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Camelot's End: Kennedy Vs. Carter and the Fight That Broke the Democratic Party Hardcover – 22 Jan 2019

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  • Hardcover: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Twelve (22 January 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455591386
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455591381
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 612 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A masterful account of an all but forgotten episode in modern American politics: the epic clash between Jimmy Carter and Ted Kennedy for the 1980 Democratic nomination. An accomplished journalist, Ward brilliantly recreates an era when, in the aftermath of Watergate and the country's defeat in Vietnam, American power and prestige were waning and the country's faith in its institutions was being sorely tested. Against this backdrop, his portrait of his two protagonists who fought for the soul of their party is sharp and insightful, capturing both the strengths and glaring flaws of both men. CAMELOT'S END is a must-read for anybody interested in American politics."--Michael Isikoff, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump

"Well written, well reported, and compelling, Jon Ward's CAMELOT'S END paints a picture of two flawed and ambitious politicians and destiny's collision course for them. Beyond the political stakes seen by the Kennedy and Carter camps, Ward manages to draw out the drama of the philosophical choices the two represented, and the character of the Democratic Party and indeed the nation. It's a sheer joy to read."--Jake Tapper, CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent

"A well-researched and valuable look back at a period of intense political turmoil that helped shape our current environment."--Booklist

"In CAMELOT'S END, Jon Ward delivers a dynamic telling of the Kennedy-Carter slugfest that defined the Democratic Party for two generations."--Amie Parnes, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Shattered

"Anyone who wants to understand how our presidential campaigns came to be the way they are needs to read this rollicking, surprising account of an election season whose twists and turns have never, until now, been fully understood by anyone other than the participants. And there's a reason most of them didn't want the rest of us to find out."--Sasha Issenberg, bestselling author of The Victory Lab

"CAMELOT'S END moves through an important time of testing with power and pace. The profiles drawn are sharp and memorable. This passion for politics is woven into our history and skillfully retold here."--Major Garrett, chief White House correspondent CBS News

"In CAMELOT'S END, Jon Ward skillfully resurrects the poisonous 1980 conflict between Jimmy Carter and Ted Kennedy that sowed new divisions in the Democratic Party and left it in a political wilderness for the next twelve years."--Curtis Wilkie, author of The Fall of the House of Zeus

"The story of two political titans whose clash defined the modern Democratic Party, expertly told by one of the best political reporters around. Jon Ward brings his tragic heroes to life on every page, rendering Carter and Kennedy with all the human complexity they deserve. It's a fresh breeze of a book."--Matt Bai, author of All the Truth Is Out

"Ward's vivid telling of what may be the last missing chapter in the saga of the Kennedy family is compellingly told...CAMELOT'S END is a first-rate work."--Craig Shirley, New York Times bestselling author of December 1941

"Captivating...[CAMELOT'S END] moves at a steady clip, but not by sacrificing scholarship -- Ward draws on journalism of the day, previous biographies, histories, memoirs, and new interviews with some of the players. He engages fully with the complexities of both men...enthralling reading."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

About the Author

Jon Ward is the senior political correspondent for Yahoo News, author of Camelot's End: Kennedy vs. Carter and the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party (Twelve Books, 2019), and host of The Long Game podcast. He has covered American politics and culture for two decades as a city desk reporter in Washington D.C.; as a White House correspondent who traveled aboard Air Force One to Africa, Europe, and the Middle East; and as a national affairs correspondent who has traveled the country to write about two presidential campaigns and the ideas and people animating our times. He has been published in The Washington Post, The New Republic, Politico Magazine, Vanity Fair, The Huffington Post, and The Washington Times. He and his family live in Washington, D.C.

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