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Author Gerard Doherty will join us at Hyannis Library on July 23 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM to discuss and sign his book “They Were My Friends: Jack, Bob and Ted”. Doherty was a political advisor to President John F. Kennedy, Senator Robert Kennedy and Senator Edward Kennedy as well as President Lyndon B. Johnson and President Jimmy Carter. Gerard Doherty was also the only person to have a seat at the table with each of the Kennedy brothers when political strategies and decisions were being made. The book will be for sale for book signing.

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About The Book

They Were My Friends, by Gerard F. Doherty, is a rare, first-hand account of the behind-the-scenes work that led to some of the most influential moments of the Kennedy brothers’ political lives and how the son of a Boston firefighter got to be in the middle of it all. Gerard Doherty, the only man who had a seat at the table with all three Kennedy brothers,​ ​takes​ ​the​ ​reader​ ​through​ ​the history​ ​of​ ​Massachusetts​ ​politics​ ​and​ ​the​ ​golden​ ​age​ ​of​ ​the Kennedy​ ​political​ ​dynasty.​​ Doherty​’s clever​ ​voice weaves​ ​the story of his​ ​unlikely​ ​rise​ ​to​ ​the​ ​top​ ​of​ ​Massachusetts​ ​political leadership​ ​and​ ​how​ ​he​ ​became​ ​the​ ​man​ ​behind​ ​the​ ​Kennedy political​ ​machine​ ​at​ ​key​ ​moments​ ​in​ ​history. He​ ​also​ ​shares​ ​behind​-the​-scenes​ ​accounts​ ​of​ ​his​ ​work​ ​helping​ ​President Jimmy​ ​Carter​ ​and​ ​President​ ​Lyndon​ ​Johnson​ ​win​ ​the​ ​White House. Mr.​ ​Doherty​ ​takes​ ​the​ ​reader​ ​back​ ​in​ ​time​ ​when​ ​tuberculosis​ ​and​ ​war​ ​were​ ​a​ ​daily​ ​concern​ ​of​ ​families​ ​and struggles​ ​of​ ​loss​ ​were​ ​real​ ​in​ ​every​ ​pocket​ ​of​ ​the​ ​neighborhood.​ ​​​He​ ​writes​ ​about​ ​the​ ​power​ ​of​ ​boyhood friendships​ ​and​ ​how​ ​the​ ​relationships​ ​that​ ​you​ ​welcome​ ​throughout​ ​your​ ​life​ ​can​ ​carry​ ​you​ ​through difficult​ ​times​ ​to​ ​triumph.

“Gerry​ ​has​ ​been​ ​by​ ​my​ ​family’s​ ​side​ ​through​ ​triumph​ ​and​ ​tragedy. ​​They Were My Friends is​ ​not​ ​just​ ​a​ ​memoir​ ​of​ ​a​ ​rich​ ​political​ ​career​ ​and​ ​generational friendship​ ​— it​ ​is​ ​a​ ​roadmap​ ​for​ ​any​ ​public​ ​servant​ ​today,​ ​searching​ ​for​ ​a​ ​way​ ​forward​ ​in​ ​undoubtedly​ ​difficult​ ​political times.”
-Congressman​ ​Joseph​ ​P.​ ​Kennedy​ ​III