A Rare first-hand account of the behind the scenes work that lead 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.
This first rare first-hand account will take the reader through the history of Massachusetts politics and the golden age of the Kennedy political dynasty from the man who had the only seat at the table for all three Kennedy brothers. Gerard Doherty writes with a simple voice that is both to the point and clever as he weaves 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 the behind the scenes account of his work in helping President Jimmy Carter and President Lyndon Johnson win the White House.
“Gerry has been by my family’s side through triumph and tragedy,” Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III said. “ 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.”
A curious reader will learn the best speech of Senator Ted Kennedy’s remarkable career was given before hundreds of people not thousands; the origins of the late Senator’s passion for health care; and the unconventional way Ted Kennedy found a bathtub to soak his back during campaigning.
How a young Jane Pauley almost thwarted Robert Kennedy’s unexpected Indiana win; and the reasons why he ignored advice to the contrary and spoke in a black community on the night Martin Luther King was assassinated.
What it was like to share ice cream with President Kennedy and something any political junkie would like to know, who was the best politician among the brothers?
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.