Camelot's End: Kennedy vs. Carter and the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party

Camelot s End Kennedy vs Carter and the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party From a strange dark chapter in American political history comes the captivating story of Ted Kennedy s campaign for president against the incumbent Jimmy Carter told in full for the first time

  • Title: Camelot's End: Kennedy vs. Carter and the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party
  • Author: Jon Ward
  • ISBN: 1455591386
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From a strange, dark chapter in American political history comes the captivating story of Ted Kennedy s 1980 campaign for president against the incumbent Jimmy Carter, told in full for the first time The Carter presidency was on life support The Democrats, desperate to keep power and yearning to resurrect former glory, turned to Kennedy And so, 1980 became a civil war From a strange, dark chapter in American political history comes the captivating story of Ted Kennedy s 1980 campaign for president against the incumbent Jimmy Carter, told in full for the first time The Carter presidency was on life support The Democrats, desperate to keep power and yearning to resurrect former glory, turned to Kennedy And so, 1980 became a civil war It was the last time an American president received a serious reelection challenge from inside his own party, the last contested convention, and the last all out floor fight, where political combatants fought in real time to decide who would be the nominee It was the last gasp of an outdated system, an insider s game that old Kennedy hands thought they had mastered, and the year that marked the unraveling of the Democratic Party as America had known itMELOT S END details the incredible drama of Kennedy s challenge what led to it, how it unfolded, and its lasting effects with cinematic sweep It is a story about what happened to the Democratic Party when the country s long string of successes, luck, and global dominance following World War II ran its course, and how, on a quest to recapture the magic of JFK, Democrats plunged themselves into an intra party civil war.And, at its heart, CAMELOT S END is the tale of two extraordinary and deeply flawed men Teddy Kennedy, one of the nation s greatest lawmakers, a man of flaws and of

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    About “Jon Ward

    • Jon Ward

      Jon Ward has chronicled American politics and culture for two decades, as a city desk reporter in Washington D.C as a White House correspondent who traveled aboard Air Force One to Africa, Europe and the Middle East, and as a national affairs correspondent who has traveled the country to write about two presidential campaigns and the ideas and people animating our times He is a senior political Jon Ward has chronicled American politics and culture for two decades, as a city desk reporter in Washington D.C as a White House correspondent who traveled aboard Air Force One to Africa, Europe and the Middle East, and as a national affairs correspondent who has traveled the country to write about two presidential campaigns and the ideas and people animating our times He is a senior political correspondent for Yahoo News and has been published in The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Huffington Post, The Daily Caller, and The Washington Times He and his family live in Washington, D.C

    747 thoughts on “Camelot's End: Kennedy vs. Carter and the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party

    • Many have heard the Kennedy family referred to as living in a modern Camelot Powerful patriarch, Joseph, and his sons strove to make a difference in the political realm But when did it all come to an end for them and how did America turn away from this glorified view of the Kennedys Perhaps they never have, though Jon Ward argues that the political Camelot came crashing down with the 1980 Democratic National Convention, dragging the Party along with it All this primarily due to an embittered Man [...]


    • First, it must be said that some commentators __ without reading the book __on the basis of a blurb have assumed that this book will be a celebration of Ted Kennedy This was not the intent of the author In fact, Ward says of Chappaquiddick The scandal could easily have resulted in prison time, and probably should have Kopechne s death should have cost Kennedy his Senate seat, but it did not Instead CAMELOT S END is a detailed, fascinating history of the contrasting lives of Jimmy Carter a First, [...]


    • The 1980 election marked the beginning of the Democrats gradual drifting to the right, culminating in its present state of Republican Light.


    • An overall worthwhile read concerning two men that faced monumental defeats in 1980 The first half retreads quite a bit of familiar ground if you ve read on Carter or Kennedy in the past, the latter half is where we get into the real reason for coming A look back on a bitter, nasty primary election If you re interested in political party mechanics or seeing how history essentially repeated itself in the 2016 primaries, there are interesting tidbits to be found You ll also learn why sitting An ov [...]


    • An interesting book, and a somewhat fresh take on a well traveled topic Overall though nothing in the book was particularly earth shattering Despite the title there was also no real commentary offered about how the events that took place in the 1980 primary or the Kennedy Carter relationship shaped the future of the Democratic party.


    • Who could be dissimilar as politicians than Jimmy Carter and Edward Kennedy Yet, this book claims what happened during the early 1980 s changed everything It didn t seem to be a very believable argument.


    • I found it to be engrossing and well researched and a nice democratic centric follow up to The Invisible Bridge by Perlstein.


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