Concord, MassachusettsTwo weeks of talks, readings, and discussions celebrating the written and the spoken word.
Hank Phillippi Ryan
Book: Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon
Larry Tye is the author of several books including Superman, The Father of Spin, Rising from the Rails, and Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend, which was named a Times Notable Book and won two prizes — the Casey Award and the Seymour Medal — as best baseball book of 2009. A former reporter at the Boston Globe, Tye runs the Boston-based Health Coverage Fellowship, which is designed to help the media do a better job covering critical health care issues.
History remembers Robert F. Kennedy as a racial healer, a tribune for the poor, and the last progressive knight. But Kennedy—nurtured on the rightist orthodoxies of his dynasty-building father—started his public life as counsel to the left-baiting, table-thumping Senator Joseph McCarthy.
A bare-knuckled political operative who masterminded his brother’s whatever-it-takes bids for senator and president, Kennedy okayed FBI wiretaps of Martin Luther King Jr. and cloak-and-dagger operations against communist Cuba that included blowing up railroad bridges, sabotaging crops, and plotting the elimination of President Fidel Castro.
Remembered now as a rare optimist in an age of political cynicism, RFK’s profoundly moving journey from cold warrior to hot-blooded liberal also offers a lens into two of the most chaotic and confounding decades of twentieth century America.