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Eugene McCarthy and the Rise and Fall of Postwar American Liberalism

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Originally a New Deal liberal and aggressive anticommunist, Senator Eugene McCarthy famously lost faith with the Democratic party over Vietnam. His stunning challenge to Lyndon Johnson in the 1968 New Hampshire primary inspired young liberals and was one of the greatest electoral upsets in American history. But the 1968 election ultimately brought Richard Nixon and the Republican Party to power, irrevocably shifting the countrys political landscape to the right for decades to come.

Dominic Sandbrook traces one of the most remarkable and significant lives in postwar politics, a career marked by both courage and arrogance. Sandbrook draws on extensive new research - including interviews with McCarthy himself - to show convincingly how Eugene McCarthys political experience embodies the larger decline of American liberalism after World War II. These were tumultuous times in American politics, and Sandbrook vividly captures the drama and historical significance through his intimate portrait of a singularly interesting man at the heart of it all.

About the Author

Born in Shropshire in 1974, Dominic Sandbrook studied history and modern languages at Oxford University. He has a masters degree from the University of St. Andrews and a doctorate from Cambridge University. He taught American history at the University of Sheffield from 2001 to 2004, and has held a Senior Fellowship at the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford.  He is the author of Never Had It So Good: A History of Britain from Suez to the Beatles, and lives in London.

Table of Contents

PROLOGUE

CHAPTER ONE

The Watkins Wonder

CHAPTER TWO

The Education of a Catholic Politician

CHAPTER THREE

The New Liberalism and the Election

CHAPTER FOUR

The Quiet Congressman

CHAPTER FIVE

Patronage and Principle in the Eisenhower Era

CHAPTER SIX

The Politics of Ambition

CHAPTER SEVEN

Rethinking the Cold War

CHAPTER EIGHT

The Limits of Power

CHAPTER NINE

A Footnote in History: New Hampshire, 1968

CHAPTER TEN

The Road to Chicago

CHAPTER ELEVEN

The Aftermath of Defeat

CHAPTER TWELVE

The Long Exile

EPILOUGE: THE LIBERALS PROGRESS

Acknowledgments

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400077908
Author:
Sandbrook, Dominic
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Legislators
Subject:
Liberalism
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Government - Legislative Branch
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Legislators -- United States.
Subject:
Biography-Political
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 PP. BandW
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.08x5.24x.88 in. .87 lbs.

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