American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division
- Pivotal Moments in American History
- Narrated by: Stephen Paul Aulridge Jr.
- Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 07-25-16
- Language: English
- Publisher: Wetware Media
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In 1965, Lyndon Johnson announced the most ambitious government agenda in decades. Three years later, everything had changed. Johnson's approval ratings had plummeted; the liberal consensus was shattered; the war in Vietnam splintered the nation; and the politics of civil rights had created a fierce white backlash. The National Committee for an Effective Congress warned of a "national nervous breakdown".
The election of 1968 was immediately caught up in a swirl of powerful forces, and the nine men who sought the nation's highest office that year attempted to ride them to victory - or merely survive them. On the Democratic side, Eugene McCarthy energized the anti-war movement; George Wallace spoke to the working-class white backlash; Robert Kennedy took on the mantle of his slain brother. Entangled in Vietnam, Johnson, stunningly, opted not to run again, scrambling the odds. On the Republican side, Richard Nixon outhustled Nelson Rockefeller, Ronald Reagan, and George Romney, by navigating between the conservative and moderate wings of the Republican Party. The assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Kennedy seemed to push the country to the brink of chaos, a chaos reflected in the Democratic Convention in Chicago, a televised horror show. Vice President Hubert Humphrey emerged as the nominee, and nearly overcame the lead long enjoyed by Nixon, who, by exploiting division and channeling the national yearning for order, would be the last man standing.
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By Robert E. Osborne on 08-23-16
How the words and images of 1968 linger today…
For me this was a very important read that not only filled in significant gaps in my knowledge of how we arrived at this political landscape but also provided many rich and rewarding jumping off points for further exploration.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Joseph on 01-12-17
A must read to understand national politics today
Outstanding subject and sold reading performance. I can't understand why this book was not prominently mentioned by political pundits during the recent presidential campaign. Trumps campaign was straight out of Nixon's play book with a heavy dose of Wallace thrown in. Clearly the 68 election was the pivot point of national politics and the birthplace of the political landscape today.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful