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Author O'Donnell, Lawrence, author.

Title Playing with fire : the 1968 election and the transformation of American politics / Lawrence O'Donnell.

Publication Info. New York : Penguin Press, 2017.

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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Seizing the moment -- Declaring war -- "Why isn't he a priest?" -- Sleepy Hollow -- "A hard and harsh moral judgment" -- Dump Johnson -- The general -- "We will never be young again" -- Old politics -- "A decent interval" -- Peace with honor -- Peter the hermit -- "Clean for Gene" -- The new Nixon -- "Nixon's the one" -- "Abigail said no" -- The poor people's campaign -- "Something bad is going to come of this" -- "Stand up and be counted" -- "It's not important what happens to me" -- "I've seen the promised land" -- The happy warrior -- Don't lose -- "Everything's going to be okay" -- Stop Nixon -- "Great television" -- The last liberal standing -- The peace plank -- "The whole world's watching" -- "The government of people in exile" -- The perfect crime -- Epilogue.
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Summary From the host of MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell Nothing went according to the script. LBJ was confident he'd dispatch with Nixon, the GOP frontrunner; Johnson's greatest fear and real nemesis was RFK. But Kennedy and his team, despite their loathing of the president, weren't prepared to challenge their own party's incumbent. Then, out of nowhere, Eugene McCarthy shocked everyone with his disloyalty and threw his hat in the ring to run against the president and the Vietnam War. A revolution seemed to be taking place, and LBJ, humiliated and bitter, began to look mortal. Then RFK leapt in, LBJ dropped out, and all hell broke loose. Two assassinations and a week of bloody riots in Chicago around the Democratic Convention later, and the old Democratic Party was a smoldering ruin, and, in the last triumph of old machine politics, Hubert Humphrey stood alone in the wreckage. Suddenly Nixon was the frontrunner, having masterfully maintained a smooth fac?ade behind which he feverishly held his party's right and left wings in the fold, through a succession of ruthless maneuvers to see off George Romney, Nelson Rockefeller, Ronald Reagan, and the great outside threat to his new Southern Strategy, the arch-segregationist George Wallace. But then, amazingly, Humphrey began to close, and so, in late October, Nixon pulled off one of the greatest dirty tricks in American political history, an act that may well meet the statutory definition of treason. The tone was set for Watergate and all else that was to follow, all the way through to today.
Subject Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1968.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1963-1969.
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
Presidents -- Election. (OCoLC)fst01075747
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Presidents & Heads of State.
Chronological Term 1963-1969
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: O'Donnell, Lawrence, author. Playing with fire New York : Penguin Press, 2017 9780399563140 (DLC) 2017031414
ISBN 9780399563157 (electronic bk.)
0399563156 (electronic bk.)
9780399563140 (hardcover)

 
    
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