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Lunch With Chris Matthews
Wednesday, October 25 at Normandie Farm

Author, Bobby Kennedy – A Raging Spirit
Anchor, Hardball on MSNBC

If Chris Matthews is best known for anchoring “Hardball” on MSNBC each weekday night, a powerful group of readers celebrate him even more for his incisive political story-telling.

Before there was “Hardball” the TV show, there was the book Hardball: How Politics is Played – Told by One Who Knows the Game (1988), the reaction to which came quick and sharp.  “Matthews is half Huck Finn and half Machiavelli,” declared columnist George F. Will, “in this exuberant guide to the great game of politics.” Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill, who Chris Matthews worked for those half dozen years, had already dubbed him “the best in the business.”

Kennedy and Nixon (1996) got even stronger reviews. Washington Post executive editor Benjamin Bradlee said Matthews “writes about politics with relish – the way sports writers cover boxing.” His Jack Kennedy – Elusive Hero (2011) had Doris Kearns Goodwin calling him a “master story teller.” To Douglas Brinkley the book was “riveting.” “Awesome” is how Walter Isaacson described it.

Now for his eighth book, Matthews has produced Bobby Kennedy – A Raging Spirit.

Like his earlier works, it reflects the author’s life and passion in the heart of American politics.

Starting with his return from the Peace Corps in Africa, Chris Matthews spent his early career engaged full-time in American politics. 

As a US senate aide, presidential speechwriter and top assistant to the Speaker of the House, he witnessed the last years of the Vietnam War, Watergate and the Reagan years from inside the political arena. 

Since 1987, as Washington Bureau Chief for the San Francisco Examiner he covered some of the biggest stories of the late 20th century. These included the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first all-races election in South Africa, the Good Friday peace accords in Northern Ireland and the funeral of Pope John Paul II. Here at home he covered every presidential election since 1988.

An alumnus of Holy Cross, Matthews did graduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a Peace Corps volunteer, he served as a trade development advisor for two years with the Kingdom of Swaziland.  He holds thirty-four honorary degrees.

His book on Robert Kennedy reflects his in-depth study on one of the country’s most beloved, most complex, national heroes.