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Author explains how Bobby Kennedy became a ‘Liberal Icon’




US Secretary of Defense Robert Kennedy gives a speech on September 2, 1964 at the Democratic National Convention in New-York.
US Secretary of Defense Robert Kennedy gives a speech on September 2, 1964 at the Democratic National Convention in New-York.
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Robert F. Kennedy is a progressive icon, but as as a new book suggests, he wasn’t always a champion of liberal values.

Former Boston Globe journalist Larry Tye’s political biography, “Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon,” follows the complex political development of the New York Senator and presidential candidate, who was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in what is now Koreatown.

"Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon" (Random House, 2016)
Penguin Random House

Long before his tragically-shortened 1968 presidential run, Kennedy was a legal counsel for the notorious anti-Communist Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy. While this complicated friendship has been widely scrutinized in other biographies, Tye refrains from repeating the usual narrative. Rather than suggesting he righted any previous wrongs by becoming an advocate for the underprivileged, Tye tries to subtly recreate Kennedy’s contradictory political evolution.

Drawing on previously unpublished written material and interviews with Kennedy’s widow, Tye creates both a glowing personal portrait and a history of a tumultuous time in America.

Larry Tye is in-studio with Larry Mantle, discussing his book and explaining how Bobby Kennedy turned from a Cold War firebrand into an exemplar of American progressive values.

Larry is giving a lecture and signing copies of his book tonight at 7 p.m. PT at the Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Guest:

Larry Tye, author of the book “Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon” (Random House, 2016)



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