CLBR #241: Michael Cohen on 1968 and the Birth of Disunion

Michael Cohen on 1968 and the Birth of Disunion

Today we feature one of our pre-recorded interviews with authors from the Miami Book Fair – Boston Globe columnist Michael A. Cohen author of American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division.

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In American Maelstrom, Michael A. Cohen captures the full drama of this watershed election, establishing 1968 as the hinge between the decline of political liberalism, the ascendancy of conservative populism, and the rise of anti-government attitudes that continue to dominate the nation’s political discourse. In this sweeping and immersive book, equal parts compelling analysis and thrilling narrative, Cohen takes us to the very source of our modern politics of division.

Michael A. Cohen is an author, columnist and regular commentator on both national politics and American foreign policy. He is a regular columnist for the Boston Globe and World Politics Review and the U.S Political Correspondent for the London Observer.

He is the author of Live from the Campaign Trail: The Greatest Presidential Campaign Speeches of the 20th Century and How They Shaped Modern America (Walker Books, 2008), which was called by the New York Observer, “a perfectly timed compendium for anyone skeptical about the power of rhetoric during a campaign, or (come on, admit it!) anyone who’s been completely mesmerized.”

This is a very timely book because the consequences of 1968 are playing out now in our current election.  I’ll still cling to my belief that Bobby Kennedy would have won had he lived, but Cohen makes the case why he might not have.


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