Synopses & Reviews
Hubert Humphrey was one of the great liberal leaders of postwar American politics, yet because he never made it to the Oval Office, he has been largely overlooked by biographers. His career encompassed three well-known high points: his civil rights speech at the 1948 Democratic Convention that risked his political future; his shepherding of the 1964 Civil Rights Act through the Senate; and his near-victory in the 1968 presidential election, one of the angriest and most divisive in the country's history.
Historian Arnold A. Offner has explored vast troves of archival records to recapture the life of the man Jimmy Carter thought deserved to be president. Offner gives us previously unknown details of Vice President Humphrey's fractious relationship with Lyndon Johnson, shows how Johnson colluded with Richard Nixon to deny Humphrey the presidency, and describes the most neglected aspect of Humphrey's career: his major legislative achievements after returning to the Senate in 1970.