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Camelot's End

Kennedy vs. Carter and the Fight That Broke the Democratic Party
By: Jon Ward
Narrated by: John Pruden
Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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 It was the last gasp of an outdated system, an insider's game that old Kennedy hands thought they had mastered, and the year that marked the unraveling of the Democratic Party as America had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 it.

Camelot'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 listeners deep inside a dark chapter in American political history.

©2019 Jon Ward (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"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)

"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)

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

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Captivating

I am a difficult person to keep focused so I can start a book and stop listening if it slows down. Jon Ward’s book brought Carter and Kennedy so much alive I was sad when it finished. I hope Jon keeps writing.

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Worth the time!

This is an insightful and unbiased look into both Kennedy and Carter as men and historical figures.

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Very good book

Very good book about two flawed yet hard working men. Would recommend to anyone interested in history or American politics.