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Bobby Kennedy: The Making Of A Liberal Icon

Bobby Kennedy: The Making Of A Liberal Icon

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Description for BOBBY KENNEDY: THE MAKING OF A LIBERAL ICON by Larry Tye:

Bare-knuckle operative, cynical White House insider, romantic visionary?ÇöRobert F. 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 biography.

History remembers RFK as a racial healer, a tribune for the poor, and the last progressive knight of a bygone era of American politics. But Kennedy?ÇÖs enshrinement in the liberal pantheon was actually the final stage of a journey that began with his service as counsel to the red-baiting senator Joseph McCarthy. In Bobby Kennedy, Larry Tye peels away layers of myth and misconception to capture the full arc of his subject?ÇÖs life. Tye draws on unpublished memoirs, unreleased government files, and fifty-eight boxes of papers that had been under lock and key for forty years. He conducted hundreds of interviews with RFK intimates, many of whom have never spoken publicly, including Bobby?ÇÖs widow, Ethel, and his sister, Jean. Tye?ÇÖs determination to sift through the tangle of often contradictory opinions means that Bobby Kennedy will stand as the definitive biography about the most complex and controversial member of the Kennedy family.

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