Jon Ward | Camelot's End: Kennedy vs. Carter and the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party

Jon Ward | Camelot's End: Kennedy vs. Carter and the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party

Thursday, Jan 24, 2019 7:00 PM

Location:
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307

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 It was the last gasp of an outdated system, an insider's game that old Kennedy hands thought they had mastered, and the year that marked the unraveling of the Democratic Party as America had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

About the Book

"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 readers deep inside a dark chapter in American political history.

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About the Author

Jon Ward has chronicled American politics and culture for two decades, as a city desk reporter in Washington D.C., as a White House correspondent who traveled aboard Air Force One to Africa, Europe and the Middle East, and as a national affairs correspondent who has traveled the country to write about two presidential campaigns and the ideas and people animating our times. He is a senior political correspondent for Yahoo News and has been published in The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Huffington Post, The Daily Caller, and The Washington Times. He and his family live in Washington, D.C.

Please note that the nonprofit, non-governmental Carter Center has agreed to take over as the host of Carter Library's author series during the federal government shutdown. Previously scheduled events will move to either the Cecil B. Day Chapel or the Cyprus Room at the Carter Center. Event signs and Carter Center volunteers will be on hand to direct attendees.