Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics

Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics

From the celebrated host of MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, an important and enthralling new account of the presidential election that changed everything, and created American politics as we know it today. Long before Lawrence O'Donnell was the anchor of his own political talk show, he was the Harvard Law-trained political aide to Senator Patrick Moynihan, o From the celebrated host of MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, an important and enthralling new account of ...

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Title:Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics
Author:Lawrence O'Donnell
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Genres:History
ISBN:0399563148
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:464 pages pages

Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics Reviews

  • Mehrsa
    Nov 30, 2017
    In my book (The Color of Money), I have a chapter on the 1968 election and as I was writing it, I was thinking "you could write a whole library on this election!" This book is a worthy first volume for that library. I think we are far enough out and every strand of American politics th...
  • Barbara
    Nov 09, 2017
    I have been staring at this computer screen for half an hour, trying to find the words to explain how I feel. I think I am so unable to find the words because I am struggling with my 18-year-old self. Lawrence O'Donnell has captured so many of the feelings from that incredible year....
  • Jason
    Nov 27, 2017
    I'd like to begin this review with a question. How do you follow up reading and reviewing the most highly-anticipated book of the year? In my case it was simple to go from one presidential campaign to another. Although the campaign that I chose was not just any campaign it was the gran...
  • Just A. Bean
    Nov 14, 2017
    For those wondering about author bias, I would say that he's an MSNBC host, profoundly anti-Vietnam war, and quite possibly a Bernie Bro (this unconfirmed, but I have suspicions). He doesn't like Nixon or Regan, but he doesn't seem to like Humphrey either. He's mixed on the LBJ, Kenned...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Jan 03, 2018
    The election of 1968 was a realignment election. It signaled the beginning of the end for the New Deal Coalition that was established with FDR. It was a tumultuous year. Martin Luther King and RFK were assassinated, the Melee at the Democratic convention in Chicago, Tet Offensive, and ...
  • Steven Z.
    Nov 16, 2017
    The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O?Donnell?s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history. According to O?Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politic...
  • Erin
    Nov 28, 2017
    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...
  • Joseph J.
    Oct 30, 2017
    I received my copy through a Goodreads giveaway. I own White's The Making of the President 1968 and An American Melodrama; what else did I need to know about the tragic, tumultuous and eventful election of 1968? With the hindsight of 50 years and the election of 2016-PLENTY! I enjoy th...
  • Tracy Rowan
    Nov 19, 2017
    I was sixteen in 1968, and I remember being a Gene McCarthy supporter in spite of my inability to vote.  I was anti-war, as were most of my friends, I was pro civil rights, and was discovering my conscience slowly but surely.  I also lived in Chicago and have vivid memories of the bl...
  • Penn Jillette
    Nov 16, 2017
    LOD is one of my best friends. I love his writing and I love him on TV, but the best is when he gets on a jag late at night when we're chatting and just turns world events into a story. This book is the closest I've experienced to that joy being done for the public. I was 13 in 196...