The presidential election of 1968 forever changed American
politics. In this character-driven narrative history, Aram
Goudsouzian portrays the key transformations that played out over
that dramatic year. It was the last "Old Politics"
campaign, where political machines and party bosses determined
the major nominees, even as the "New Politics" of grassroots
participation powered primary elections. It was an election
that showed how candidates from both the Left and Right could seize
on "hot-button" issues to alter the larger political dynamic. It
showcased the power of television to "package" politicians and
political ideas, and it played out against an extraordinary
dramatic global tableau of chaos and conflict. More than anything
else, it was a moment decided by a contest of political
personalities, as a group of men battled for the presidency, with
momentous implications for the nation's future.
Well-paced, accessible, and engagingly written, Goudsouzian's book
chronicles anew the characters and events of the 1968 campaign as
an essential moment in American history, one with clear
resonance in our contemporary political moment.