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Eugene McCarthy : the rise and fall of postwar American liberalism

Author: Dominic Sandbrook
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Dominic Sandbrook traces Eugene McCarthy's rise to prominence and his subsequent failures, and makes clear how his story embodies the larger history of American liberalism over the last half century. We see McCarthy elected from Minnesota to the House and then to the Senate, part of a new liberal movement that combined New Deal domestic policies and fierce Cold War hawkishness, a consensus that produced huge  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Sandbrook, Dominic.
Eugene McCarthy.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2004
(OCoLC)607060241
Online version:
Sandbrook, Dominic.
Eugene McCarthy.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2004
(OCoLC)632043158
Named Person: Eugene J McCarthy; Eugene J McCarthy
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dominic Sandbrook
ISBN: 1400041058 9781400041053
OCLC Number: 53831429
Description: xiii, 397 p., [8] plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Prologue --
ch. 1. The Watkins wonder --
ch. 2. The education of a Catholic politician --
ch. 3. The new liberalism and the 1948 election --
ch. 4. The quiet congressman --
ch. 5. Patronage and principle in the Eisenhower Era --
ch. 6. The politics of ambition --
ch. 7. Rethinking the Cold War --
ch. 8. The limits of power --
ch. 9. A footnote in history : New Hampshire, 1968 --
ch. 10. The road to Chicago --
ch. 11. The aftermath of defeat --
ch. 12. The long exile --
Epilogue : The liberal's progress --
Acknowledgments --
Notes --
Bibliography.
Responsibility: Dominic Sandbrook.
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"Dominic Sandbrook traces Eugene McCarthy's rise to prominence and his subsequent failures, and makes clear how his story embodies the larger history of American liberalism over the last half century. We see McCarthy elected from Minnesota to the House and then to the Senate, part of a new liberal movement that combined New Deal domestic policies and fierce Cold War hawkishness, a consensus that produced huge electoral victories until it was shattered by the war in Vietnam." "As the situation in Vietnam escalated, many liberals, like McCarthy, found themselves increasingly estranged from the anti-Communism that they had supported for nearly two decades. Sandbrook recounts McCarthy's growing opposition to President Johnson and his policies, which culminated in McCarthy's stunning near-victory in the New Hampshire presidential primary and Johnson's subsequent withdrawal from the race. McCarthy went on to lose the nomination to Hubert Humphrey at the infamous 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, which secured his downfall and led to Richard Nixon's election, but he had pulled off one of the greatest electoral upsets in American history, one that helped shape the political landscape for decades."--Jacket.

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