Now host of MSNBC’s “The Last Word,” O’Donnell began his career as an aide to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and he draws on his early experiences in government for this detailed account of the 1968 presidential election. A year that changed American politics forever, it was full of surprises for everyone: Johnson was worried about Robert Kennedy and was blindsided by Eugene McCarthy. Then RFK was assassinated. The Democratic convention in Chicago drew violent protests, which made their nominee, Hubert Humphrey, seem a weak candidate. Nixon became the front-runner, but as his lead began to slip, he pulled off the “October surprise,” sabotaging the Paris Peace Talks to deny Humphrey the diplomatic victory that could have led to his winning the election.
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