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:Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics
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Edition Language:English
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...
  • Mahlon
    Nov 07, 2017
    Playing with fire is the best book on 1968 that I've read, Lawrence O'Donnell combines the social and political history of that time into one seamless narrative, The bulk of the book focuses on the campaign season that year highlighted by an almost a minute by minute analysis of each c...
  • Lynn
    May 28, 2018
    Laurence O?Donnell has created an exciting book about the year in politics in 1968 and relates it back to the present. The sad deaths of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy are highlights as well as the tragic ending of Lyndon Banes Johnson?s presidency. Nixon?s treason whi...
  • Stephen Bird
    Apr 21, 2018
    I enjoyed this book and thought it was well done. At certain points, I was unable to grasp / keep track of the details, but I was impressed with O'Donnell's presentation of his subject and so this work kept my interest. I normally don't read books about politics / U.S. political histor...
  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)
    Apr 10, 2018
    This is an intense political history, focused on the events of the 1968 US Presidential election. It covers a dozen people, from candidates to the sitting President. There are two assassinations, multiple protest, and one terrible, unwinnable war. Not exactly light reading. But O'Donne...
  • 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...
  • Kaileigh
    Dec 19, 2017
    Eerily relevant. ...
  • Christopher Saunders
    Nov 15, 2017
    Many recent works have revisited the tumultuous 1968 presidential election, which seeded many of the conflicts and resentments American politics still wrestles with today. Though covering well-trod ground, MSNBC host O'Donnell teases a gripping narrative bristling with fresh, provocati...
  • 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...
  • Koren
    Apr 06, 2018
    I was 12 during the 1968 election so I remember some of the events, the big ones like the Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassinations. I remember liking Hubert Humphrey, mainly because he was a home state boy. This is a very detailed look at that election that was different from any ...
  • Nicole D.
    Dec 02, 2017
    I had no particular interest in the 1968 election, but I like Lawrence O'Donnell a lot so I decided to give this a go and it was pretty interesting. I was 5 at the time, so obviously didn't realize what was going on around me. Every time I read a book like this, I think wow - it wa...
  • Robert
    Apr 18, 2018
    I LOVE LAWRENCE O'DONNELL. His monologue/diatribe at the beginning of each of his shows (right after Rachel) is a "must-watch" for me. I was born in 1939 and came of age (politically) in the 1960s. It's what turned me into a liberal - the murders of JFK, Martin Luther King, Bobby Kenne...
  • Julia Shaw
    Nov 29, 2017
    Deeply fascinating, and surprisingly relevant to our contemporary political landscape. A lot of familiar names crop up on the periphery of mainstream events, from Roger Ailes, George Romney and Pat Buchanan to Bill Clinton and John Kerry. I wasn't alive in 1968, and previously ...
  • Roger
    Aug 23, 2018
    The obvious point of comparison for Lawrence O'Donnell's PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS, is the recent RFK biography by Chris Matthews, BOBBY KENNEDY: A RAGING SPIRIT. Both books cover the same period in U.S. history and both authors ar...
  • 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...
  • Matt Smith
    Feb 03, 2018
    The only reason I read this book is because O'Donnell promised that 1968's presidential election was way more wild and crazy than 2016's. And yeah, maybe I needed to feel a little bit better about that big old gaping wound that still affects my life (and the life of everyone I know) ev...
  • Bruce Katz
    Feb 02, 2018
    An exceptional read. Like many other reviewers, I remember that election quite well, but I was young and in college, and thus distracted by life. I had no idea of all that was going on -- as no one could at the time it was all happening. O'Donnell lays it all out, both the events that ...
  • 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...
  • David Longo
    Dec 17, 2017
    "Playing With Fire" is an informative book about the trials and tribulations of the 1968 U.S. presidential election by MSNBC news host Lawrence O'Donnell. I like O'Donnell on TV. I wasn't sure I would feel the same way about him as an author. I did, however. O'Donnell was quite detaile...
  • Scott  Hitchcock
    Jul 02, 2018
    This was comprehensive, entertaining, filled in some knowledge gaps and most importantly for me had no sacred cows. Covering the events that led all of the candidates up to the election, the pop culture elements, the assassinations, civil rights, the Vietnam war and everything else...
  • Christopher Hunt
    Jul 04, 2018
    So amazing to see how presidential elections were run in 1968. As the author states at the end of his book, there were so many ?what if?s? that could have changed the course of history. One of the biggest being what if Bobby Kennedy hasn?t been assassinated? Would there never h...
  • Bill Warren
    Jan 04, 2018
    this book was simply phenomenal. I was born in 79 and I feel like I just experienced the 1968 elections and events leading up. A great read to end the last and kickoff the new year of reading. Lawrence O'Donnell makes sure to take his shots at the current president throughout, but not ...
  • ALLEN
    Oct 13, 2018
    A much better book than THE SELLING OF THE PRESIDENT 1968 (punchy but focuses almost entirely on TV advertising) or the much shorter THE REAL MAKING OF THE PRESIDENT. While Lawrence O'Donnell's outlook is predictably mainstream-network moderate liberal, he has a lot to say about the me...
  • 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...
  • Nick Anderson
    Jul 23, 2018
    O'Donnell reading the book makes it worthwhile just for the accents/voices he puts on during it, but it really is a good telling of events during this amazingly tumultuous time in American history through a political lens. The parallels between then and now jump out of the speaker/off ...
  • 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...
  • Tom Walsh
    Feb 03, 2018
    I was one of a small group of anti-war protesters on Long Island who led the fight for Gene McCarthy?s nomination in 1968. O?Donnell captures the enthusiasm, excitement, adrenaline, sadness, pain and frustration of that year. The Dream will Not Die! Even now. ...