Camelot's End: Kennedy vs. Carter and the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party

Camelot's End: Kennedy vs. Carter and the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party

From a strange, dark chapter in American political history comes the captivating story of Ted Kennedy's 1980 campaign for president against the incumbent Jimmy Carter, told in full for the first time. The Carter presidency was on life support. The Democrats, desperate to keep power and yearning to resurrect former glory, turned to Kennedy. And so, 1980 became a civil war From a strange, dark chapter in American political history comes the captivating story of Ted Kennedy's 1980 campaign f...

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Title:Camelot's End: Kennedy vs. Carter and the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party
Author:Jon Ward
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Genres:History
ISBN:1455591386
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

Camelot's End: Kennedy vs. Carter and the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party Reviews

  • Chris
    May 14, 2019
    A really great read about the 1980 Democratic nomination fight between Carter and Kennedy. This is what I got: Carter was a mediocre president basically in over his head. Kennedy was slightly immoral and driven by demons (a notion not helped by my just having seen the movie "Chappaquid...
  • Mehrsa
    Apr 20, 2019
    The book is interesting, but it fails to deliver what it promises. It's not at all about the fight that broke the democratic party. It's a mixed biography of Carter and Kennedy. There's not much about the current democratic party at all or even the next democratic administration that f...
  • Kathleen
    Feb 01, 2019
    Who could be more dissimilar as politicians than Jimmy Carter and Edward Kennedy? Yet, this book claims what happened during the early 1980?s changed everything. It didn?t seem to be a very believable argument. ...
  • Douglas Graney
    May 04, 2019
    I like Carter so yes bias...but what a jerk Kennedy was on the last night of 1980 Democrat convention. Good background on both and written in a fair manner. ...
  • Jeff
    May 21, 2019
    This was a very good book. I can?t say that it broke new ground, for me as a person who has read a good deal of history I had read most of the stories and anecdotes. Still, it does provide a nice background of the story. This would be a great book for someone wanting to acquit th...
  • Dave
    Mar 03, 2019
    A good look at the 1980 Democratic primary. Edward Kennedy challenged fellow Democrat and incumbent President Jimmy Carter. It was a bitter fight.. I was 12 in 1980 and while I remember a lot from that time, I didn't remember the Kennedy/Carter clash. (I was watching the Network TV ...
  • John
    Jan 30, 2019
    I found it to be engrossing and well researched and a nice democratic-centric follow up to The Invisible Bridge by Perlstein. ...
  • Robert
    Apr 19, 2019
    This book was rich with details about both Carter and Kennedy, and the author worked hard to portray the two rivals as they really were. There is no sugarcoating the ugly race. Where I quibble with the book is it does not deliver the promise of how this race changed the Democratic Part...
  • Caitlin Bronson
    Feb 17, 2019
    3.5 stars. The narrative of the 1980 primary and the two colorful personalities that propelled it is super interesting, and Jon Ward does a serviceable job in telling it. I learned quite a bit about Kennedy and (especially) Carter, including how the events of the election shaped the...
  • Antonio Matta
    Feb 13, 2019
    A marvelous account about the fight between two giants that ultimately shaped the face of the modern Democratic Party. ...
  • Matt
    Jan 29, 2019
    Many have heard the Kennedy family referred to as living in a modern Camelot. Powerful patriarch, Joseph, and his sons strove to make a difference in the political realm. But when did it all come to an end for them and how did America turn away from this glorified view of the Kennedys?...
  • Stephen Gray
    Feb 17, 2019
    You guys remember when Ted Kennedy killed a woman while he was cheating on his wife, and then a decade later everyone pretended he was the epitome of moral character at the expense of Jimmy Carter, who is the actual paragon of virtue. Voters in 1980 sure were dum dums, not like well-re...
  • Brennan
    Feb 23, 2019
    Fascinating read. ...
  • Janine
    Mar 10, 2019
    This was a very well-written and interesting book about a chapter of American history that I did not know much about. It focuses on the fight for the Democratic nomination in 1980. President Carter was the incumbent and was challenged by Teddy Kennedy. Given the current political clima...
  • Byron
    Feb 07, 2019
    In the midst of the current partisan political nightmare that plagues our country, I found this recounting of political intrigue of the 1970's into 1980 as a reminder that unpredictable things happen in presidential elections, and the current generation of politicians is not where dirt...
  • Steven Z.
    Feb 15, 2019
    Today we find ourselves at the beginning of the 2020 presidential campaign even though the Iowa caucuses are eleven months away. It seems that each day another Democrat announces their candidacy, and President Trump does what President Trump does. Talking heads on cable news programs a...
  • Brandt
    Feb 08, 2019
    This is an interesting yarn about Jimmy Carter and Ted Kennedy and how they pretty much hated each other and how that hatred was front and center in the 1980 campaign, where Kennedy had the brass to challenge a sitting president of his party in the primaries. Personally, I find it diff...
  • Steve Hill
    Apr 10, 2019
    The dark story of the bitter struggle between Carter and Kennedy for the 1980 Democratic nomination for president. It was a difficult time in American history, the perfect setting for Reagan?s sunny personality. Both required time to recover from their losses, and both ultimate achie...
  • Nancy
    Feb 24, 2019
    Two flawed men. Kennedy, carrying the heavy legacy of his patriot martyred brothers, a narcissist womanizer and drunkard yet developing into the 'conscious of his party." And Carter, a devout Christian, a political maverick, a man whose wide grin disguised a bulldog tenacity. I ...
  • Manuel Gonz├ílez V.
    Feb 02, 2019
    A rigorous in-depth investigation of the last time (2020, meaby?) a sitting President of the US was challenge whithin his own party, but also the last Presidential race who had a Kennedy in it, so the thrilling rhythm Ward imposes from the beginning is exactly what the book needs. I pi...
  • Steven Voorhees
    Mar 14, 2019
    I strongly believe my interest in politics came from my mother and father. They were both really politically connected when I was a kid (my mother held public office when I was in elementary school). In 1980, when I was 9 years old, they had on television the Democratic National Conven...
  • Kathleen
    Jan 21, 2019
    First, it must be said that some commentators __ without reading the book __on the basis of a blurb have assumed that this book will be a celebration of Ted Kennedy. This was not the intent of the author. In fact, Ward says of Chappaquiddick :" The scandal could easily have resulted in...
  • Inches
    Jan 31, 2019
    The 1980 election marked the beginning of the Democrats gradual drifting to the right, culminating in its present state of Republican Light. ...
  • Tina  Roper
    Feb 25, 2019
    I won this book via Goodreads giveaway. I found this to be very insightful, as there was much of the information that I hadn't known before I read this book. I recommend this to anyone interested in politics and our countries history. I will be passing this on to my husband for him t...
  • Andrew Wilhelm
    Jan 24, 2019
    An interesting book, and a somewhat fresh take on a well traveled topic. Overall though nothing in the book was particularly earth shattering. Despite the title there was also no real commentary offered about how the events that took place in the 1980 primary or the Kennedy/Carter rela...
  • Judyth Wier
    Feb 21, 2019
    Ward has not found is topic in this angry, missing the facts account of the Carter/Kennedy relationship. It is certainly not a testament to the end of the Democratic Party. There were nuggets where he could have exploded this but he stood them them up for childish pokes at both Kennedy...
  • Trey Grayson
    Mar 10, 2019
    Ward masterfully tells a story about which I only knew the most general outline. (Cut me some slack ? I was 8 the 1980 presidential election!) Having met or heard stories about a number of the folks involved in that campaign made it even more interesting. Anyone interested in politic...
  • DJ Cheek
    Feb 14, 2019
    A great look at the 1980 primaries between Pres. Carter and Sen. Kennedy. Well researched and intriguing, the author makes clear the historical threads and parallels that connect the era to the present. ...
  • Bookreporter.com Biography & Memoir
    Feb 11, 2019
    Though he's not known for his deep knowledge of American political history, with his approval ratings languishing in the mid-30s, President Trump could be excused if his thoughts occasionally turn to the last time an incumbent president faced a serious challenge to his renomination. ...
  • Austin Crafton
    Feb 01, 2019
    An overall worthwhile read concerning two men that faced monumental defeats in 1980. The first half retreads quite a bit of familiar ground if you've read on Carter or Kennedy in the past, the latter half is where we get into the real reason for coming - A look back on a bitter, nasty ...