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Library: The Contest - An illustrated book talk with author Michael Schumacher

The Contest: The 1968 Election and the War for America’s Soul

Drawing largely from oral histories and papers of the major candidates, Schumacher, author of biographies of Eric Clapton, Francis Ford Coppola, and Allen Ginsberg, delivers a straightforward account of how the candidates in the 1968 American presidential election grappled with events and their own inner demons. A dramatic, deeply informed account of one of the most consequential elections and periods in American history

1968—rife with riots, assassinations, anti–Vietnam War protests, and realpolitik—was one of the most tumultuous years in the twentieth century, culminating in one of the most consequential presidential elections in American history. The Contest tells the story of that contentious election and that remarkable year, giving us the long view of a turning point in American culture and politics. It was---as it seems now---a time of bitter divisions, but it was also a time when decent and thoughtful men sought the highest office in the land. 1968 was the year of an election that would change America forever.

Michael Schumacher’s The Contest is a brilliant revisiting of the 1968 presidential election, which forever changed
America and the world. Every page sparkles with historical wisdom, clear-headed analysis, and fresh facts.
Out of all the books I’ve read on the 1968 election, this is the very best. Highly recommended!
— Douglas Brinkley, author of Cronkite

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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