Minnesota Historical Society

The Contest: The 1968 Election and the War for America's Soul

$ 34.95

A dramatic, deeply informed account of one of the most consequential elections and periods in American history

1968—rife with riots, assassinations, anti–Vietnam War protests, and realpolitik—was one of the most tumultuous years in the twentieth century, culminating in one of the most consequential presidential elections in American history. The Contest tells the story of that contentious election and that remarkable year, giving us the long view of a turning point in American culture and politics.

  • Author: Michael Schumacher
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press (2018)
  • Format: cloth/jacket, 568 pages, 41 b&w plates, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4

Michael Schumacher is the author and editor of many books, including biographies of Eric Clapton, Phil Ochs, Francis Ford Coppola, and Allen Ginsberg. Dharma Lion: A Biography of Allen GinsbergFirst Thought: Conversations with Allen Ginsberg; and There But for Fortune: The Life of Phil Ochs were published by the University of Minnesota Press.


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