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Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon
Author Larry Tye in conversation with journalist Martin Nolan

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Larry Tye is a New York Times bestselling author whose most recent book is a biography of Robert F. Kennedy, the former attorney general, U.S. senator, and presidential candidate. Tye explores RFK's life and times and his extraordinary transformation from cold war warrior to fiery leftist and fighter for justice and equality.

Robert Kennedy began his public life as counsel to the red-baiting senator Joseph McCarthy. He ended it with a noble campaign to unite working-class whites and poor. Author Larry Tye draws on access granted to him by the Kennedy family and others, including unpublished memoirs, interviews with RFK intimates, and unreleased government files. The result is a book that will stand as the definitive biography of a man much beloved, but just as often misunderstood. 

Larry Tye has been an award-winning journalist at The Boston Globe and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He now runs a Boston-based training program for medical journalists. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Satchel, as well as Superman, The Father of Spin, Home Lands, and Rising from the Rails, and co-author, with Kitty Dukakis, of Shock. He lives in Massachusetts.

Martin F. Nolan worked for The Boston Globe from 1961 to 2001, where he covered all aspects of American politics. He started as a general assignment reporter and moved on to cover Boston City Hall and the Massachusetts State House. Nolan was then named Washington bureau chief and in 1981 became the Globe's editorial page editor. He is a long time board member of San Francisco's Gold Rush Trail Foundation.

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