The Year That Broke Politics

Audiobook Details

Author:

Luke A. Nichter

Narrated By:

Kent Klineman

Length:

12 hrs and 9 mins

File Type:

.m4b

Release Date:

09-26-23

File Size:

331.06 MB

Audiobook Summary

The unknown story of the election that set the tone for today’s fractured politics

The 1968 presidential race was a contentious battle between Vice President Hubert Humphrey, Republican Richard Nixon, and former Alabama governor George Wallace. The United States was reeling from the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy and was bitterly divided on the Vietnam War and domestic issues, including civil rights and rising crime. Drawing on previously unexamined archives and numerous interviews, Luke A. Nichter upends the conventional understanding of the campaign.

Nichter chronicles how the evangelist Billy Graham met with Johnson after the president’s attempt to reenter the race was stymied by his own party, and offered him a deal: Nixon, if elected, would continue Johnson’s Vietnam War policy and also not oppose his Great Society, if Johnson would soften his support for Humphrey. Johnson agreed.

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