The Year That Broke Politics: Collusion and Chaos in the Presidential Election of 1968

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Yale University Press
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6.47 X 9.49 X 1.14 inches | 1.57 pounds

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About the Author
Luke A. Nichter is professor of history and James H. Cavanaugh Endowed Chair in Presidential Studies at Chapman University. He is the author of The Last Brahmin: Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. and the Making of the Cold War. He lives in Orange, CA, and Bowling Green, OH.
"A fresh, authoritative analysis of a pivotal election year."--Kirkus Reviews

"This is an absolutely riveting read, and proof that in the right hands, history can be re-written for the right reasons."--Air Mail, "Editor's Picks"

"Luke Nichter is a brilliant scholar who knows how and when to keep digging. He is also a clear and compelling writer. The Year That Broke Politics is surprising, revelatory, and riveting."--Evan Thomas, author of Being Nixon

"The Year That Broke Politics is a masterpiece of political detective work full of fresh anecdotes often anchored with just unearthed archival documents. This is a game-changing book about the politics of 1968 from a first-rate Presidential historian. Highly recommended!"--Douglas Brinkley, author of Silent Spring Revolution: John F. Kennedy, Rachel Carson, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and the Great Environmental Awakening

"No one is writing the history of modern American politics with more insight and originality than Luke Nichter. In The Year That Broke Politics, Nichter offers a radical revision of the momentous election of 1968. Overturned is the conspiracy theory that Richard Nixon undermined Lyndon Johnson's Vietnam peace initiative. With meticulous research and invaluable new sources, Nichter shows that it was in fact Johnson who undermined Hubert Humphrey's bid to succeed him--and who came to see Nixon as preferable. This is one of those rare books that recasts a major turning point and renders a shelf-load of earlier studies obsolete."--Niall Ferguson, Milbank Family Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution, and author of Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist