In his revelatory first book, Bohrer, a reporter, historian, and producer for MSNBC’s Morning Joe, traces Robert Kennedy’s political and personal transformation in the three years following JFK’s death. After having been his brother’s closest advisor, Robert found himself an isolated figure in the Johnson administration, which he soon left. Competing with LBJ for control of the Democratic Party, RFK reversed his earlier support of the U.S. presence in Vietnam, mounted an unsuccessful campaign for the Senate, and secretly worked to secure the vice presidency in 1964. Despite failure and harsh media criticism, Robert persevered, at last emerging from his older brother’s shadow, and Bohrer closes on his defining “Ripple of Hope” speech delivered in Cape Town on June 6, 1966.
Bohrer will be in conversation with Matt Bai, national political columnist at Yahoo News and author of All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid.