2017 marks the hundredth anniversary of the birth of President John Kennedy, whose assassination left us with one of the great American myths of our time. But any true understanding of the man who was JFK has to include his connection of his younger brother Robert, one the most enigmatic politicians of the twentieth century.
Robert Kennedy planned and orchestrated JFK’s senate and presidential campaigns, conferred with him every single day, and co-managed both foreign and domestic policy. Indeed, after the assassination, Robert Kennedy wondered if his impact on government efforts to oust Fidel Castro and on Justice Department campaigns against the mafia and corrupt labor unions, hadn’t actually gotten his brother killed.
Beginning his career as legal counsel to Senator Joe McCarthy, Robert Kennedy morphed into a supporter of civil rights, an advocate against poverty, and a critic of the war in Vietnam, which JFK was largely responsible for creating. For many, his assassination marked the end of any hope for unity and progress in America.
Joining me today to talk about his book, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon is Larry Tye, is former Boston Globe reporter and award winning author of seven books.