Camelot's End by Jon Ward

Camelot's End

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 reelectio...

Details Camelot's End

TitleCamelot's End
Release DateJan 22nd, 2019
GenrePolitics, History, Nonfiction, North American Hi..., American History

Reviews Camelot's End

  • Matt
    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 alon...
  • Kathleen
    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 ...
  • Inches
    The 1980 election marked the beginning of the Democrats gradual drifting to the right, culminating in its present state of Republican Light.
  • Andrew Wilhelm
    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.
  • John
    I found it to be engrossing and well researched and a nice democratic-centric follow up to The Invisible Bridge by Perlstein.