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Years Of Discord: American Politics And Society, 1961-1974
Years Of Discord: American Politics And Society, 1961-1974
By John Morton Blum
Norton, 1991, 530 pp

The years from John Kennedy's inauguration to Richard Nixon's resignation were among the most politically tortured in American history-encompassing assassinations, racial discord, ambitious programs of social welfare, Vietnam and organized challenges to authority, Watergate and the crisis of the presidency. This careful, detailed narrative is equally useful for general reading or classroom. The theme of the book and the era is the failure of liberal prescriptions to resolve conflicts successfully at home and abroad. The focus is on national leaders, on what they thought and why, on character and its absence, on the reasons for success and failure.