National Press Club

Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's 'Hardball', to discuss new book at NPC Headliners Book Rap Wednesday, Nov. 8

October 25, 2017 | By Mark Krikorian |

Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s ‘Hardball’ plans to share his new book, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit, at a National Press Club Headliners Book Rap on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Club’s Conference Rooms.

Tickets are $5 for Club members and $10 for the general public. Tickets and book are available by clicking here. Books will also be available for purchase at the event, no outside books or memorabilia are permitted.

Publisher Simon & Schuster describes Matthews’ latest book as “a revealing portrait of Robert F. Kennedy that gets closer to the man than any book before. Drawing on extensive research and interviews, Matthews pulls back the curtain on the public and private worlds of RFK and shines a light on all the important moments of his life.”

This is not Matthews’ first book about a Kennedy. In 2011, he authored a best-selling biography about the 35th President entitled, Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero.

A long-time follower and student of American politics, Matthews got his start in Washington as an officer with the U.S. Capitol Police. He climbed the political ladder writing speeches for President Jimmy Carter and later working as top aide to former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill, Jr., D-Mass. At the tail end of the 1980s, Matthews became a full-time journalist, covering the same politicians he once worked for as the Washington Bureau Chief for The San Francisco Examiner. In 1997, Matthews launched the talk show ‘Hardball’, a title derived from a book he wrote about politics a decade earlier. Now in its 20th season, Matthews continues to host the weekday program on MSNBC.

The Headliners Book Rap will feature a discussion with the author, an audience Q&A session, and a book signing. Proceeds from this event benefit the non-profit affiliate of the Club, the National Press Club Journalism Institute, which offers innovative, practical training to journalists and communications professionals working in a rapidly changing media environment.