1968 : the election that changed America /
Lewis L. Gould.
2nd ed.
Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, c2010.
ix, 163 p.
1566638623 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9781566638623 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, c2010.
1566638623 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9781566638623 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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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 Using unpublished materials at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library, Gould fills in the details of Nixon's attempt to thwart an ``October surprise'' by President Johnson on Humphrey's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
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.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Pint Editionp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 3
On the Eve of 1968p. 7
The war in Vietnam
Race relations, crime, and law and order
The disarray of the Democrats
Resurgent Republicans
The President Withdrawsp. 31
Johnson's political plans
The Tet offensive
Eugene McCarthy and Richard Nixon in New Hampshire
Robert Kennedy Enters the race
The "Wise Men" and Vietnam
Johnson pulls out
The Violent Springp. 56
The death of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The race issue
George C. Wallace His appeal
Nixon leads Rockefeller
Humphrey and the "politics of joy." McCarthy vs. Kennedy
The California primary and Robert Kennedy's death
Nixon's the Onep. 80
The Humphrey campaign and its problems
The nomination of Abe Fortas
Humphrey, Johnson, and Vietnam
Nixon and the Republican convention
The Reagan challenge
The selection of Spiro Agnew
Democratic Disaster at Chicagop. 104
Humphrey, the convention, and the war
The Johnson influence on the Democratic convention
The Edward Kennedy boomlet
New rules for the party
Protests in the streets
Humphrey and Muskie selected
Police and protesters clash, and the public reacts
October Surprisesp. 129
Humphrey's campaign revives
The Salt Lake City speech
Wallace fading
Nixon and the overconfident Republicans
The Johnson peace initiative
Nixon and South Vietnam
The Humphrey surge and Nixon's response
The election results and their meaning
Recommended Readingp. 156
Indexp. 759
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