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 shows the importance of domestic upheaval on the election.
Walter LaFeber is Andrew H. and James S. Tisch Distinguished University Professor and a Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow in the Department of History at Cornell University. He is the author of numerous articles and his most recent books include Michael Jordan and the New Global Capitalism and America, Russia, and the Cold War, 1945-2002.
Introduction: War and Democracy: The Life-or-Death Bet Chapter 1: General William Westmoreland: The Tet Offensive Chapter 2: Senator Eugene McCarthy: The College Student Crusade Chapter 3: Lyndon Johnson: "People Grow Tired of Confusion" Chapter 4: Martin Luther King: The Dream Chapter 5: Robert Kennedy: The "National Soul" Chapter 6: Richard Nixon: The Candidate from Squaresville? Chapter 7: Hubert Horatio Humphrey: The Isolation of the Politics of Joy Chapter 8: George Wallace: The Populism of the Vietnam War Era Chapter 9: Nguyen Van Thieu: A Merry-Go-Round in a Chamber of Horrors Conclusion Bibliography