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
About The Author
Gerard F. Doherty was born and still lives in the Charlestown District of Boston, Massachusetts. He was educated at Malden Catholic High School, Harvard University and Suffolk University Law School. He was a two time State Representative and State Democratic Party Chairman. He was active in the campaigns of Jack, Bob and Ted Kennedy and became their friend. He was also involved in the presidential campaigns of Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter. He built a successful law practice with a specialty in real estate development.