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1968 : the election that changed America /
Lewis L. Gould.
Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, c1993.
ix, 178 p.
1566630096 (cloth : alk. paper) 156663010X (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, c1993.
1566630096 (cloth : alk. paper) 156663010X (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1993-03-15:
As the torch has been passed to the first president of the Vietnam-baby-boomer generation, Univ. of Texas historian Gould has provided in his analysis of the 1968 presidential election an explanation for Republican successes in the race for the White House in the last 25 years. In a fluid prose that should help this book capture a wide audience, Gould examines the Democratic party dog-fight for the nomination, emphasizing Eugene McCarthy's antiwar entrance into the fray and the decision of Robert Kennedy to throw his hat into the ring. He also chronicles the ``violent spring'' and the antiwar movement that propelled it. While Gould details the debacle that was the Democratic Convention, his work's most lasting contribution may be the pithy chapter titled ``Nixon's the One.'' It examines Nixon's development of his now-vaunted ``Southern strategy'' based mainly on the issue of the desegregation of schools. Nixon's invocations of the forgotten man also resonated well enough for Republicans to use the themes to great advantage for the next 25 years. Well written and easily accessible to large audiences.-- Frank Kessler, Missouri Western State Coll., St. Joseph (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1993-02-01:
Richard M. Nixon's defeat of Hubert Humphrey in the 1968 presidential election ushered in the Republicans' near-monopoly of the White House for two decades. University of Texas historian Gould's concise and engrossing analysis of this decisive election overturns conventional wisdom on many points, showing, for example, that Robert Kennedy was a less formidable national candidate than people at the time and later historians have believed. Gould maintains that the election's outcome was determined largely by the decline in Democratic loyalty during the '60s. Nixon played up ``wedge issues'' to draw whites with conservative views on race, crime and moral values--a technique, notes Gould, that Reagan and Bush would later exploit. Using unpublished materials at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library, Gould fills in the details of Nixon's attempt to thwart an ``October surprise'' by President Johnson on Humphrey's behalf. As LBJ pushed a peace initiative with the Vietnamese, Nixon worked through Ann Chennault (widow of WW II hero Claire Chennault) to stall South Vietnamese acceptance of a bombing halt until after Election Day. LBJ and Humphrey failed to blow the whistle on Nixon, because doing so would have revealed that they had wiretapped Chennault's phone conversations. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Choice on 1993-06:
"The American Ways Series," of which this book is a part, promises to provide brief interpretations of key episodes, topics, and themes in American history. Gould's book on the 1968 presidential election fulfills that promise. The election year that saw the rise of Eugene McCarthy, the fall of Lyndon Johnson, the third-party candidacy of George Wallace, the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the disruption of the Chicago convention, and the eventual election of a "new" Richard Nixon was among the most important in modern American experience. Gould does a good job of briefly recounting these events and putting them in context. He reminds us that Vietnam was not the most important issue in 1968 when race relations and "law and order" dominated public apprehensions. A brief section on recommended readings is helpful, but does not take the place of notes and a bibliography which are not included. Appropriate for general readers and lower-division undergraduates. R. A. Strong; Washington & Lee University
Review Quotes
A masterful and succinct account.
Engagingly written . . . a classic account.
Engagingly written...a classic account.
Fast-paced and controversial . . . keeps 1968 fresh in the memory of historians.
Fast-paced and controversial...keeps 1968 fresh in the memory of historians.
Gould gives a blow-by-blow, month-by-month account of the year in this smart and fresh narrative.
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A concise, well-documented overview of the major figures and their campaigns in the 1968 presidential election-at a time of urban riots and the Vietnam War.
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A concise and engrossing analysis of the crucial race for the White House that ushered in the Republican ascendancy and left the Democrats divided and torn. Mr. Gould's fresh interpretations, new details, and deft portraits mark this as a distinguished book in a crowded field (Booklist). American Ways Series.
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The race for the White House in 1968 was a watershed event in American politics. In this compact and evenhanded narrative analysis, Lewis L. Gould shows how the events of 1968 changed the way Americans felt about politics and their leaders; how Republicans used the skills they brought to Richard Nixon's campaign to create a generation-long ascendancy in presidential politics; how Democrats, divided and torn after 1968, emerged as only crippled challengers for the White House throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Bitterness over racial issues and the Vietnam War that marked the 1968 election continued to shape national affairs. The election, Mr. Gould observes, accelerated an erosion of confidence in American institutions that has not yet reached a conclusion. In this lucid account he considers the phenomena of Eugene McCarthy and Robert Kennedy, the campaigns of Nixon, Hubert Humphrey, and George Wallace, and the extraordinary events of what McCarthy later called the "Hard Year."
Table of Contents
On the Eve of 1968
The President Withdraws
The Violent Spring
Nixon's the One
Democratic Disaster at Chicago
October SurprisesRecommended Reading
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