This is a vintage book called:
An American Melodrama
The Presidential Campaign of 1968
Condition: This book is vintage. There is significant fading to the dust cover, and one of the pages is significantly wrinkled.
The rest of the pages look pretty good.
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The 1968 struggle for the Presidency of the United States- by far the most powerful office in the world-was the most dramatic campaign in American history. McCarthy's entrance into the race and Johnson's exit, the tragically brief flare of Robert Kennedy's effort, the fluctuating fortunes of Rockefeller, Wallace, Reagan, Humphrey, and Nixon, the moments of decision in Miami Beach and in Chicago, the post-convention campaigns, and then the incredibly close election itself-- all these occurred in a year of combat between the old and various new politics, in a time of unprecedented domestic and foreign crisis, with the American political system itself in question and the occupancy of the White House a crucial matter for every living creature on the globe.
An American Melodrama tells the complete story-- inside and out. Authoritative and comprehensive, it is the work of a brilliant team of London Sunday Times reporter who have astonished the world of journalism by repeated successes in investigating, interpreting, and finally combining their researches-- as they do in this book-- into a seamless, lucid narrative that reads like the work of one superhuman correspondent. These distinguished newsmen are also advantaged, in dealing with an American Presidential campaign, by their detachment: passionately involved with their story, and with the consequences of the election, they are, as no American journalist can hope to be, unattached to any factional or partisan interests. At the same time, their knowledge of the American scene is nothing short of expert.
Lewis Chester, Godfrey Hodgson, and Bruce Page traveled with the candidates to New Hampshire and Indiana, to Oregon and California, to the conventions, to Washington, to New York--wherever the action was.
They interviewed hundreds of other people--members of inner circles, pollsters, speech writers, public-relations and advertising men, academics, and many men and women on the streets. Their gathering of facts was supplemented by superb analytical work, which results in surprisingly new insights into such subjects as the intracacies of the Vietnam
negotiations ( and their effects on the candidates ); the problems of the cities and the blacks; violence in America; and the nature of political charisma, image-making, and loyalty. Particularly notable among the numerous "news beats" in this book are the stories of infighting within the Robert Kennedy group; of the seriousness of the Reagan challenge to Nixon at the Republican convention -- and of Storm Thurmond's role there and the process that led to the selection of Spiro Agnew. Also, detailed accounts of Wallace's origins, backers, and financing; Humphrey's vacillating attempts to cut loose from President Johnson; Rockefeller's hesitations; and the heroic, effective, and perplexing candidacy of Eugene McCarthy.
And much more, in this full, definitive narrative of an incomparably eventful election year. An American Melodrama is a stunning, matchless example of journalism at its best--and, as well, a major work of contemporary history.