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Deadly Bet : LBJ, Vietnam, and the 1968 Election

Deadly Bet : LBJ, Vietnam, and the 1968 Election - 05 edition

Deadly Bet : LBJ, Vietnam, and the 1968 Election - 05 edition

ISBN13: 9780742543928

ISBN10: 0742543927

Deadly Bet : LBJ, Vietnam, and the 1968 Election by Walter LaFeber - ISBN 9780742543928
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub, Inc.
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Deadly Bet : LBJ, Vietnam, and the 1968 Election by Walter LaFeber - ISBN 9780742543928

ISBN13: 9780742543928

ISBN10: 0742543927

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 05

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Lyndon Johnson made a life or death bet during his Presidential term, and lost. Intent upon fighting an extended war against a determined foe, he gambled that American society could also endure a vast array of domestic reforms. The result was the turmoil of the 1968 presidential election--a crisis more severe than any since the Civil War. With thousands killed in Vietnam, hundreds dead in civil rights riots, televised chaos at the Democratic National Convention, and two major assassinations, Americans responded by voting for the law and order message of Richard Nixon.

In The Deadly Bet, distinguished historian Walter LaFeber explores the turbulent election of 1968 and its significance in the larger context of American history. Looking through the eyes of the year's most important players--including Robert F. Kennedy, Eugene McCarthy, Martin Luther King, Hubert Humphrey, Richard Nixon, George Wallace, Nguyen Van Thieu and Lyndon Johnson--LaFeber argues that the domestic upheaval had more impact on the election than the war in Vietnam.

Clear, concise, and engaging, this work sheds important light on the crucial year of 1968.

  • Offers a highly accessible introduction to the major players and key factors that lead up to this critical election
  • Provides an effective starting point for classroom discussions on the impact of the Vietnam war, Johnson's domestic policies and the Civil Rights movement on the 1968 election.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction: War and Democracy: The Life-or-Death Bet
General William Westmoreland : The Tet Offensive
Senator Eugene McCarthy: The College Student Crusade
Lyndon Johnson: "People Grow Tired of Confusion"
Martin Luther King: The Dream
Robert Kennedy: The "National Soul"
Richard Nixon: The Candidate from Squaresville?
Hubert Horatio Humphrey: The Isolation of the Politics of Joy
George Wallace: The Populism of the Vietnam War Era
Nguyen Van Thieu: A Merry-Go-Round in a Chamber of Horrors
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