THE YEAR OF THE PEOPLE by Eugene J. McCarthy


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This is a succinct statement of McCarthy's principles as well as a clearly-written election chronicle. McCarthy supplies his political background and traces his serious concern over Vietnam from 1965 on as a self-evident answer to why he decided to run. After that it's from primary to primary with a shifting opposing cast--""I began to feel like a relay runner who after each lap had to face a different runner."" Most disturbing to him was the Kennedy camp tactic of attacking and distorting his voting record which McCarthy takes pains to clarify. He hedges back and forth about whether Bobby was to blame but finally puts it down to bad advisors and-RFK's too heavy reliance on them. Other campaign assertions that he sets straight for the record: he did indeed visit ghetto areas, there never was a Kennedy-McCarthy feud, and he recalls quoting Sir Thomas More only once in all his talks. Those who admire the Senator's poetical as well as political leanings will not be disappointed, for the text is heavily spiked with McCarthy's favorite pieces, including his own on-the-stump effort ""Three Bad Signs."" And of course there are constant and concluding accolades for the people, young and even old, who were the real story of the ""New Politics.

Pub Date: Oct. 24th, 1969
Publisher: Doubleday