RELEASE DATE: October 1, 2017​​









​​​​​About the Author

Gerard F. Doherty was born and still lives in the Charlestown

neigh­borhood of Bos­ton. He was educated at Malden Catholic

High School, Harvard University and Suffolk University Law

School. He was a two-time State Repre­senta­tive and MA State

Democratic Party Chairman. He was ac­tive in the cam­paigns of Jack, Bob and Ted Ken­nedy and became their friend. He was also in­volved in the presidential campaigns of Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter. He built a successful law practice with a spe­cialty in real estate develop­ment. His wife Marilyn died in 2016.

​​About the Book

​​​​They Were My Friends, by Gerard F. Doherty, is a rare, first-hand account of the behind-the-scenes work that led to some of the most influential moments of the Kennedy brothers' political lives and how the son of a Boston firefighter got to be in the middle of it all. Gerard Doherty, the only man who had a seat at the table with all three Kennedy brothers,​ ​takes​ ​the​ ​reader​ ​through​ ​the history​ ​of​ ​Massachusetts​ ​politics​ ​and​ ​the​ ​golden​ ​age​ ​of​ ​the Kennedy​ ​political​ ​dynasty.​​ Doherty​’s clever​ ​voice weaves​ ​the story of his​ ​unlikely​ ​rise​ ​to​ ​the​ ​top​ ​of​ ​Massachusetts​ ​political leadership​ ​and​ ​how​ ​he​ ​became​ ​the​ ​man​ ​behind​ ​the​ ​Kennedy political​ ​machine​ ​at​ ​key​ ​moments​ ​in​ ​history. He​ ​also​ ​shares​ ​behind​-the​-scenes​ ​accounts​ ​of​ ​his​ ​work​ ​helping​ ​President Jimmy​ ​Carter​ ​and​ ​President​ ​Lyndon​ ​Johnson​ ​win​ ​the​ ​White House. Mr.​ ​Doherty​ ​takes​ ​the​ ​reader​ ​back​ ​in​ ​time​ ​when​ ​tuberculosis​ ​and​ ​war​ ​were​ ​a​ ​daily​ ​concern​ ​of​ ​families​ ​and struggles​ ​of​ ​loss​ ​were​ ​real​ ​in​ ​every​ ​pocket​ ​of​ ​the​ ​neighborhood.​ ​​​He​ ​writes​ ​about​ ​the​ ​power​ ​of​ ​boyhood friendships​ ​and​ ​how​ ​the​ ​relationships​ ​that​ ​you​ ​welcome​ ​throughout​ ​your​ ​life​ ​can​ ​carry​ ​you​ ​through difficult​ ​times​ ​to​ ​triumph.


​​​​​​​​“Gerry​ ​has​ ​been​ ​by​ ​my​ ​family’s​ ​side​ ​through​ ​triumph​ ​and​ ​tragedy. ​​They Were My Friends is​ ​not​ ​just​ ​a​ ​memoir​ ​of​ ​a​ ​rich​ ​political​ ​career​ ​and​ ​generational friendship​ ​— it​ ​is​ ​a​ ​roadmap​ ​for​ ​any​ ​public​ ​servant​ ​today,​ ​searching​ ​for​ ​a​ ​way​ ​forward​ ​in​ ​undoubtedly​ ​difficult​ ​political times.” 
                          -Congressman​ ​Joseph​ ​P.​ ​Kennedy​ ​III


​​​“The first person anyone interested in political office should seek out is Gerard Doherty his Eminence Griese of Massachusetts and national politics. Gerard knows all. Thankfully, he decided to write a book about it so all this great knowledge and experience isn’t lost.”
                                                                  -John Cullinane, Founder Cullinet Software, Inc.                          ​

For Political Junkies Everywhere!

  • Who was Ted Kennedy’s secret advisor in his first campaign?
  • What did Ted Kennedy say immediately after the famous McCormack–Kennedy debate?
  • What was the most unusual task that Ted Kennedy did every day that he was campaigning, between the hours of 2 and 4 PM?
  • How much money did Ted Kennedy carry with him?
  • Why did Bobby Kennedy decide to enter the Indiana primary?
  • What now famous TV personality tried to derail Bobby Kennedy’s campaign in Indiana?
  • Why did Bobby Kennedy ignore advice and deliver his speech the night of  Martin Luther King's assassination?
  • Where did Ted Kennedy’s focus on universal health care originate?​ 

Author Gerard Doherty

Inside the Book

​​​​The author shares photos from his personal

collection, some of which have never been published.