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Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics LawrenceO'Donnell Playing with Fire The Election and the Transformation of American Politics From the celebrated host of MSNBC s The Last Word with Lawrence O Donnell an important and enthralling new account of the presidential election that changed everything and created American politics

  • Title: Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics
  • Author: LawrenceO'Donnell
  • ISBN: 9780399563140
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics LawrenceO'Donnell From the celebrated host of MSNBC s The Last Word with Lawrence O Donnell, an important and enthralling new account of the presidential election that changed everything, and created American politics as we know it today Long before Lawrence O Donnell was the anchor of his own political talk show, he was the Harvard Law trained political aide to Senator Patrick Moynihan, oFrom the celebrated host of MSNBC s The Last Word with Lawrence O Donnell, an important and enthralling new account of the presidential election that changed everything, and created American politics as we know it today Long before Lawrence O Donnell was the anchor of his own political talk show, he was the Harvard Law trained political aide to Senator Patrick Moynihan, one of postwar America s wisest political minds The 1968 election was O Donnell s own political coming of age, and Playing With Fire represents his master class in American electioneering, as well as an extraordinary human drama that captures a system, and a country, coming apart at the seams in real time Nothing went to 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 A revolution seemed to be taking place, and LBJ, humiliated and bitter, began to look mortal Then RFK leapt in, 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 facade 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.
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    1. Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election If a screenwriter had written the 68 election no one would have believed it Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention 1968 was the year that modern campaigning was truly invented and it laid the groundwork for the 2016 election of 45 Lawrence O Donnell is one of my favorite tv hosts He s smart, funny, and blunt I was afraid to read this book, I stared at it on m [...]

    2. The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O Donnell s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history According to O Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politics in motion a partisan conflict were by ideology and party affiliation has become important than the needs of the American people O Donnell argues that before 1968 the terms conservative democrat and liberal republican ex [...]

    3. I have been staring at this computer screen for half an hour, trying to find the words to explain how I feel I think I am so unable to find the words because I am struggling with my 18 year old self.Lawrence O Donnell has captured so many of the feelings from that incredible year This book is not just a recounting of the events that happened in 1968 It also reminds me viscerally of how I felt the year I graduated from high school As O Donnell describes each of those monumental occurrences the wa [...]

    4. I d like to begin this review with a question How do you follow up reading and reviewing the most highly anticipated book of the year In my case it was simple to go from one presidential campaign to another Although the campaign that I chose was not just any campaign it was the granddaddy of all presidential campaigns the campaign of 1968.Of course, I was not alive in 1968 but having studied the 1960s at length I can readily assure you that I am quite familiar with the causes and the outcome of [...]

    5. LOD is one of my best friends I love his writing and I love him on TV, but the best is when he gets on a jag late at night when we re chatting and just turns world events into a story This book is the closest I ve experienced to that joy being done for the public I was 13 in 1968 and I knew all these names and words, but never knew the story Now I feel I know the story.This book is opinionated, but it s not liberal porn I loved it.

    6. In my book The Color of Money , I have a chapter on the 1968 election and as I was writing it, I was thinking you could write a whole library on this election This book is a worthy first volume for that library I think we are far enough out and every strand of American politics that either died or was born during that election has played out The harvest has been an ugly one But it all started in 1968 I ve read a lot of books about the 2016 election as well and none have been satisfying This one [...]

    7. I was sixteen in 1968, and I remember being a Gene McCarthy supporter in spite of my inability to vote I was anti war, as were most of my friends, I was pro civil rights, and was discovering my conscience slowly but surely I also lived in Chicago and have vivid memories of the bloody protests and the subsequent trial of the Chicago 7 Remembering these things has given me of a perspective on current events than a younger person might have I understand protest and confrontation I understand the n [...]

    8. I received my copy through a giveaway I own White s The Making of the President 1968 and An American Melodrama what else did I need to know about the tragic, tumultuous and eventful election of 1968 With the hindsight of 50 years and the election of 2016 PLENTY I enjoy the author on MSNBC and was a fan of The West Wing which he produced but O Donnell is also a great writer who in these pages blends the past with the recent the rise of Trump and Trumpism in the GOP It hovers over these pages whic [...]

    9. For those wondering about author bias, I would say that he s an MSNBC host, profoundly anti Vietnam war, and quite possibly a Bernie Bro this unconfirmed, but I have suspicions He doesn t like Nixon or Regan, but he doesn t seem to like Humphrey either He s mixed on the LBJ, Kennedy family and most of the rest of the players Most of which means that I or less agree with his politics, even if he strikes me as somewhat to the right of what I d call a socialist, and probably not what I d call a fe [...]

    10. The election of 1968 was a realignment election It signaled the beginning of the end for the New Deal Coalition that was established with FDR It was a tumultuous year Martin Luther King and RFK were assassinated, the Melee at the Democratic convention in Chicago, Tet Offensive, and as icing on the cake the election of Richard Milhouse Nixon to the presidency also being the most divisive candidate in the field I was one at the time Good thing I had no clue what was going on or I would have been v [...]

    11. Playing With Fire is an informative book about the trials and tribulations of the 1968 U.S presidential election by MSNBC news host Lawrence O Donnell I like O Donnell on TV I wasn t sure I would feel the same way about him as an author I did, however O Donnell was quite detailed and always remained on track He didn t write with quite the panache of Jay Winik or David Halberstam I could let that slide, however Few historians are such fine stylists To sum, Playing With Fire was, for me, worth the [...]

    12. Many recent works have revisited the tumultuous 1968 presidential election, which seeded many of the conflicts and resentments American politics still wrestles with today Though covering well trod ground, MSNBC host O Donnell teases a gripping narrative bristling with fresh, provocative insights Most of the book focuses on the Democratic primaries between Lyndon Johnson, still clinging to hope for reelection despite the Vietnam War s increasing unpopularity ultimately dropping out for his Vice P [...]

    13. Playing with fire is the best book on 1968 that I ve read, Lawrence O Donnell combines the social and political history of that time into one seamless narrative, The bulk of the book focuses on the campaign season that year highlighted by an almost a minute by minute analysis of each convention He also offers probing character studies of each Candidate The similarities between the Wallace campaign and the Trump campaign are startling and I hope the reader will pay them special attention At times [...]

    14. An exceptional read Like many other reviewers, I remember that election quite well, but I was young and in college, and thus distracted by life I had no idea of all that was going on as no one could at the time it was all happening O Donnell lays it all out, both the events that made it to the daily newspapers and TV screens, and those that were taking place behind the scenes and weren t, in some cases, known until many years later the secret deals and betrayals, moments of doubt and fury, the l [...]

    15. I had no particular interest in the 1968 election, but I like Lawrence O Donnell a lot so I decided to give this a go and it was pretty interesting I was 5 at the time, so obviously didn t realize what was going on around me Every time I read a book like this, I think wow it was exactly the same then as now From Lincoln on the Bardo, to this So I wonder is this just the way of politics The divisiveness and all that goes with it or are we reading into what happened then and likening it to now The [...]

    16. The only reason I read this book is because O Donnell promised that 1968 s presidential election was way wild and crazy than 2016 s And yeah, maybe I needed to feel a little bit better about that big old gaping wound that still affects my life and the life of everyone I know every single day since it happened.What O Donnell comes up with here is a book that hits something that most people know the major points of Lyndon Johnson wasn t president after 1968 Nixon won against Johnson s VP Hubert H [...]

    17. Deeply fascinating, and surprisingly relevant to our contemporary political landscape A lot of familiar names crop up on the periphery of mainstream events, from Roger Ailes, George Romney and Pat Buchanan to Bill Clinton and John Kerry I wasn t alive in 1968, and previously knew only the broad strokes of that campaign season, with the result that this book almost read as suspense I knew MLK and RFK would be killed, that Nixon and Humphrey would be the nominees and Nixon would win But I didn t k [...]

    18. Playing with Fire far exceeded my expectations I grew up close enough to the 1960s that I have never had a burning desire to study the history of the 1960s As all good books do, this one taught me that I didn t know what I don t know In particular, the idea that in my lifetime there was a liberal wing of the GOP stunned me While I understand Democrats were the party of racism in previous decades, I grew up associating the GOP with dog whistle politics and race baiting I also grew up with a GOP h [...]

    19. While I wasn t quite a Clean For Gene volunteer during high school, I was an avid McCarthy supporter and anti war proponent I thought I knew most of what went on during the1968 campaign until I read this terrific book with incredible inside info which made my stomach churn Nixon s treasonous subverting of the peace process, for example despite the fact that I knew the outcome, the book was still a page turner Recommended to all political junkies as well as those who want to see the origins of th [...]

    20. It is a comprehensive review of the 1968 presidential election with a brief introduction of the setting in which the event took place and biographical details of all the major players There are striking resemblances between the campaigns of White Nationalist George Wallace and the current President of United States Another facet of history that I learned was how Reagen became so influential within the Republican party and how the remaining liberals in the party were shunned in the course of the [...]

    21. this book was simply phenomenal I was born in 79 and I feel like I just experienced the 1968 elections and events leading up A great read to end the last and kickoff the new year of reading Lawrence O Donnell makes sure to take his shots at the current president throughout, but not at all unwarranted Highly recommend.

    22. I was one of a small group of anti war protesters on Long Island who led the fight for Gene McCarthy s nomination in 1968 O Donnell captures the enthusiasm, excitement, adrenaline, sadness, pain and frustration of that year The Dream will Not Die Even now.

    23. The 1968 Presidential Election is always one that I return to because of What could have been.1968 will always be a year of chaos in America, it does not even come close to the interesting first year of the Trump administration Lawrance O Donnell gives us a great narrative history of this election that could have gone either way and changed all elections thereafter This is the last time the primaries would be considered optional and the party backroom would lose its ability to stop a candidate t [...]

    24. The 1968 election is one of our most fascinating and eventful elections and this book is a great telling of the story I had recently read biographies of Bobby Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey, Nelson Rockefeller and Richard Nixon all of which detailed the campaign and it was also the first campaign that I followed and volunteered which caused me to subsequently study any article or a book that touched upon it So while reading O Donnell s book on the campaign I found myself sometimes impatient with story [...]

    25. I liked the book, although the first 1 3 was a bit background than I really needed Mainly, I was struck by how totally fucked up this election was.Okay to make sure that I remember this, I m including some notes The election of 1968 was dominated by conflicts over two issues civil rights and the Vietnam war This led to an abundance of candidates on both sides.Dems LBJ president, decided not to run because he didn t think he could win people were pissed about Vietnam Had a backchannel to Nixon r [...]

    26. I was twelve and a half years old during the 1968 presidential campaign I turned thirteen a month after the election , and while I wasn t totally aware of the candidates and their stances on issues, the two biggest the war in Vietnam and racial tensions were on the nightly news almost constantly The reasons for the war weren t clear to me at that time beyond the regularly spouted to stop the spread of communism , but I recall the body counts the ever increasing totals of American dead and wounde [...]

    27. It was the year that the Republican Party turned hard right and, for reasons that are still pretty unclear to me, so did the rest of the country.It s true that we ve had Democratic Presidents since Richard Nixon took the White House in 1968 but despite the fact there are far less registered Republicans than Democrats they have been few and far between Nixon was followed by Gerald Ford Democrat Jimmy Carter won the White House but couldn t hold it for than one term Ronald Reagan was in power for [...]

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