From the celebrated host of MSNBC's The Last Word, an important and enthralling account of the presidential election that created American politics as we know it today.
The 1968 election was the young Lawrence O'Donnell's political awakening, and in the decades since, it has remained one of his abiding fascinations. PLAYING WITH FIRE is 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 according to the script. LBJ was confident he'd dispatch Nixon, the GOP frontrunner; Johnson's greatest fear and real nemesis was Bobby Kennedy. After several shocking twists, two assassinations, and a week of bloody riots in Chicago around the Democratic Convention, the old Democratic Party was a smoldering ruin and Nixon was suddenly the front-runner. When Nixon began to lose his lead at the last minute, he 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.
Format: Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books, November 2018
Product Dimensions: 8.4 L × 5.5 W × 0 H
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