helps us reconfigure our role and theirs during the Cold War
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