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 in fact the final stage of a journey that had its beginnings in the conservative 1950s. In Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon, Larry Tye peels away layers of myth and misunderstanding to paint a nuanced portrait of this singularly fascinating figure.
To capture the full arc of his subject's life, Tye draws on rare access granted by the Kennedy family and friends, including unpublished memoirs, unreleased government files, and 58 boxes of papers that had been under lock and key since Kennedy's death in 1968. Bare-knuckle operative, willful 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 new biography.
The prolific Larry Tye is a New York Times bestselling author of several books, including The Father of Spin, Home Lands, Rising from the Rails, Shock (a collaboration with Kitty Dukakis), Satchel and Superman. In addition to his writing, Tye runs the Boston-based Health Coverage Fellowship, which helps the media do a better job reporting on critical issues like public health, mental health and high-tech medicine.
Seating in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium is first come, first served. Books are available for purchase, and the author will autograph books at the conclusion of the program.