Camelot's End: Kennedy vs. Carter and the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party

Camelot's End: Kennedy vs. Carter and the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party

Jon Ward / Jul 16, 2019

Camelot s End Kennedy vs Carter and the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party From a strange dark chapter in American political history comes the captivating story of Ted Kennedy s campaign for president against the incumbent Jimmy Carter told in full for the first time

  • Title: Camelot's End: Kennedy vs. Carter and the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party
  • Author: Jon Ward
  • ISBN: 1455591386
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From a strange, dark chapter in American political history comes the captivating story of Ted Kennedy s 1980 campaign for president against the incumbent Jimmy Carter, told in full for the first time The Carter presidency was on life support The Democrats, desperate to keep power and yearning to resurrect former glory, turned to Kennedy And so, 1980 became a civil war From a strange, dark chapter in American political history comes the captivating story of Ted Kennedy s 1980 campaign for president against the incumbent Jimmy Carter, told in full for the first time The Carter presidency was on life support The Democrats, desperate to keep power and yearning to resurrect former glory, turned to Kennedy And so, 1980 became a civil war It was the last time an American president received a serious reelection challenge from inside his own party, the last contested convention, and the last all out floor fight, where political combatants fought in real time to decide who would be the nominee It was the last gasp of an outdated system, an insider s game that old Kennedy hands thought they had mastered, and the year that marked the unraveling of the Democratic Party as America had known itMELOT S END details the incredible drama of Kennedy s challenge what led to it, how it unfolded, and its lasting effects with cinematic sweep It is a story about what happened to the Democratic Party when the country s long string of successes, luck, and global dominance following World War II ran its course, and how, on a quest to recapture the magic of JFK, Democrats plunged themselves into an intra party civil war.And, at its heart, CAMELOT S END is the tale of two extraordinary and deeply flawed men Teddy Kennedy, one of the nation s greatest lawmakers, a man of flaws and of great character and Jimmy Carter, a politically tenacious but frequently underestimated trailblazer Comprehensive and nuanced, featuring new interviews with major party leaders and behind the scenes revelations from the time, CAMELOT S END presents both Kennedy and Carter in a new light, and takes readers deep inside a dark chapter in American political history Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 400 pages Published January 22nd 2019 by Twelve More Details ISBN 1455591386 ISBN13 9781455591381 Other Editions 5 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Camelots End, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Ted Kennedy a man of great character who wrote this description for this book and help me understand how anyone can possibly think someone who leaves the scene of an accident, does not call for help, and allows the occupant of his vehicle to die is a man of great character 3 likeslike 36 days ago See all 3 answers Jon Ward Hi, it s Jon Ward, the author That language escaped my notice in the book production I m not sure how it got in there, and I had already planned to Hi, it s Jon Ward, the author That language escaped my notice in the book production I m not sure how it got in there, and I had already planned to remove it on the paperback edition Thanks for catching it And Melissa is right while I try to approach both Kennedy and Carter with an open mind and an open heart, and I look to affirm their qualities and achievements, I don t shy away from writing about Chappaquiddick or Kennedy s other moral shortcomings Thanks Jon less flag See all 3 questions about Camelots End Lists with This Book They Also Ran Presidential candidates who didn t make it 101 books 5 voters History Published in Year 2019 40 books 11 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 29, 2019 Matt rated it it was amazing Shelves audiobook Many have heard the Kennedy family referred to as living in a modern Camelot Powerful patriarch, Joseph, and his sons strove to make a difference in the political realm But when did it all come to an end for them and how did America turn away from this glorified view of the Kennedys Perhaps they never have, though Jon Ward argues that the political Camelot came crashing down with the 1980 Democratic National Convention, dragging the Party along with it All this primarily due to an embittered Many have heard the Kennedy family referred to as living in a modern Camelot Powerful patriarch, Joseph, and his sons strove to make a difference in the political realm But when did it all come to an end for them and how did America turn away from this glorified view of the Kennedys Perhaps they never have, though Jon Ward argues that the political Camelot came crashing down with the 1980 Democratic National Convention, dragging the Party along with it All this primarily due to an embittered campaign for a presidential nominee Incumbent President Jimmy Carter took the stage at Madison Square Gardens to seek the formal nod by delegates to take the Democrats into the campaign to face the electorate in November Standing in his way was Edward Teddy Kennedy, the last of the political brothers and a powerhouse all his own Ward takes the reader on a journey to see how these men destroyed their political bases, the Party, and all but handed Ronald Reagan the presidency in 1980, leaving the country in awe during a time it needed solace the most Opening with great biographical narratives told in parallel, Ward discusses the upbringing of both men Kennedy with a silver spoon lodged in his mouth, while Carter sweated it out picking peanuts and how different they were Kennedy had politics in his blood, but the shadow of his two brothers seemed to stymie his ability to stay on the beaten path Carter, a respected Navy veteran, sought to promote his progressive ways in the Deep South, where segregation and racism were the lifeblood of politics Coming up through the ranks, both men had their foibles, which lingered with them, though Kennedy s 1969 Chappaquiddick driving debacle that left a young woman dead would seem to have overshadowed much of Carter s aligning himself with racists in order to secure both the Georgia governor s mansion and a 1976 run for president While both men knew the other only in passing, they remained on one another s radar Kennedy passed up the chance to run in 76, but many felt that he was gearing up for 80, though he remained uncommitted Meanwhile, Carter sat in the Oval Office and faced economic disaster at a time when the American people could not accept anything less than the prosperity they felt the world s superpower deserved While Carter had some international successes, these were overshadowed by long gas lines and protests by the American people Kennedy toiled in the US Senate to create needed legislation for healthcare reforms and tax breaks that would help the middle class As they geared up for the 1980 campaign, Carter and Kennedy both sought to take the Democratic Party in their own direction, though it was the latter s decision to challenge a sitting president that left Carter promising to whip his ass even before the last Prince of Camelot had formally entered the race Speaking of entering the race, Ward goes into detail about a CBS special on Teddy Kennedy before he announced, which depicted the man as one who could not dodge the Chappaquiddick disaster from a decade before and had no clear reason for entering the race, even though he was seen as an odds in favourite and wanted to shape policy in new directions From there, the primary season began, allowing both men to claw at one another and make gains in different ways Kennedy stumbled out of the block and found financial limitations paralyse his progress, while Carter was trying to juggle the Iran hostage crisis, which was yet another black mark on his reputation Even when Carter had the needed delegates to win, Kennedy would not concede, crafting an idea about releasing delegates from their primary commitments when they arrived in New York Bloodied and bruised, they arrived for the convention to a raucous, yet highly divided Democratic base, all while GOP candidate Ronald Reagan sat back and basked in the knowledge that he would obliterate either man, come November Ward offers a wonderfully detailed description of the goings on at the Democratic Convention, including Kennedy s last attempt to wrestle control away from the sitting president However, nothing could outdo the events surrounding the last night, when Kennedy handed Carter the snub seen round the world From there, it was a rocky push through the general election campaign, where Reagan all but handed victory to Carter, who fumbled many chances to bury the television lightweight In the end, with Carter trounced and the Democrats in disarray, both men turned away from the presidential limelight Carter was shunned by his party and turned to a life of humanitarian aid and writing, while Kennedy spent one final decade as a philanderer, while honing his skills as a senator and helped bring the institution together before his death While it is impossible to know what might have happened in 1980, had things been a little different in the primaries or during the election, there is no doubt that the 1980 left a sour taste in the mouths of many watching the implosion of the Democratic Party by two men who refused to compromise Camelot is gone, left crumbled by a bumbling third son and other relatives who have passed on Gritty political battles are also a thing of the past, at least those played out on the convention floor during prime time But, as we continue to see today, tearing a party apart remains a game that some play for the fun of it, leaving some to wonder if the GOP will resurrect the bloodbath this book depicted in 2020 A powerful narrative that engages the reader with anecdotes and historical accounts, sure to educate and entertain in equal measure A must read for political fanatics such as myself, especially those who love American politics.While I am a fan of political history, particularly as it relates to presidential politics, this book stood out as something even exceptional Jon Ward delivers not only a description of the battle for the Democratic nomination in 1980, but serves to present a well rounded biographical piece of the two main contenders Mixing in many of the political flavours of the time, Ward supports his claims that this was to be the true litmus test of how the Democrats could meld two of their major factions ahead of another clash with the Republicans Vowing not to be as criminal as Nixon or as blaz as Ford, the Party wanted to build on its successes, while also trying to ignore some of the domestic disasters that had befallen the Carter Administration since January 1977 In doing so, two men who refused to bow to one another began a battle that would ensure no stone was left unturned and allowed the world to watch as they destroyed one another Unity was second to victory in August of 1980, with a sitting president being forced to fight for his own party s stamp of approval, though it was from the last man in a family that had owned the Democrats for decades Ward uses not only press coverage, but interviews, behind the scenes candid depictions, as well as poll sentiments at the time to develop a narrative that permits the reader to feel right in on the action Vicious attacks were lodged and stubbornness helped disintegrate any form of coming together before the prime time disaster that encapsulated the Democratic Party coming apart Who was to blame for all of this Ward offers some suggestions in his powerful prose, though it is up to the reader to decide in the end With powerful chapters full of research, Jon Ward offers readers that detailed look into the political goings on leading up to the 1980 Convention and how it took years for the Democrats to recover and unite to defeat their GOP opponents, at least for the White House I am so pleased this book found its way onto my radar and hope to find in line with this style soon.Kudos, Mr Ward, for a great story of political undoing in the modern age I will have to find of your work, especially if it is as easy to comprehend.Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge flag 39 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Pamela Wow, Matt Superb review Thank you Jan 30, 2019 07 44AM Matt Thanks, Pamela Jan 30, 2019 07 48AM Jan 21, 2019 Kathleen rated it really liked it First, it must be said that some commentators __ without reading the book __on the basis of a blurb have assumed that this book will be a celebration of Ted Kennedy This was not the intent of the author In fact, Ward says of Chappaquiddick The scandal could easily have resulted in prison time, and probably should have Kopechne s death should have cost Kennedy his Senate seat, but it did not Instead CAMELOT S END is a detailed, fascinating history of the contrasting lives of Jimmy Carter a First, it must be said that some commentators __ without reading the book __on the basis of a blurb have assumed that this book will be a celebration of Ted Kennedy This was not the intent of the author In fact, Ward says of Chappaquiddick The scandal could easily have resulted in prison time, and probably should have Kopechne s death should have cost Kennedy his Senate seat, but it did not Instead CAMELOT S END is a detailed, fascinating history of the contrasting lives of Jimmy Carter and Edward Kennedy __ including their failures and accomplishments The book describes the effects of their battle for the presidential nomination on the Democratic Party and what both men did in the aftermath A gripping history of the not so distant past flag 1 likeLike see review View 2 comments Jan 31, 2019 Inches rated it really liked it The 1980 election marked the beginning of the Democrats gradual drifting to the right, culminating in its present state of Republican Light flag 1 likeLike see review Feb 01, 2019 Austin Crafton rated it liked it review of another edition An overall worthwhile read concerning two men that faced monumental defeats in 1980 The first half retreads quite a bit of familiar ground if you ve read on Carter or Kennedy in the past, the latter half is where we get into the real reason for coming A look back on a bitter, nasty primary election If you re interested in political party mechanics or seeing how history essentially repeated itself in the 2016 primaries, there are interesting tidbits to be found You ll also learn why sitting An overall worthwhile read concerning two men that faced monumental defeats in 1980 The first half retreads quite a bit of familiar ground if you ve read on Carter or Kennedy in the past, the latter half is where we get into the real reason for coming A look back on a bitter, nasty primary election If you re interested in political party mechanics or seeing how history essentially repeated itself in the 2016 primaries, there are interesting tidbits to be found You ll also learn why sitting presidents are not historically challenged in the primaries This book is another reminder that the Carter Administration had to be one of the most unlucky administrations in our nation s history and that Ted Kennedy was essentially a kamikaze candidate that may have never truly wanted the presidency until it was much too late The author does a nice job of separating the focal characters personal lives from their political achievements and never places Carter or Kennedy on a pedestal flag Like see review Jan 24, 2019 Andrew Wilhelm rated it liked it An interesting book, and a somewhat fresh take on a well traveled topic Overall though nothing in the book was particularly earth shattering Despite the title there was also no real commentary offered about how the events that took place in the 1980 primary or the Kennedy Carter relationship shaped the future of the Democratic party flag Like see review Feb 01, 2019 Kathleen rated it liked it Who could be dissimilar as politicians than Jimmy Carter and Edward Kennedy Yet, this book claims what happened during the early 1980 s changed everything It didn t seem to be a very believable argument flag Like see review Jan 30, 2019 John rated it really liked it I found it to be engrossing and well researched and a nice democratic centric follow up to The Invisible Bridge by Perlstein flag Like see review Danny Gill rated it really liked it Dec 27, 2018 Bluetulip rated it it was ok Jan 14, 2019 Suzanne Carter rated it it was amazing Jan 31, 2019 Amanda rated it it was amazing Jan 01, 2019 Gwen Mayer rated it really liked it Jun 01, 2018 Mike rated it really liked it Jan 29, 2019 Joseph Kelly rated it really liked it Oct 26, 2018 Jude Brigley rated 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        Jon Ward has chronicled 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 is a senior political Jon Ward has chronicled 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 is a senior political correspondent for Yahoo News and has been published in The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Huffington Post, The Daily Caller, and The Washington Times He and his family live in Washington, D.C


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    1. Many have heard the Kennedy family referred to as living in a modern Camelot Powerful patriarch, Joseph, and his sons strove to make a difference in the political realm But when did it all come to an end for them and how did America turn away from this glorified view of the Kennedys Perhaps they never have, though Jon Ward argues that the political Camelot came crashing down with the 1980 Democratic National Convention, dragging the Party along with it All this primarily due to an embittered Man [...]


    2. First, it must be said that some commentators __ without reading the book __on the basis of a blurb have assumed that this book will be a celebration of Ted Kennedy This was not the intent of the author In fact, Ward says of Chappaquiddick The scandal could easily have resulted in prison time, and probably should have Kopechne s death should have cost Kennedy his Senate seat, but it did not Instead CAMELOT S END is a detailed, fascinating history of the contrasting lives of Jimmy Carter a First, [...]


    3. The 1980 election marked the beginning of the Democrats gradual drifting to the right, culminating in its present state of Republican Light.


    4. An overall worthwhile read concerning two men that faced monumental defeats in 1980 The first half retreads quite a bit of familiar ground if you ve read on Carter or Kennedy in the past, the latter half is where we get into the real reason for coming A look back on a bitter, nasty primary election If you re interested in political party mechanics or seeing how history essentially repeated itself in the 2016 primaries, there are interesting tidbits to be found You ll also learn why sitting An ov [...]


    5. An interesting book, and a somewhat fresh take on a well traveled topic Overall though nothing in the book was particularly earth shattering Despite the title there was also no real commentary offered about how the events that took place in the 1980 primary or the Kennedy Carter relationship shaped the future of the Democratic party.


    6. Who could be dissimilar as politicians than Jimmy Carter and Edward Kennedy Yet, this book claims what happened during the early 1980 s changed everything It didn t seem to be a very believable argument.


    7. I found it to be engrossing and well researched and a nice democratic centric follow up to The Invisible Bridge by Perlstein.


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