Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics

Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics

From the celebrated host of MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, an important and enthralling new account of the presidential election that changed everything, and created American politics as we know it today. Long before Lawrence O'Donnell was the anchor of his own political talk show, he was the Harvard Law-trained political aide to Senator Patrick Moynihan, o From the celebrated host of MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, an important and enthralling new account of ...

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Title:Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics
Author:Lawrence O'Donnell
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Genres:History
ISBN:0399563148
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:464 pages pages

Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics Reviews

  • Mehrsa
    Nov 30, 2017

    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...

    The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O?Donnell?s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history. According to O?Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politic...

    I have been staring at this computer screen for half an hour, trying to find the words to explain how I feel. I think I am so unable to find the words because I am struggling with my 18-year-old self. Lawrence O'Donnell has captured so many of the feelings from that incredible year....

    I'd like to begin this review with a question. How do you follow up reading and reviewing the most highly-anticipated book of the year? In my case it was simple to go from one presidential campaign to another. Although the campaign that I chose was not just any campaign it was the gran...

    LOD is one of my best friends. I love his writing and I love him on TV, but the best is when he gets on a jag late at night when we're chatting and just turns world events into a story. This book is the closest I've experienced to that joy being done for the public. I was 13 in 196...

    In my book (The Color of Money), I have a chapter on the 1968 election and as I was writing it, I was thinking "you could write a whole library on this election!" This book is a worthy first volume for that library. I think we are far enough out and every strand of American politics th...

  • Patrick
    Jan 15, 2018

    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...

    The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O?Donnell?s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history. According to O?Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politic...

    I have been staring at this computer screen for half an hour, trying to find the words to explain how I feel. I think I am so unable to find the words because I am struggling with my 18-year-old self. Lawrence O'Donnell has captured so many of the feelings from that incredible year....

    I'd like to begin this review with a question. How do you follow up reading and reviewing the most highly-anticipated book of the year? In my case it was simple to go from one presidential campaign to another. Although the campaign that I chose was not just any campaign it was the gran...

    LOD is one of my best friends. I love his writing and I love him on TV, but the best is when he gets on a jag late at night when we're chatting and just turns world events into a story. This book is the closest I've experienced to that joy being done for the public. I was 13 in 196...

    In my book (The Color of Money), I have a chapter on the 1968 election and as I was writing it, I was thinking "you could write a whole library on this election!" This book is a worthy first volume for that library. I think we are far enough out and every strand of American politics th...

    I was sixteen in 1968, and I remember being a Gene McCarthy supporter in spite of my inability to vote.  I was anti-war, as were most of my friends, I was pro civil rights, and was discovering my conscience slowly but surely.  I also lived in Chicago and have vivid memories of the bl...

    I received my copy through a Goodreads giveaway. I own White's The Making of the President 1968 and An American Melodrama; what else did I need to know about the tragic, tumultuous and eventful election of 1968? With the hindsight of 50 years and the election of 2016-PLENTY! I enjoy th...

    For those wondering about author bias, I would say that he's an MSNBC host, profoundly anti-Vietnam war, and quite possibly a Bernie Bro (this unconfirmed, but I have suspicions). He doesn't like Nixon or Regan, but he doesn't seem to like Humphrey either. He's mixed on the LBJ, Kenned...

    The election of 1968 was a realignment election. It signaled the beginning of the end for the New Deal Coalition that was established with FDR. It was a tumultuous year. Martin Luther King and RFK were assassinated, the Melee at the Democratic convention in Chicago, Tet Offensive, and ...

    "Playing With Fire" is an informative book about the trials and tribulations of the 1968 U.S. presidential election by MSNBC news host Lawrence O'Donnell. I like O'Donnell on TV. I wasn't sure I would feel the same way about him as an author. I did, however. O'Donnell was quite detaile...

    Many recent works have revisited the tumultuous 1968 presidential election, which seeded many of the conflicts and resentments American politics still wrestles with today. Though covering well-trod ground, MSNBC host O'Donnell teases a gripping narrative bristling with fresh, provocati...

    Playing with fire is the best book on 1968 that I've read, Lawrence O'Donnell combines the social and political history of that time into one seamless narrative, The bulk of the book focuses on the campaign season that year highlighted by an almost a minute by minute analysis of each c...

    Eerily relevant. ...

    An exceptional read. Like many other reviewers, I remember that election quite well, but I was young and in college, and thus distracted by life. I had no idea of all that was going on -- as no one could at the time it was all happening. O'Donnell lays it all out, both the events that ...

    I had no particular interest in the 1968 election, but I like Lawrence O'Donnell a lot so I decided to give this a go and it was pretty interesting. I was 5 at the time, so obviously didn't realize what was going on around me. Every time I read a book like this, I think wow - it wa...

    The only reason I read this book is because O'Donnell promised that 1968's presidential election was way more wild and crazy than 2016's. And yeah, maybe I needed to feel a little bit better about that big old gaping wound that still affects my life (and the life of everyone I know) ev...

    Deeply fascinating, and surprisingly relevant to our contemporary political landscape. A lot of familiar names crop up on the periphery of mainstream events, from Roger Ailes, George Romney and Pat Buchanan to Bill Clinton and John Kerry. I wasn't alive in 1968, and previously ...

    Playing with Fire far exceeded my expectations. I grew up close enough to the 1960s that I have never had a burning desire to study the history of the 1960s. As all good books do, this one taught me that I didn't know what I don't know. In particular, the idea that in my lifetime there...

    While I wasn't quite a "Clean For Gene" volunteer during high school, I was an avid McCarthy supporter and anti war proponent. I thought I knew most of what went on during the1968 campaign until I read this terrific book with incredible inside info which made my stomach churn (Nixon's ...

    It is a comprehensive review of the 1968 presidential election with a brief introduction of the setting in which the event took place and biographical details of all the major players. There are striking resemblances between the campaigns of White Nationalist George Wallace and the cur...

    this book was simply phenomenal. I was born in 79 and I feel like I just experienced the 1968 elections and events leading up. A great read to end the last and kickoff the new year of reading. Lawrence O'Donnell makes sure to take his shots at the current president throughout, but not ...

    I was one of a small group of anti-war protesters on Long Island who led the fight for Gene McCarthy?s nomination in 1968. O?Donnell captures the enthusiasm, excitement, adrenaline, sadness, pain and frustration of that year. The Dream will Not Die! Even now. ...

    I'm always impressed when a book offers new insights into an era I'm very familiar with. ...

    Loved this book......I learned things I didn't know that happened during this chaotic time ...

    The 1968 Presidential Election is always one that I return to because of "What could have been". 1968 will always be a year of chaos in America, it does not even come close to the interesting first year of the Trump administration. Lawrance O'Donnell gives us a great narrative h...

    The 1968 election is one of our most fascinating and eventful elections and this book is a great telling of the story. I had recently read biographies of Bobby Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey, Nelson Rockefeller and Richard Nixon all of which detailed the campaign and it was also the first ca...

    I liked the book, although the first 1/3 was a bit more background than I really needed. Mainly, I was struck by how totally fucked up this election was. Okay -- to make sure that I remember this, I'm including some notes. The election of 1968 was dominated by conflicts over two...

    I was twelve-and-a-half years old during the 1968 presidential campaign (I turned thirteen a month after the election), and while I wasn't totally aware of the candidates and their stances on issues, the two biggest?the war in Vietnam and racial tensions?were on the nightly news al...

  • Mahlon
    Nov 07, 2017

    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...

    The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O?Donnell?s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history. According to O?Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politic...

    I have been staring at this computer screen for half an hour, trying to find the words to explain how I feel. I think I am so unable to find the words because I am struggling with my 18-year-old self. Lawrence O'Donnell has captured so many of the feelings from that incredible year....

    I'd like to begin this review with a question. How do you follow up reading and reviewing the most highly-anticipated book of the year? In my case it was simple to go from one presidential campaign to another. Although the campaign that I chose was not just any campaign it was the gran...

    LOD is one of my best friends. I love his writing and I love him on TV, but the best is when he gets on a jag late at night when we're chatting and just turns world events into a story. This book is the closest I've experienced to that joy being done for the public. I was 13 in 196...

    In my book (The Color of Money), I have a chapter on the 1968 election and as I was writing it, I was thinking "you could write a whole library on this election!" This book is a worthy first volume for that library. I think we are far enough out and every strand of American politics th...

    I was sixteen in 1968, and I remember being a Gene McCarthy supporter in spite of my inability to vote.  I was anti-war, as were most of my friends, I was pro civil rights, and was discovering my conscience slowly but surely.  I also lived in Chicago and have vivid memories of the bl...

    I received my copy through a Goodreads giveaway. I own White's The Making of the President 1968 and An American Melodrama; what else did I need to know about the tragic, tumultuous and eventful election of 1968? With the hindsight of 50 years and the election of 2016-PLENTY! I enjoy th...

    For those wondering about author bias, I would say that he's an MSNBC host, profoundly anti-Vietnam war, and quite possibly a Bernie Bro (this unconfirmed, but I have suspicions). He doesn't like Nixon or Regan, but he doesn't seem to like Humphrey either. He's mixed on the LBJ, Kenned...

    The election of 1968 was a realignment election. It signaled the beginning of the end for the New Deal Coalition that was established with FDR. It was a tumultuous year. Martin Luther King and RFK were assassinated, the Melee at the Democratic convention in Chicago, Tet Offensive, and ...

    "Playing With Fire" is an informative book about the trials and tribulations of the 1968 U.S. presidential election by MSNBC news host Lawrence O'Donnell. I like O'Donnell on TV. I wasn't sure I would feel the same way about him as an author. I did, however. O'Donnell was quite detaile...

    Many recent works have revisited the tumultuous 1968 presidential election, which seeded many of the conflicts and resentments American politics still wrestles with today. Though covering well-trod ground, MSNBC host O'Donnell teases a gripping narrative bristling with fresh, provocati...

    Playing with fire is the best book on 1968 that I've read, Lawrence O'Donnell combines the social and political history of that time into one seamless narrative, The bulk of the book focuses on the campaign season that year highlighted by an almost a minute by minute analysis of each c...

  • Andy Miller
    Jan 28, 2018

    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...

    The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O?Donnell?s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history. According to O?Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politic...

    I have been staring at this computer screen for half an hour, trying to find the words to explain how I feel. I think I am so unable to find the words because I am struggling with my 18-year-old self. Lawrence O'Donnell has captured so many of the feelings from that incredible year....

    I'd like to begin this review with a question. How do you follow up reading and reviewing the most highly-anticipated book of the year? In my case it was simple to go from one presidential campaign to another. Although the campaign that I chose was not just any campaign it was the gran...

    LOD is one of my best friends. I love his writing and I love him on TV, but the best is when he gets on a jag late at night when we're chatting and just turns world events into a story. This book is the closest I've experienced to that joy being done for the public. I was 13 in 196...

    In my book (The Color of Money), I have a chapter on the 1968 election and as I was writing it, I was thinking "you could write a whole library on this election!" This book is a worthy first volume for that library. I think we are far enough out and every strand of American politics th...

    I was sixteen in 1968, and I remember being a Gene McCarthy supporter in spite of my inability to vote.  I was anti-war, as were most of my friends, I was pro civil rights, and was discovering my conscience slowly but surely.  I also lived in Chicago and have vivid memories of the bl...

    I received my copy through a Goodreads giveaway. I own White's The Making of the President 1968 and An American Melodrama; what else did I need to know about the tragic, tumultuous and eventful election of 1968? With the hindsight of 50 years and the election of 2016-PLENTY! I enjoy th...

    For those wondering about author bias, I would say that he's an MSNBC host, profoundly anti-Vietnam war, and quite possibly a Bernie Bro (this unconfirmed, but I have suspicions). He doesn't like Nixon or Regan, but he doesn't seem to like Humphrey either. He's mixed on the LBJ, Kenned...

    The election of 1968 was a realignment election. It signaled the beginning of the end for the New Deal Coalition that was established with FDR. It was a tumultuous year. Martin Luther King and RFK were assassinated, the Melee at the Democratic convention in Chicago, Tet Offensive, and ...

    "Playing With Fire" is an informative book about the trials and tribulations of the 1968 U.S. presidential election by MSNBC news host Lawrence O'Donnell. I like O'Donnell on TV. I wasn't sure I would feel the same way about him as an author. I did, however. O'Donnell was quite detaile...

    Many recent works have revisited the tumultuous 1968 presidential election, which seeded many of the conflicts and resentments American politics still wrestles with today. Though covering well-trod ground, MSNBC host O'Donnell teases a gripping narrative bristling with fresh, provocati...

    Playing with fire is the best book on 1968 that I've read, Lawrence O'Donnell combines the social and political history of that time into one seamless narrative, The bulk of the book focuses on the campaign season that year highlighted by an almost a minute by minute analysis of each c...

    Eerily relevant. ...

    An exceptional read. Like many other reviewers, I remember that election quite well, but I was young and in college, and thus distracted by life. I had no idea of all that was going on -- as no one could at the time it was all happening. O'Donnell lays it all out, both the events that ...

    I had no particular interest in the 1968 election, but I like Lawrence O'Donnell a lot so I decided to give this a go and it was pretty interesting. I was 5 at the time, so obviously didn't realize what was going on around me. Every time I read a book like this, I think wow - it wa...

    The only reason I read this book is because O'Donnell promised that 1968's presidential election was way more wild and crazy than 2016's. And yeah, maybe I needed to feel a little bit better about that big old gaping wound that still affects my life (and the life of everyone I know) ev...

    Deeply fascinating, and surprisingly relevant to our contemporary political landscape. A lot of familiar names crop up on the periphery of mainstream events, from Roger Ailes, George Romney and Pat Buchanan to Bill Clinton and John Kerry. I wasn't alive in 1968, and previously ...

    Playing with Fire far exceeded my expectations. I grew up close enough to the 1960s that I have never had a burning desire to study the history of the 1960s. As all good books do, this one taught me that I didn't know what I don't know. In particular, the idea that in my lifetime there...

    While I wasn't quite a "Clean For Gene" volunteer during high school, I was an avid McCarthy supporter and anti war proponent. I thought I knew most of what went on during the1968 campaign until I read this terrific book with incredible inside info which made my stomach churn (Nixon's ...

    It is a comprehensive review of the 1968 presidential election with a brief introduction of the setting in which the event took place and biographical details of all the major players. There are striking resemblances between the campaigns of White Nationalist George Wallace and the cur...

    this book was simply phenomenal. I was born in 79 and I feel like I just experienced the 1968 elections and events leading up. A great read to end the last and kickoff the new year of reading. Lawrence O'Donnell makes sure to take his shots at the current president throughout, but not ...

    I was one of a small group of anti-war protesters on Long Island who led the fight for Gene McCarthy?s nomination in 1968. O?Donnell captures the enthusiasm, excitement, adrenaline, sadness, pain and frustration of that year. The Dream will Not Die! Even now. ...

    I'm always impressed when a book offers new insights into an era I'm very familiar with. ...

    Loved this book......I learned things I didn't know that happened during this chaotic time ...

    The 1968 Presidential Election is always one that I return to because of "What could have been". 1968 will always be a year of chaos in America, it does not even come close to the interesting first year of the Trump administration. Lawrance O'Donnell gives us a great narrative h...

    The 1968 election is one of our most fascinating and eventful elections and this book is a great telling of the story. I had recently read biographies of Bobby Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey, Nelson Rockefeller and Richard Nixon all of which detailed the campaign and it was also the first ca...

  • John Daly
    Nov 12, 2017

    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...

    The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O?Donnell?s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history. According to O?Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politic...

    I have been staring at this computer screen for half an hour, trying to find the words to explain how I feel. I think I am so unable to find the words because I am struggling with my 18-year-old self. Lawrence O'Donnell has captured so many of the feelings from that incredible year....

    I'd like to begin this review with a question. How do you follow up reading and reviewing the most highly-anticipated book of the year? In my case it was simple to go from one presidential campaign to another. Although the campaign that I chose was not just any campaign it was the gran...

    LOD is one of my best friends. I love his writing and I love him on TV, but the best is when he gets on a jag late at night when we're chatting and just turns world events into a story. This book is the closest I've experienced to that joy being done for the public. I was 13 in 196...

    In my book (The Color of Money), I have a chapter on the 1968 election and as I was writing it, I was thinking "you could write a whole library on this election!" This book is a worthy first volume for that library. I think we are far enough out and every strand of American politics th...

    I was sixteen in 1968, and I remember being a Gene McCarthy supporter in spite of my inability to vote.  I was anti-war, as were most of my friends, I was pro civil rights, and was discovering my conscience slowly but surely.  I also lived in Chicago and have vivid memories of the bl...

    I received my copy through a Goodreads giveaway. I own White's The Making of the President 1968 and An American Melodrama; what else did I need to know about the tragic, tumultuous and eventful election of 1968? With the hindsight of 50 years and the election of 2016-PLENTY! I enjoy th...

    For those wondering about author bias, I would say that he's an MSNBC host, profoundly anti-Vietnam war, and quite possibly a Bernie Bro (this unconfirmed, but I have suspicions). He doesn't like Nixon or Regan, but he doesn't seem to like Humphrey either. He's mixed on the LBJ, Kenned...

    The election of 1968 was a realignment election. It signaled the beginning of the end for the New Deal Coalition that was established with FDR. It was a tumultuous year. Martin Luther King and RFK were assassinated, the Melee at the Democratic convention in Chicago, Tet Offensive, and ...

    "Playing With Fire" is an informative book about the trials and tribulations of the 1968 U.S. presidential election by MSNBC news host Lawrence O'Donnell. I like O'Donnell on TV. I wasn't sure I would feel the same way about him as an author. I did, however. O'Donnell was quite detaile...

    Many recent works have revisited the tumultuous 1968 presidential election, which seeded many of the conflicts and resentments American politics still wrestles with today. Though covering well-trod ground, MSNBC host O'Donnell teases a gripping narrative bristling with fresh, provocati...

    Playing with fire is the best book on 1968 that I've read, Lawrence O'Donnell combines the social and political history of that time into one seamless narrative, The bulk of the book focuses on the campaign season that year highlighted by an almost a minute by minute analysis of each c...

    Eerily relevant. ...

    An exceptional read. Like many other reviewers, I remember that election quite well, but I was young and in college, and thus distracted by life. I had no idea of all that was going on -- as no one could at the time it was all happening. O'Donnell lays it all out, both the events that ...

    I had no particular interest in the 1968 election, but I like Lawrence O'Donnell a lot so I decided to give this a go and it was pretty interesting. I was 5 at the time, so obviously didn't realize what was going on around me. Every time I read a book like this, I think wow - it wa...

    The only reason I read this book is because O'Donnell promised that 1968's presidential election was way more wild and crazy than 2016's. And yeah, maybe I needed to feel a little bit better about that big old gaping wound that still affects my life (and the life of everyone I know) ev...

    Deeply fascinating, and surprisingly relevant to our contemporary political landscape. A lot of familiar names crop up on the periphery of mainstream events, from Roger Ailes, George Romney and Pat Buchanan to Bill Clinton and John Kerry. I wasn't alive in 1968, and previously ...

    Playing with Fire far exceeded my expectations. I grew up close enough to the 1960s that I have never had a burning desire to study the history of the 1960s. As all good books do, this one taught me that I didn't know what I don't know. In particular, the idea that in my lifetime there...

    While I wasn't quite a "Clean For Gene" volunteer during high school, I was an avid McCarthy supporter and anti war proponent. I thought I knew most of what went on during the1968 campaign until I read this terrific book with incredible inside info which made my stomach churn (Nixon's ...

    It is a comprehensive review of the 1968 presidential election with a brief introduction of the setting in which the event took place and biographical details of all the major players. There are striking resemblances between the campaigns of White Nationalist George Wallace and the cur...

    this book was simply phenomenal. I was born in 79 and I feel like I just experienced the 1968 elections and events leading up. A great read to end the last and kickoff the new year of reading. Lawrence O'Donnell makes sure to take his shots at the current president throughout, but not ...

    I was one of a small group of anti-war protesters on Long Island who led the fight for Gene McCarthy?s nomination in 1968. O?Donnell captures the enthusiasm, excitement, adrenaline, sadness, pain and frustration of that year. The Dream will Not Die! Even now. ...

    I'm always impressed when a book offers new insights into an era I'm very familiar with. ...

    Loved this book......I learned things I didn't know that happened during this chaotic time ...

    The 1968 Presidential Election is always one that I return to because of "What could have been". 1968 will always be a year of chaos in America, it does not even come close to the interesting first year of the Trump administration. Lawrance O'Donnell gives us a great narrative h...

  • Barbara
    Nov 09, 2017

    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...

    The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O?Donnell?s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history. According to O?Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politic...

    I have been staring at this computer screen for half an hour, trying to find the words to explain how I feel. I think I am so unable to find the words because I am struggling with my 18-year-old self. Lawrence O'Donnell has captured so many of the feelings from that incredible year....

  • Paul Wilson
    Jan 21, 2018

    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...

    The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O?Donnell?s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history. According to O?Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politic...

    I have been staring at this computer screen for half an hour, trying to find the words to explain how I feel. I think I am so unable to find the words because I am struggling with my 18-year-old self. Lawrence O'Donnell has captured so many of the feelings from that incredible year....

    I'd like to begin this review with a question. How do you follow up reading and reviewing the most highly-anticipated book of the year? In my case it was simple to go from one presidential campaign to another. Although the campaign that I chose was not just any campaign it was the gran...

    LOD is one of my best friends. I love his writing and I love him on TV, but the best is when he gets on a jag late at night when we're chatting and just turns world events into a story. This book is the closest I've experienced to that joy being done for the public. I was 13 in 196...

    In my book (The Color of Money), I have a chapter on the 1968 election and as I was writing it, I was thinking "you could write a whole library on this election!" This book is a worthy first volume for that library. I think we are far enough out and every strand of American politics th...

    I was sixteen in 1968, and I remember being a Gene McCarthy supporter in spite of my inability to vote.  I was anti-war, as were most of my friends, I was pro civil rights, and was discovering my conscience slowly but surely.  I also lived in Chicago and have vivid memories of the bl...

    I received my copy through a Goodreads giveaway. I own White's The Making of the President 1968 and An American Melodrama; what else did I need to know about the tragic, tumultuous and eventful election of 1968? With the hindsight of 50 years and the election of 2016-PLENTY! I enjoy th...

    For those wondering about author bias, I would say that he's an MSNBC host, profoundly anti-Vietnam war, and quite possibly a Bernie Bro (this unconfirmed, but I have suspicions). He doesn't like Nixon or Regan, but he doesn't seem to like Humphrey either. He's mixed on the LBJ, Kenned...

    The election of 1968 was a realignment election. It signaled the beginning of the end for the New Deal Coalition that was established with FDR. It was a tumultuous year. Martin Luther King and RFK were assassinated, the Melee at the Democratic convention in Chicago, Tet Offensive, and ...

    "Playing With Fire" is an informative book about the trials and tribulations of the 1968 U.S. presidential election by MSNBC news host Lawrence O'Donnell. I like O'Donnell on TV. I wasn't sure I would feel the same way about him as an author. I did, however. O'Donnell was quite detaile...

    Many recent works have revisited the tumultuous 1968 presidential election, which seeded many of the conflicts and resentments American politics still wrestles with today. Though covering well-trod ground, MSNBC host O'Donnell teases a gripping narrative bristling with fresh, provocati...

    Playing with fire is the best book on 1968 that I've read, Lawrence O'Donnell combines the social and political history of that time into one seamless narrative, The bulk of the book focuses on the campaign season that year highlighted by an almost a minute by minute analysis of each c...

    Eerily relevant. ...

    An exceptional read. Like many other reviewers, I remember that election quite well, but I was young and in college, and thus distracted by life. I had no idea of all that was going on -- as no one could at the time it was all happening. O'Donnell lays it all out, both the events that ...

    I had no particular interest in the 1968 election, but I like Lawrence O'Donnell a lot so I decided to give this a go and it was pretty interesting. I was 5 at the time, so obviously didn't realize what was going on around me. Every time I read a book like this, I think wow - it wa...

    The only reason I read this book is because O'Donnell promised that 1968's presidential election was way more wild and crazy than 2016's. And yeah, maybe I needed to feel a little bit better about that big old gaping wound that still affects my life (and the life of everyone I know) ev...

    Deeply fascinating, and surprisingly relevant to our contemporary political landscape. A lot of familiar names crop up on the periphery of mainstream events, from Roger Ailes, George Romney and Pat Buchanan to Bill Clinton and John Kerry. I wasn't alive in 1968, and previously ...

    Playing with Fire far exceeded my expectations. I grew up close enough to the 1960s that I have never had a burning desire to study the history of the 1960s. As all good books do, this one taught me that I didn't know what I don't know. In particular, the idea that in my lifetime there...

    While I wasn't quite a "Clean For Gene" volunteer during high school, I was an avid McCarthy supporter and anti war proponent. I thought I knew most of what went on during the1968 campaign until I read this terrific book with incredible inside info which made my stomach churn (Nixon's ...

    It is a comprehensive review of the 1968 presidential election with a brief introduction of the setting in which the event took place and biographical details of all the major players. There are striking resemblances between the campaigns of White Nationalist George Wallace and the cur...

    this book was simply phenomenal. I was born in 79 and I feel like I just experienced the 1968 elections and events leading up. A great read to end the last and kickoff the new year of reading. Lawrence O'Donnell makes sure to take his shots at the current president throughout, but not ...

    I was one of a small group of anti-war protesters on Long Island who led the fight for Gene McCarthy?s nomination in 1968. O?Donnell captures the enthusiasm, excitement, adrenaline, sadness, pain and frustration of that year. The Dream will Not Die! Even now. ...

    I'm always impressed when a book offers new insights into an era I'm very familiar with. ...

  • Kate
    Jan 29, 2018

    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...

    The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O?Donnell?s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history. According to O?Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politic...

    I have been staring at this computer screen for half an hour, trying to find the words to explain how I feel. I think I am so unable to find the words because I am struggling with my 18-year-old self. Lawrence O'Donnell has captured so many of the feelings from that incredible year....

    I'd like to begin this review with a question. How do you follow up reading and reviewing the most highly-anticipated book of the year? In my case it was simple to go from one presidential campaign to another. Although the campaign that I chose was not just any campaign it was the gran...

    LOD is one of my best friends. I love his writing and I love him on TV, but the best is when he gets on a jag late at night when we're chatting and just turns world events into a story. This book is the closest I've experienced to that joy being done for the public. I was 13 in 196...

    In my book (The Color of Money), I have a chapter on the 1968 election and as I was writing it, I was thinking "you could write a whole library on this election!" This book is a worthy first volume for that library. I think we are far enough out and every strand of American politics th...

    I was sixteen in 1968, and I remember being a Gene McCarthy supporter in spite of my inability to vote.  I was anti-war, as were most of my friends, I was pro civil rights, and was discovering my conscience slowly but surely.  I also lived in Chicago and have vivid memories of the bl...

    I received my copy through a Goodreads giveaway. I own White's The Making of the President 1968 and An American Melodrama; what else did I need to know about the tragic, tumultuous and eventful election of 1968? With the hindsight of 50 years and the election of 2016-PLENTY! I enjoy th...

    For those wondering about author bias, I would say that he's an MSNBC host, profoundly anti-Vietnam war, and quite possibly a Bernie Bro (this unconfirmed, but I have suspicions). He doesn't like Nixon or Regan, but he doesn't seem to like Humphrey either. He's mixed on the LBJ, Kenned...

    The election of 1968 was a realignment election. It signaled the beginning of the end for the New Deal Coalition that was established with FDR. It was a tumultuous year. Martin Luther King and RFK were assassinated, the Melee at the Democratic convention in Chicago, Tet Offensive, and ...

    "Playing With Fire" is an informative book about the trials and tribulations of the 1968 U.S. presidential election by MSNBC news host Lawrence O'Donnell. I like O'Donnell on TV. I wasn't sure I would feel the same way about him as an author. I did, however. O'Donnell was quite detaile...

    Many recent works have revisited the tumultuous 1968 presidential election, which seeded many of the conflicts and resentments American politics still wrestles with today. Though covering well-trod ground, MSNBC host O'Donnell teases a gripping narrative bristling with fresh, provocati...

    Playing with fire is the best book on 1968 that I've read, Lawrence O'Donnell combines the social and political history of that time into one seamless narrative, The bulk of the book focuses on the campaign season that year highlighted by an almost a minute by minute analysis of each c...

    Eerily relevant. ...

    An exceptional read. Like many other reviewers, I remember that election quite well, but I was young and in college, and thus distracted by life. I had no idea of all that was going on -- as no one could at the time it was all happening. O'Donnell lays it all out, both the events that ...

    I had no particular interest in the 1968 election, but I like Lawrence O'Donnell a lot so I decided to give this a go and it was pretty interesting. I was 5 at the time, so obviously didn't realize what was going on around me. Every time I read a book like this, I think wow - it wa...

    The only reason I read this book is because O'Donnell promised that 1968's presidential election was way more wild and crazy than 2016's. And yeah, maybe I needed to feel a little bit better about that big old gaping wound that still affects my life (and the life of everyone I know) ev...

    Deeply fascinating, and surprisingly relevant to our contemporary political landscape. A lot of familiar names crop up on the periphery of mainstream events, from Roger Ailes, George Romney and Pat Buchanan to Bill Clinton and John Kerry. I wasn't alive in 1968, and previously ...

    Playing with Fire far exceeded my expectations. I grew up close enough to the 1960s that I have never had a burning desire to study the history of the 1960s. As all good books do, this one taught me that I didn't know what I don't know. In particular, the idea that in my lifetime there...

  • Jason
    Nov 27, 2017

    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...

    The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O?Donnell?s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history. According to O?Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politic...

    I have been staring at this computer screen for half an hour, trying to find the words to explain how I feel. I think I am so unable to find the words because I am struggling with my 18-year-old self. Lawrence O'Donnell has captured so many of the feelings from that incredible year....

    I'd like to begin this review with a question. How do you follow up reading and reviewing the most highly-anticipated book of the year? In my case it was simple to go from one presidential campaign to another. Although the campaign that I chose was not just any campaign it was the gran...

  • Just A. Bean
    Nov 14, 2017

    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...

    The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O?Donnell?s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history. According to O?Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politic...

    I have been staring at this computer screen for half an hour, trying to find the words to explain how I feel. I think I am so unable to find the words because I am struggling with my 18-year-old self. Lawrence O'Donnell has captured so many of the feelings from that incredible year....

    I'd like to begin this review with a question. How do you follow up reading and reviewing the most highly-anticipated book of the year? In my case it was simple to go from one presidential campaign to another. Although the campaign that I chose was not just any campaign it was the gran...

    LOD is one of my best friends. I love his writing and I love him on TV, but the best is when he gets on a jag late at night when we're chatting and just turns world events into a story. This book is the closest I've experienced to that joy being done for the public. I was 13 in 196...

    In my book (The Color of Money), I have a chapter on the 1968 election and as I was writing it, I was thinking "you could write a whole library on this election!" This book is a worthy first volume for that library. I think we are far enough out and every strand of American politics th...

    I was sixteen in 1968, and I remember being a Gene McCarthy supporter in spite of my inability to vote.  I was anti-war, as were most of my friends, I was pro civil rights, and was discovering my conscience slowly but surely.  I also lived in Chicago and have vivid memories of the bl...

    I received my copy through a Goodreads giveaway. I own White's The Making of the President 1968 and An American Melodrama; what else did I need to know about the tragic, tumultuous and eventful election of 1968? With the hindsight of 50 years and the election of 2016-PLENTY! I enjoy th...

    For those wondering about author bias, I would say that he's an MSNBC host, profoundly anti-Vietnam war, and quite possibly a Bernie Bro (this unconfirmed, but I have suspicions). He doesn't like Nixon or Regan, but he doesn't seem to like Humphrey either. He's mixed on the LBJ, Kenned...

  • Kaileigh
    Dec 19, 2017

    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...

    The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O?Donnell?s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history. According to O?Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politic...

    I have been staring at this computer screen for half an hour, trying to find the words to explain how I feel. I think I am so unable to find the words because I am struggling with my 18-year-old self. Lawrence O'Donnell has captured so many of the feelings from that incredible year....

    I'd like to begin this review with a question. How do you follow up reading and reviewing the most highly-anticipated book of the year? In my case it was simple to go from one presidential campaign to another. Although the campaign that I chose was not just any campaign it was the gran...

    LOD is one of my best friends. I love his writing and I love him on TV, but the best is when he gets on a jag late at night when we're chatting and just turns world events into a story. This book is the closest I've experienced to that joy being done for the public. I was 13 in 196...

    In my book (The Color of Money), I have a chapter on the 1968 election and as I was writing it, I was thinking "you could write a whole library on this election!" This book is a worthy first volume for that library. I think we are far enough out and every strand of American politics th...

    I was sixteen in 1968, and I remember being a Gene McCarthy supporter in spite of my inability to vote.  I was anti-war, as were most of my friends, I was pro civil rights, and was discovering my conscience slowly but surely.  I also lived in Chicago and have vivid memories of the bl...

    I received my copy through a Goodreads giveaway. I own White's The Making of the President 1968 and An American Melodrama; what else did I need to know about the tragic, tumultuous and eventful election of 1968? With the hindsight of 50 years and the election of 2016-PLENTY! I enjoy th...

    For those wondering about author bias, I would say that he's an MSNBC host, profoundly anti-Vietnam war, and quite possibly a Bernie Bro (this unconfirmed, but I have suspicions). He doesn't like Nixon or Regan, but he doesn't seem to like Humphrey either. He's mixed on the LBJ, Kenned...

    The election of 1968 was a realignment election. It signaled the beginning of the end for the New Deal Coalition that was established with FDR. It was a tumultuous year. Martin Luther King and RFK were assassinated, the Melee at the Democratic convention in Chicago, Tet Offensive, and ...

    "Playing With Fire" is an informative book about the trials and tribulations of the 1968 U.S. presidential election by MSNBC news host Lawrence O'Donnell. I like O'Donnell on TV. I wasn't sure I would feel the same way about him as an author. I did, however. O'Donnell was quite detaile...

    Many recent works have revisited the tumultuous 1968 presidential election, which seeded many of the conflicts and resentments American politics still wrestles with today. Though covering well-trod ground, MSNBC host O'Donnell teases a gripping narrative bristling with fresh, provocati...

    Playing with fire is the best book on 1968 that I've read, Lawrence O'Donnell combines the social and political history of that time into one seamless narrative, The bulk of the book focuses on the campaign season that year highlighted by an almost a minute by minute analysis of each c...

    Eerily relevant. ...

  • Christopher Saunders
    Nov 15, 2017

    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...

    The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O?Donnell?s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history. According to O?Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politic...

    I have been staring at this computer screen for half an hour, trying to find the words to explain how I feel. I think I am so unable to find the words because I am struggling with my 18-year-old self. Lawrence O'Donnell has captured so many of the feelings from that incredible year....

    I'd like to begin this review with a question. How do you follow up reading and reviewing the most highly-anticipated book of the year? In my case it was simple to go from one presidential campaign to another. Although the campaign that I chose was not just any campaign it was the gran...

    LOD is one of my best friends. I love his writing and I love him on TV, but the best is when he gets on a jag late at night when we're chatting and just turns world events into a story. This book is the closest I've experienced to that joy being done for the public. I was 13 in 196...

    In my book (The Color of Money), I have a chapter on the 1968 election and as I was writing it, I was thinking "you could write a whole library on this election!" This book is a worthy first volume for that library. I think we are far enough out and every strand of American politics th...

    I was sixteen in 1968, and I remember being a Gene McCarthy supporter in spite of my inability to vote.  I was anti-war, as were most of my friends, I was pro civil rights, and was discovering my conscience slowly but surely.  I also lived in Chicago and have vivid memories of the bl...

    I received my copy through a Goodreads giveaway. I own White's The Making of the President 1968 and An American Melodrama; what else did I need to know about the tragic, tumultuous and eventful election of 1968? With the hindsight of 50 years and the election of 2016-PLENTY! I enjoy th...

    For those wondering about author bias, I would say that he's an MSNBC host, profoundly anti-Vietnam war, and quite possibly a Bernie Bro (this unconfirmed, but I have suspicions). He doesn't like Nixon or Regan, but he doesn't seem to like Humphrey either. He's mixed on the LBJ, Kenned...

    The election of 1968 was a realignment election. It signaled the beginning of the end for the New Deal Coalition that was established with FDR. It was a tumultuous year. Martin Luther King and RFK were assassinated, the Melee at the Democratic convention in Chicago, Tet Offensive, and ...

    "Playing With Fire" is an informative book about the trials and tribulations of the 1968 U.S. presidential election by MSNBC news host Lawrence O'Donnell. I like O'Donnell on TV. I wasn't sure I would feel the same way about him as an author. I did, however. O'Donnell was quite detaile...

    Many recent works have revisited the tumultuous 1968 presidential election, which seeded many of the conflicts and resentments American politics still wrestles with today. Though covering well-trod ground, MSNBC host O'Donnell teases a gripping narrative bristling with fresh, provocati...

  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Jan 03, 2018

    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...

    The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O?Donnell?s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history. According to O?Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politic...

    I have been staring at this computer screen for half an hour, trying to find the words to explain how I feel. I think I am so unable to find the words because I am struggling with my 18-year-old self. Lawrence O'Donnell has captured so many of the feelings from that incredible year....

    I'd like to begin this review with a question. How do you follow up reading and reviewing the most highly-anticipated book of the year? In my case it was simple to go from one presidential campaign to another. Although the campaign that I chose was not just any campaign it was the gran...

    LOD is one of my best friends. I love his writing and I love him on TV, but the best is when he gets on a jag late at night when we're chatting and just turns world events into a story. This book is the closest I've experienced to that joy being done for the public. I was 13 in 196...

    In my book (The Color of Money), I have a chapter on the 1968 election and as I was writing it, I was thinking "you could write a whole library on this election!" This book is a worthy first volume for that library. I think we are far enough out and every strand of American politics th...

    I was sixteen in 1968, and I remember being a Gene McCarthy supporter in spite of my inability to vote.  I was anti-war, as were most of my friends, I was pro civil rights, and was discovering my conscience slowly but surely.  I also lived in Chicago and have vivid memories of the bl...

    I received my copy through a Goodreads giveaway. I own White's The Making of the President 1968 and An American Melodrama; what else did I need to know about the tragic, tumultuous and eventful election of 1968? With the hindsight of 50 years and the election of 2016-PLENTY! I enjoy th...

    For those wondering about author bias, I would say that he's an MSNBC host, profoundly anti-Vietnam war, and quite possibly a Bernie Bro (this unconfirmed, but I have suspicions). He doesn't like Nixon or Regan, but he doesn't seem to like Humphrey either. He's mixed on the LBJ, Kenned...

    The election of 1968 was a realignment election. It signaled the beginning of the end for the New Deal Coalition that was established with FDR. It was a tumultuous year. Martin Luther King and RFK were assassinated, the Melee at the Democratic convention in Chicago, Tet Offensive, and ...

  • Steven Z.
    Nov 16, 2017

    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...

    The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O?Donnell?s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history. According to O?Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politic...

  • Christine B.
    Dec 04, 2017

    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...

    The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O?Donnell?s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history. According to O?Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politic...

    I have been staring at this computer screen for half an hour, trying to find the words to explain how I feel. I think I am so unable to find the words because I am struggling with my 18-year-old self. Lawrence O'Donnell has captured so many of the feelings from that incredible year....

    I'd like to begin this review with a question. How do you follow up reading and reviewing the most highly-anticipated book of the year? In my case it was simple to go from one presidential campaign to another. Although the campaign that I chose was not just any campaign it was the gran...

    LOD is one of my best friends. I love his writing and I love him on TV, but the best is when he gets on a jag late at night when we're chatting and just turns world events into a story. This book is the closest I've experienced to that joy being done for the public. I was 13 in 196...

    In my book (The Color of Money), I have a chapter on the 1968 election and as I was writing it, I was thinking "you could write a whole library on this election!" This book is a worthy first volume for that library. I think we are far enough out and every strand of American politics th...

    I was sixteen in 1968, and I remember being a Gene McCarthy supporter in spite of my inability to vote.  I was anti-war, as were most of my friends, I was pro civil rights, and was discovering my conscience slowly but surely.  I also lived in Chicago and have vivid memories of the bl...

    I received my copy through a Goodreads giveaway. I own White's The Making of the President 1968 and An American Melodrama; what else did I need to know about the tragic, tumultuous and eventful election of 1968? With the hindsight of 50 years and the election of 2016-PLENTY! I enjoy th...

    For those wondering about author bias, I would say that he's an MSNBC host, profoundly anti-Vietnam war, and quite possibly a Bernie Bro (this unconfirmed, but I have suspicions). He doesn't like Nixon or Regan, but he doesn't seem to like Humphrey either. He's mixed on the LBJ, Kenned...

    The election of 1968 was a realignment election. It signaled the beginning of the end for the New Deal Coalition that was established with FDR. It was a tumultuous year. Martin Luther King and RFK were assassinated, the Melee at the Democratic convention in Chicago, Tet Offensive, and ...

    "Playing With Fire" is an informative book about the trials and tribulations of the 1968 U.S. presidential election by MSNBC news host Lawrence O'Donnell. I like O'Donnell on TV. I wasn't sure I would feel the same way about him as an author. I did, however. O'Donnell was quite detaile...

    Many recent works have revisited the tumultuous 1968 presidential election, which seeded many of the conflicts and resentments American politics still wrestles with today. Though covering well-trod ground, MSNBC host O'Donnell teases a gripping narrative bristling with fresh, provocati...

    Playing with fire is the best book on 1968 that I've read, Lawrence O'Donnell combines the social and political history of that time into one seamless narrative, The bulk of the book focuses on the campaign season that year highlighted by an almost a minute by minute analysis of each c...

    Eerily relevant. ...

    An exceptional read. Like many other reviewers, I remember that election quite well, but I was young and in college, and thus distracted by life. I had no idea of all that was going on -- as no one could at the time it was all happening. O'Donnell lays it all out, both the events that ...

    I had no particular interest in the 1968 election, but I like Lawrence O'Donnell a lot so I decided to give this a go and it was pretty interesting. I was 5 at the time, so obviously didn't realize what was going on around me. Every time I read a book like this, I think wow - it wa...

    The only reason I read this book is because O'Donnell promised that 1968's presidential election was way more wild and crazy than 2016's. And yeah, maybe I needed to feel a little bit better about that big old gaping wound that still affects my life (and the life of everyone I know) ev...

    Deeply fascinating, and surprisingly relevant to our contemporary political landscape. A lot of familiar names crop up on the periphery of mainstream events, from Roger Ailes, George Romney and Pat Buchanan to Bill Clinton and John Kerry. I wasn't alive in 1968, and previously ...

    Playing with Fire far exceeded my expectations. I grew up close enough to the 1960s that I have never had a burning desire to study the history of the 1960s. As all good books do, this one taught me that I didn't know what I don't know. In particular, the idea that in my lifetime there...

    While I wasn't quite a "Clean For Gene" volunteer during high school, I was an avid McCarthy supporter and anti war proponent. I thought I knew most of what went on during the1968 campaign until I read this terrific book with incredible inside info which made my stomach churn (Nixon's ...

    It is a comprehensive review of the 1968 presidential election with a brief introduction of the setting in which the event took place and biographical details of all the major players. There are striking resemblances between the campaigns of White Nationalist George Wallace and the cur...

    this book was simply phenomenal. I was born in 79 and I feel like I just experienced the 1968 elections and events leading up. A great read to end the last and kickoff the new year of reading. Lawrence O'Donnell makes sure to take his shots at the current president throughout, but not ...

    I was one of a small group of anti-war protesters on Long Island who led the fight for Gene McCarthy?s nomination in 1968. O?Donnell captures the enthusiasm, excitement, adrenaline, sadness, pain and frustration of that year. The Dream will Not Die! Even now. ...

    I'm always impressed when a book offers new insights into an era I'm very familiar with. ...

    Loved this book......I learned things I didn't know that happened during this chaotic time ...

    The 1968 Presidential Election is always one that I return to because of "What could have been". 1968 will always be a year of chaos in America, it does not even come close to the interesting first year of the Trump administration. Lawrance O'Donnell gives us a great narrative h...

    The 1968 election is one of our most fascinating and eventful elections and this book is a great telling of the story. I had recently read biographies of Bobby Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey, Nelson Rockefeller and Richard Nixon all of which detailed the campaign and it was also the first ca...

    I liked the book, although the first 1/3 was a bit more background than I really needed. Mainly, I was struck by how totally fucked up this election was. Okay -- to make sure that I remember this, I'm including some notes. The election of 1968 was dominated by conflicts over two...

  • Nicole D.
    Dec 02, 2017

    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...

    The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O?Donnell?s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history. According to O?Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politic...

    I have been staring at this computer screen for half an hour, trying to find the words to explain how I feel. I think I am so unable to find the words because I am struggling with my 18-year-old self. Lawrence O'Donnell has captured so many of the feelings from that incredible year....

    I'd like to begin this review with a question. How do you follow up reading and reviewing the most highly-anticipated book of the year? In my case it was simple to go from one presidential campaign to another. Although the campaign that I chose was not just any campaign it was the gran...

    LOD is one of my best friends. I love his writing and I love him on TV, but the best is when he gets on a jag late at night when we're chatting and just turns world events into a story. This book is the closest I've experienced to that joy being done for the public. I was 13 in 196...

    In my book (The Color of Money), I have a chapter on the 1968 election and as I was writing it, I was thinking "you could write a whole library on this election!" This book is a worthy first volume for that library. I think we are far enough out and every strand of American politics th...

    I was sixteen in 1968, and I remember being a Gene McCarthy supporter in spite of my inability to vote.  I was anti-war, as were most of my friends, I was pro civil rights, and was discovering my conscience slowly but surely.  I also lived in Chicago and have vivid memories of the bl...

    I received my copy through a Goodreads giveaway. I own White's The Making of the President 1968 and An American Melodrama; what else did I need to know about the tragic, tumultuous and eventful election of 1968? With the hindsight of 50 years and the election of 2016-PLENTY! I enjoy th...

    For those wondering about author bias, I would say that he's an MSNBC host, profoundly anti-Vietnam war, and quite possibly a Bernie Bro (this unconfirmed, but I have suspicions). He doesn't like Nixon or Regan, but he doesn't seem to like Humphrey either. He's mixed on the LBJ, Kenned...

    The election of 1968 was a realignment election. It signaled the beginning of the end for the New Deal Coalition that was established with FDR. It was a tumultuous year. Martin Luther King and RFK were assassinated, the Melee at the Democratic convention in Chicago, Tet Offensive, and ...

    "Playing With Fire" is an informative book about the trials and tribulations of the 1968 U.S. presidential election by MSNBC news host Lawrence O'Donnell. I like O'Donnell on TV. I wasn't sure I would feel the same way about him as an author. I did, however. O'Donnell was quite detaile...

    Many recent works have revisited the tumultuous 1968 presidential election, which seeded many of the conflicts and resentments American politics still wrestles with today. Though covering well-trod ground, MSNBC host O'Donnell teases a gripping narrative bristling with fresh, provocati...

    Playing with fire is the best book on 1968 that I've read, Lawrence O'Donnell combines the social and political history of that time into one seamless narrative, The bulk of the book focuses on the campaign season that year highlighted by an almost a minute by minute analysis of each c...

    Eerily relevant. ...

    An exceptional read. Like many other reviewers, I remember that election quite well, but I was young and in college, and thus distracted by life. I had no idea of all that was going on -- as no one could at the time it was all happening. O'Donnell lays it all out, both the events that ...

    I had no particular interest in the 1968 election, but I like Lawrence O'Donnell a lot so I decided to give this a go and it was pretty interesting. I was 5 at the time, so obviously didn't realize what was going on around me. Every time I read a book like this, I think wow - it wa...

  • Martin
    Jan 01, 2018

    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...

    The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O?Donnell?s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history. According to O?Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politic...

    I have been staring at this computer screen for half an hour, trying to find the words to explain how I feel. I think I am so unable to find the words because I am struggling with my 18-year-old self. Lawrence O'Donnell has captured so many of the feelings from that incredible year....

    I'd like to begin this review with a question. How do you follow up reading and reviewing the most highly-anticipated book of the year? In my case it was simple to go from one presidential campaign to another. Although the campaign that I chose was not just any campaign it was the gran...

    LOD is one of my best friends. I love his writing and I love him on TV, but the best is when he gets on a jag late at night when we're chatting and just turns world events into a story. This book is the closest I've experienced to that joy being done for the public. I was 13 in 196...

    In my book (The Color of Money), I have a chapter on the 1968 election and as I was writing it, I was thinking "you could write a whole library on this election!" This book is a worthy first volume for that library. I think we are far enough out and every strand of American politics th...

    I was sixteen in 1968, and I remember being a Gene McCarthy supporter in spite of my inability to vote.  I was anti-war, as were most of my friends, I was pro civil rights, and was discovering my conscience slowly but surely.  I also lived in Chicago and have vivid memories of the bl...

    I received my copy through a Goodreads giveaway. I own White's The Making of the President 1968 and An American Melodrama; what else did I need to know about the tragic, tumultuous and eventful election of 1968? With the hindsight of 50 years and the election of 2016-PLENTY! I enjoy th...

    For those wondering about author bias, I would say that he's an MSNBC host, profoundly anti-Vietnam war, and quite possibly a Bernie Bro (this unconfirmed, but I have suspicions). He doesn't like Nixon or Regan, but he doesn't seem to like Humphrey either. He's mixed on the LBJ, Kenned...

    The election of 1968 was a realignment election. It signaled the beginning of the end for the New Deal Coalition that was established with FDR. It was a tumultuous year. Martin Luther King and RFK were assassinated, the Melee at the Democratic convention in Chicago, Tet Offensive, and ...

    "Playing With Fire" is an informative book about the trials and tribulations of the 1968 U.S. presidential election by MSNBC news host Lawrence O'Donnell. I like O'Donnell on TV. I wasn't sure I would feel the same way about him as an author. I did, however. O'Donnell was quite detaile...

    Many recent works have revisited the tumultuous 1968 presidential election, which seeded many of the conflicts and resentments American politics still wrestles with today. Though covering well-trod ground, MSNBC host O'Donnell teases a gripping narrative bristling with fresh, provocati...

    Playing with fire is the best book on 1968 that I've read, Lawrence O'Donnell combines the social and political history of that time into one seamless narrative, The bulk of the book focuses on the campaign season that year highlighted by an almost a minute by minute analysis of each c...

    Eerily relevant. ...

    An exceptional read. Like many other reviewers, I remember that election quite well, but I was young and in college, and thus distracted by life. I had no idea of all that was going on -- as no one could at the time it was all happening. O'Donnell lays it all out, both the events that ...

    I had no particular interest in the 1968 election, but I like Lawrence O'Donnell a lot so I decided to give this a go and it was pretty interesting. I was 5 at the time, so obviously didn't realize what was going on around me. Every time I read a book like this, I think wow - it wa...

    The only reason I read this book is because O'Donnell promised that 1968's presidential election was way more wild and crazy than 2016's. And yeah, maybe I needed to feel a little bit better about that big old gaping wound that still affects my life (and the life of everyone I know) ev...

    Deeply fascinating, and surprisingly relevant to our contemporary political landscape. A lot of familiar names crop up on the periphery of mainstream events, from Roger Ailes, George Romney and Pat Buchanan to Bill Clinton and John Kerry. I wasn't alive in 1968, and previously ...

    Playing with Fire far exceeded my expectations. I grew up close enough to the 1960s that I have never had a burning desire to study the history of the 1960s. As all good books do, this one taught me that I didn't know what I don't know. In particular, the idea that in my lifetime there...

    While I wasn't quite a "Clean For Gene" volunteer during high school, I was an avid McCarthy supporter and anti war proponent. I thought I knew most of what went on during the1968 campaign until I read this terrific book with incredible inside info which made my stomach churn (Nixon's ...

  • Mike Billington
    Feb 09, 2018

    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...

    The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O?Donnell?s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history. According to O?Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politic...

    I have been staring at this computer screen for half an hour, trying to find the words to explain how I feel. I think I am so unable to find the words because I am struggling with my 18-year-old self. Lawrence O'Donnell has captured so many of the feelings from that incredible year....

    I'd like to begin this review with a question. How do you follow up reading and reviewing the most highly-anticipated book of the year? In my case it was simple to go from one presidential campaign to another. Although the campaign that I chose was not just any campaign it was the gran...

    LOD is one of my best friends. I love his writing and I love him on TV, but the best is when he gets on a jag late at night when we're chatting and just turns world events into a story. This book is the closest I've experienced to that joy being done for the public. I was 13 in 196...

    In my book (The Color of Money), I have a chapter on the 1968 election and as I was writing it, I was thinking "you could write a whole library on this election!" This book is a worthy first volume for that library. I think we are far enough out and every strand of American politics th...

    I was sixteen in 1968, and I remember being a Gene McCarthy supporter in spite of my inability to vote.  I was anti-war, as were most of my friends, I was pro civil rights, and was discovering my conscience slowly but surely.  I also lived in Chicago and have vivid memories of the bl...

    I received my copy through a Goodreads giveaway. I own White's The Making of the President 1968 and An American Melodrama; what else did I need to know about the tragic, tumultuous and eventful election of 1968? With the hindsight of 50 years and the election of 2016-PLENTY! I enjoy th...

    For those wondering about author bias, I would say that he's an MSNBC host, profoundly anti-Vietnam war, and quite possibly a Bernie Bro (this unconfirmed, but I have suspicions). He doesn't like Nixon or Regan, but he doesn't seem to like Humphrey either. He's mixed on the LBJ, Kenned...

    The election of 1968 was a realignment election. It signaled the beginning of the end for the New Deal Coalition that was established with FDR. It was a tumultuous year. Martin Luther King and RFK were assassinated, the Melee at the Democratic convention in Chicago, Tet Offensive, and ...

    "Playing With Fire" is an informative book about the trials and tribulations of the 1968 U.S. presidential election by MSNBC news host Lawrence O'Donnell. I like O'Donnell on TV. I wasn't sure I would feel the same way about him as an author. I did, however. O'Donnell was quite detaile...

    Many recent works have revisited the tumultuous 1968 presidential election, which seeded many of the conflicts and resentments American politics still wrestles with today. Though covering well-trod ground, MSNBC host O'Donnell teases a gripping narrative bristling with fresh, provocati...

    Playing with fire is the best book on 1968 that I've read, Lawrence O'Donnell combines the social and political history of that time into one seamless narrative, The bulk of the book focuses on the campaign season that year highlighted by an almost a minute by minute analysis of each c...

    Eerily relevant. ...

    An exceptional read. Like many other reviewers, I remember that election quite well, but I was young and in college, and thus distracted by life. I had no idea of all that was going on -- as no one could at the time it was all happening. O'Donnell lays it all out, both the events that ...

    I had no particular interest in the 1968 election, but I like Lawrence O'Donnell a lot so I decided to give this a go and it was pretty interesting. I was 5 at the time, so obviously didn't realize what was going on around me. Every time I read a book like this, I think wow - it wa...

    The only reason I read this book is because O'Donnell promised that 1968's presidential election was way more wild and crazy than 2016's. And yeah, maybe I needed to feel a little bit better about that big old gaping wound that still affects my life (and the life of everyone I know) ev...

    Deeply fascinating, and surprisingly relevant to our contemporary political landscape. A lot of familiar names crop up on the periphery of mainstream events, from Roger Ailes, George Romney and Pat Buchanan to Bill Clinton and John Kerry. I wasn't alive in 1968, and previously ...

    Playing with Fire far exceeded my expectations. I grew up close enough to the 1960s that I have never had a burning desire to study the history of the 1960s. As all good books do, this one taught me that I didn't know what I don't know. In particular, the idea that in my lifetime there...

    While I wasn't quite a "Clean For Gene" volunteer during high school, I was an avid McCarthy supporter and anti war proponent. I thought I knew most of what went on during the1968 campaign until I read this terrific book with incredible inside info which made my stomach churn (Nixon's ...

    It is a comprehensive review of the 1968 presidential election with a brief introduction of the setting in which the event took place and biographical details of all the major players. There are striking resemblances between the campaigns of White Nationalist George Wallace and the cur...

    this book was simply phenomenal. I was born in 79 and I feel like I just experienced the 1968 elections and events leading up. A great read to end the last and kickoff the new year of reading. Lawrence O'Donnell makes sure to take his shots at the current president throughout, but not ...

    I was one of a small group of anti-war protesters on Long Island who led the fight for Gene McCarthy?s nomination in 1968. O?Donnell captures the enthusiasm, excitement, adrenaline, sadness, pain and frustration of that year. The Dream will Not Die! Even now. ...

    I'm always impressed when a book offers new insights into an era I'm very familiar with. ...

    Loved this book......I learned things I didn't know that happened during this chaotic time ...

    The 1968 Presidential Election is always one that I return to because of "What could have been". 1968 will always be a year of chaos in America, it does not even come close to the interesting first year of the Trump administration. Lawrance O'Donnell gives us a great narrative h...

    The 1968 election is one of our most fascinating and eventful elections and this book is a great telling of the story. I had recently read biographies of Bobby Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey, Nelson Rockefeller and Richard Nixon all of which detailed the campaign and it was also the first ca...

    I liked the book, although the first 1/3 was a bit more background than I really needed. Mainly, I was struck by how totally fucked up this election was. Okay -- to make sure that I remember this, I'm including some notes. The election of 1968 was dominated by conflicts over two...

    I was twelve-and-a-half years old during the 1968 presidential campaign (I turned thirteen a month after the election), and while I wasn't totally aware of the candidates and their stances on issues, the two biggest?the war in Vietnam and racial tensions?were on the nightly news al...

    It was the year that the Republican Party turned hard right and, for reasons that are still pretty unclear to me, so did the rest of the country. It's true that we've had Democratic Presidents since Richard Nixon took the White House in 1968 but - despite the fact there are far less r...

  • Julia Shaw
    Nov 29, 2017

    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...

    The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O?Donnell?s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history. According to O?Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politic...

    I have been staring at this computer screen for half an hour, trying to find the words to explain how I feel. I think I am so unable to find the words because I am struggling with my 18-year-old self. Lawrence O'Donnell has captured so many of the feelings from that incredible year....

    I'd like to begin this review with a question. How do you follow up reading and reviewing the most highly-anticipated book of the year? In my case it was simple to go from one presidential campaign to another. Although the campaign that I chose was not just any campaign it was the gran...

    LOD is one of my best friends. I love his writing and I love him on TV, but the best is when he gets on a jag late at night when we're chatting and just turns world events into a story. This book is the closest I've experienced to that joy being done for the public. I was 13 in 196...

    In my book (The Color of Money), I have a chapter on the 1968 election and as I was writing it, I was thinking "you could write a whole library on this election!" This book is a worthy first volume for that library. I think we are far enough out and every strand of American politics th...

    I was sixteen in 1968, and I remember being a Gene McCarthy supporter in spite of my inability to vote.  I was anti-war, as were most of my friends, I was pro civil rights, and was discovering my conscience slowly but surely.  I also lived in Chicago and have vivid memories of the bl...

    I received my copy through a Goodreads giveaway. I own White's The Making of the President 1968 and An American Melodrama; what else did I need to know about the tragic, tumultuous and eventful election of 1968? With the hindsight of 50 years and the election of 2016-PLENTY! I enjoy th...

    For those wondering about author bias, I would say that he's an MSNBC host, profoundly anti-Vietnam war, and quite possibly a Bernie Bro (this unconfirmed, but I have suspicions). He doesn't like Nixon or Regan, but he doesn't seem to like Humphrey either. He's mixed on the LBJ, Kenned...

    The election of 1968 was a realignment election. It signaled the beginning of the end for the New Deal Coalition that was established with FDR. It was a tumultuous year. Martin Luther King and RFK were assassinated, the Melee at the Democratic convention in Chicago, Tet Offensive, and ...

    "Playing With Fire" is an informative book about the trials and tribulations of the 1968 U.S. presidential election by MSNBC news host Lawrence O'Donnell. I like O'Donnell on TV. I wasn't sure I would feel the same way about him as an author. I did, however. O'Donnell was quite detaile...

    Many recent works have revisited the tumultuous 1968 presidential election, which seeded many of the conflicts and resentments American politics still wrestles with today. Though covering well-trod ground, MSNBC host O'Donnell teases a gripping narrative bristling with fresh, provocati...

    Playing with fire is the best book on 1968 that I've read, Lawrence O'Donnell combines the social and political history of that time into one seamless narrative, The bulk of the book focuses on the campaign season that year highlighted by an almost a minute by minute analysis of each c...

    Eerily relevant. ...

    An exceptional read. Like many other reviewers, I remember that election quite well, but I was young and in college, and thus distracted by life. I had no idea of all that was going on -- as no one could at the time it was all happening. O'Donnell lays it all out, both the events that ...

    I had no particular interest in the 1968 election, but I like Lawrence O'Donnell a lot so I decided to give this a go and it was pretty interesting. I was 5 at the time, so obviously didn't realize what was going on around me. Every time I read a book like this, I think wow - it wa...

    The only reason I read this book is because O'Donnell promised that 1968's presidential election was way more wild and crazy than 2016's. And yeah, maybe I needed to feel a little bit better about that big old gaping wound that still affects my life (and the life of everyone I know) ev...

    Deeply fascinating, and surprisingly relevant to our contemporary political landscape. A lot of familiar names crop up on the periphery of mainstream events, from Roger Ailes, George Romney and Pat Buchanan to Bill Clinton and John Kerry. I wasn't alive in 1968, and previously ...

  • Erin
    Nov 28, 2017

    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...

  • Matt Smith
    Feb 03, 2018

    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...

    The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O?Donnell?s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history. According to O?Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politic...

    I have been staring at this computer screen for half an hour, trying to find the words to explain how I feel. I think I am so unable to find the words because I am struggling with my 18-year-old self. Lawrence O'Donnell has captured so many of the feelings from that incredible year....

    I'd like to begin this review with a question. How do you follow up reading and reviewing the most highly-anticipated book of the year? In my case it was simple to go from one presidential campaign to another. Although the campaign that I chose was not just any campaign it was the gran...

    LOD is one of my best friends. I love his writing and I love him on TV, but the best is when he gets on a jag late at night when we're chatting and just turns world events into a story. This book is the closest I've experienced to that joy being done for the public. I was 13 in 196...

    In my book (The Color of Money), I have a chapter on the 1968 election and as I was writing it, I was thinking "you could write a whole library on this election!" This book is a worthy first volume for that library. I think we are far enough out and every strand of American politics th...

    I was sixteen in 1968, and I remember being a Gene McCarthy supporter in spite of my inability to vote.  I was anti-war, as were most of my friends, I was pro civil rights, and was discovering my conscience slowly but surely.  I also lived in Chicago and have vivid memories of the bl...

    I received my copy through a Goodreads giveaway. I own White's The Making of the President 1968 and An American Melodrama; what else did I need to know about the tragic, tumultuous and eventful election of 1968? With the hindsight of 50 years and the election of 2016-PLENTY! I enjoy th...

    For those wondering about author bias, I would say that he's an MSNBC host, profoundly anti-Vietnam war, and quite possibly a Bernie Bro (this unconfirmed, but I have suspicions). He doesn't like Nixon or Regan, but he doesn't seem to like Humphrey either. He's mixed on the LBJ, Kenned...

    The election of 1968 was a realignment election. It signaled the beginning of the end for the New Deal Coalition that was established with FDR. It was a tumultuous year. Martin Luther King and RFK were assassinated, the Melee at the Democratic convention in Chicago, Tet Offensive, and ...

    "Playing With Fire" is an informative book about the trials and tribulations of the 1968 U.S. presidential election by MSNBC news host Lawrence O'Donnell. I like O'Donnell on TV. I wasn't sure I would feel the same way about him as an author. I did, however. O'Donnell was quite detaile...

    Many recent works have revisited the tumultuous 1968 presidential election, which seeded many of the conflicts and resentments American politics still wrestles with today. Though covering well-trod ground, MSNBC host O'Donnell teases a gripping narrative bristling with fresh, provocati...

    Playing with fire is the best book on 1968 that I've read, Lawrence O'Donnell combines the social and political history of that time into one seamless narrative, The bulk of the book focuses on the campaign season that year highlighted by an almost a minute by minute analysis of each c...

    Eerily relevant. ...

    An exceptional read. Like many other reviewers, I remember that election quite well, but I was young and in college, and thus distracted by life. I had no idea of all that was going on -- as no one could at the time it was all happening. O'Donnell lays it all out, both the events that ...

    I had no particular interest in the 1968 election, but I like Lawrence O'Donnell a lot so I decided to give this a go and it was pretty interesting. I was 5 at the time, so obviously didn't realize what was going on around me. Every time I read a book like this, I think wow - it wa...

    The only reason I read this book is because O'Donnell promised that 1968's presidential election was way more wild and crazy than 2016's. And yeah, maybe I needed to feel a little bit better about that big old gaping wound that still affects my life (and the life of everyone I know) ev...

  • Bruce Katz
    Feb 02, 2018

    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...

    The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O?Donnell?s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history. According to O?Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politic...

    I have been staring at this computer screen for half an hour, trying to find the words to explain how I feel. I think I am so unable to find the words because I am struggling with my 18-year-old self. Lawrence O'Donnell has captured so many of the feelings from that incredible year....

    I'd like to begin this review with a question. How do you follow up reading and reviewing the most highly-anticipated book of the year? In my case it was simple to go from one presidential campaign to another. Although the campaign that I chose was not just any campaign it was the gran...

    LOD is one of my best friends. I love his writing and I love him on TV, but the best is when he gets on a jag late at night when we're chatting and just turns world events into a story. This book is the closest I've experienced to that joy being done for the public. I was 13 in 196...

    In my book (The Color of Money), I have a chapter on the 1968 election and as I was writing it, I was thinking "you could write a whole library on this election!" This book is a worthy first volume for that library. I think we are far enough out and every strand of American politics th...

    I was sixteen in 1968, and I remember being a Gene McCarthy supporter in spite of my inability to vote.  I was anti-war, as were most of my friends, I was pro civil rights, and was discovering my conscience slowly but surely.  I also lived in Chicago and have vivid memories of the bl...

    I received my copy through a Goodreads giveaway. I own White's The Making of the President 1968 and An American Melodrama; what else did I need to know about the tragic, tumultuous and eventful election of 1968? With the hindsight of 50 years and the election of 2016-PLENTY! I enjoy th...

    For those wondering about author bias, I would say that he's an MSNBC host, profoundly anti-Vietnam war, and quite possibly a Bernie Bro (this unconfirmed, but I have suspicions). He doesn't like Nixon or Regan, but he doesn't seem to like Humphrey either. He's mixed on the LBJ, Kenned...

    The election of 1968 was a realignment election. It signaled the beginning of the end for the New Deal Coalition that was established with FDR. It was a tumultuous year. Martin Luther King and RFK were assassinated, the Melee at the Democratic convention in Chicago, Tet Offensive, and ...

    "Playing With Fire" is an informative book about the trials and tribulations of the 1968 U.S. presidential election by MSNBC news host Lawrence O'Donnell. I like O'Donnell on TV. I wasn't sure I would feel the same way about him as an author. I did, however. O'Donnell was quite detaile...

    Many recent works have revisited the tumultuous 1968 presidential election, which seeded many of the conflicts and resentments American politics still wrestles with today. Though covering well-trod ground, MSNBC host O'Donnell teases a gripping narrative bristling with fresh, provocati...

    Playing with fire is the best book on 1968 that I've read, Lawrence O'Donnell combines the social and political history of that time into one seamless narrative, The bulk of the book focuses on the campaign season that year highlighted by an almost a minute by minute analysis of each c...

    Eerily relevant. ...

    An exceptional read. Like many other reviewers, I remember that election quite well, but I was young and in college, and thus distracted by life. I had no idea of all that was going on -- as no one could at the time it was all happening. O'Donnell lays it all out, both the events that ...

  • Joseph J.
    Oct 30, 2017

    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...

    The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O?Donnell?s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history. According to O?Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politic...

    I have been staring at this computer screen for half an hour, trying to find the words to explain how I feel. I think I am so unable to find the words because I am struggling with my 18-year-old self. Lawrence O'Donnell has captured so many of the feelings from that incredible year....

    I'd like to begin this review with a question. How do you follow up reading and reviewing the most highly-anticipated book of the year? In my case it was simple to go from one presidential campaign to another. Although the campaign that I chose was not just any campaign it was the gran...

    LOD is one of my best friends. I love his writing and I love him on TV, but the best is when he gets on a jag late at night when we're chatting and just turns world events into a story. This book is the closest I've experienced to that joy being done for the public. I was 13 in 196...

    In my book (The Color of Money), I have a chapter on the 1968 election and as I was writing it, I was thinking "you could write a whole library on this election!" This book is a worthy first volume for that library. I think we are far enough out and every strand of American politics th...

    I was sixteen in 1968, and I remember being a Gene McCarthy supporter in spite of my inability to vote.  I was anti-war, as were most of my friends, I was pro civil rights, and was discovering my conscience slowly but surely.  I also lived in Chicago and have vivid memories of the bl...

    I received my copy through a Goodreads giveaway. I own White's The Making of the President 1968 and An American Melodrama; what else did I need to know about the tragic, tumultuous and eventful election of 1968? With the hindsight of 50 years and the election of 2016-PLENTY! I enjoy th...

  • David Longo
    Dec 17, 2017

    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...

    The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O?Donnell?s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history. According to O?Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politic...

    I have been staring at this computer screen for half an hour, trying to find the words to explain how I feel. I think I am so unable to find the words because I am struggling with my 18-year-old self. Lawrence O'Donnell has captured so many of the feelings from that incredible year....

    I'd like to begin this review with a question. How do you follow up reading and reviewing the most highly-anticipated book of the year? In my case it was simple to go from one presidential campaign to another. Although the campaign that I chose was not just any campaign it was the gran...

    LOD is one of my best friends. I love his writing and I love him on TV, but the best is when he gets on a jag late at night when we're chatting and just turns world events into a story. This book is the closest I've experienced to that joy being done for the public. I was 13 in 196...

    In my book (The Color of Money), I have a chapter on the 1968 election and as I was writing it, I was thinking "you could write a whole library on this election!" This book is a worthy first volume for that library. I think we are far enough out and every strand of American politics th...

    I was sixteen in 1968, and I remember being a Gene McCarthy supporter in spite of my inability to vote.  I was anti-war, as were most of my friends, I was pro civil rights, and was discovering my conscience slowly but surely.  I also lived in Chicago and have vivid memories of the bl...

    I received my copy through a Goodreads giveaway. I own White's The Making of the President 1968 and An American Melodrama; what else did I need to know about the tragic, tumultuous and eventful election of 1968? With the hindsight of 50 years and the election of 2016-PLENTY! I enjoy th...

    For those wondering about author bias, I would say that he's an MSNBC host, profoundly anti-Vietnam war, and quite possibly a Bernie Bro (this unconfirmed, but I have suspicions). He doesn't like Nixon or Regan, but he doesn't seem to like Humphrey either. He's mixed on the LBJ, Kenned...

    The election of 1968 was a realignment election. It signaled the beginning of the end for the New Deal Coalition that was established with FDR. It was a tumultuous year. Martin Luther King and RFK were assassinated, the Melee at the Democratic convention in Chicago, Tet Offensive, and ...

    "Playing With Fire" is an informative book about the trials and tribulations of the 1968 U.S. presidential election by MSNBC news host Lawrence O'Donnell. I like O'Donnell on TV. I wasn't sure I would feel the same way about him as an author. I did, however. O'Donnell was quite detaile...

  • Bill Warren
    Jan 04, 2018

    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...

    The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O?Donnell?s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history. According to O?Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politic...

    I have been staring at this computer screen for half an hour, trying to find the words to explain how I feel. I think I am so unable to find the words because I am struggling with my 18-year-old self. Lawrence O'Donnell has captured so many of the feelings from that incredible year....

    I'd like to begin this review with a question. How do you follow up reading and reviewing the most highly-anticipated book of the year? In my case it was simple to go from one presidential campaign to another. Although the campaign that I chose was not just any campaign it was the gran...

    LOD is one of my best friends. I love his writing and I love him on TV, but the best is when he gets on a jag late at night when we're chatting and just turns world events into a story. This book is the closest I've experienced to that joy being done for the public. I was 13 in 196...

    In my book (The Color of Money), I have a chapter on the 1968 election and as I was writing it, I was thinking "you could write a whole library on this election!" This book is a worthy first volume for that library. I think we are far enough out and every strand of American politics th...

    I was sixteen in 1968, and I remember being a Gene McCarthy supporter in spite of my inability to vote.  I was anti-war, as were most of my friends, I was pro civil rights, and was discovering my conscience slowly but surely.  I also lived in Chicago and have vivid memories of the bl...

    I received my copy through a Goodreads giveaway. I own White's The Making of the President 1968 and An American Melodrama; what else did I need to know about the tragic, tumultuous and eventful election of 1968? With the hindsight of 50 years and the election of 2016-PLENTY! I enjoy th...

    For those wondering about author bias, I would say that he's an MSNBC host, profoundly anti-Vietnam war, and quite possibly a Bernie Bro (this unconfirmed, but I have suspicions). He doesn't like Nixon or Regan, but he doesn't seem to like Humphrey either. He's mixed on the LBJ, Kenned...

    The election of 1968 was a realignment election. It signaled the beginning of the end for the New Deal Coalition that was established with FDR. It was a tumultuous year. Martin Luther King and RFK were assassinated, the Melee at the Democratic convention in Chicago, Tet Offensive, and ...

    "Playing With Fire" is an informative book about the trials and tribulations of the 1968 U.S. presidential election by MSNBC news host Lawrence O'Donnell. I like O'Donnell on TV. I wasn't sure I would feel the same way about him as an author. I did, however. O'Donnell was quite detaile...

    Many recent works have revisited the tumultuous 1968 presidential election, which seeded many of the conflicts and resentments American politics still wrestles with today. Though covering well-trod ground, MSNBC host O'Donnell teases a gripping narrative bristling with fresh, provocati...

    Playing with fire is the best book on 1968 that I've read, Lawrence O'Donnell combines the social and political history of that time into one seamless narrative, The bulk of the book focuses on the campaign season that year highlighted by an almost a minute by minute analysis of each c...

    Eerily relevant. ...

    An exceptional read. Like many other reviewers, I remember that election quite well, but I was young and in college, and thus distracted by life. I had no idea of all that was going on -- as no one could at the time it was all happening. O'Donnell lays it all out, both the events that ...

    I had no particular interest in the 1968 election, but I like Lawrence O'Donnell a lot so I decided to give this a go and it was pretty interesting. I was 5 at the time, so obviously didn't realize what was going on around me. Every time I read a book like this, I think wow - it wa...

    The only reason I read this book is because O'Donnell promised that 1968's presidential election was way more wild and crazy than 2016's. And yeah, maybe I needed to feel a little bit better about that big old gaping wound that still affects my life (and the life of everyone I know) ev...

    Deeply fascinating, and surprisingly relevant to our contemporary political landscape. A lot of familiar names crop up on the periphery of mainstream events, from Roger Ailes, George Romney and Pat Buchanan to Bill Clinton and John Kerry. I wasn't alive in 1968, and previously ...

    Playing with Fire far exceeded my expectations. I grew up close enough to the 1960s that I have never had a burning desire to study the history of the 1960s. As all good books do, this one taught me that I didn't know what I don't know. In particular, the idea that in my lifetime there...

    While I wasn't quite a "Clean For Gene" volunteer during high school, I was an avid McCarthy supporter and anti war proponent. I thought I knew most of what went on during the1968 campaign until I read this terrific book with incredible inside info which made my stomach churn (Nixon's ...

    It is a comprehensive review of the 1968 presidential election with a brief introduction of the setting in which the event took place and biographical details of all the major players. There are striking resemblances between the campaigns of White Nationalist George Wallace and the cur...

    this book was simply phenomenal. I was born in 79 and I feel like I just experienced the 1968 elections and events leading up. A great read to end the last and kickoff the new year of reading. Lawrence O'Donnell makes sure to take his shots at the current president throughout, but not ...

  • Tracy Rowan
    Nov 19, 2017

    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...

    The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O?Donnell?s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history. According to O?Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politic...

    I have been staring at this computer screen for half an hour, trying to find the words to explain how I feel. I think I am so unable to find the words because I am struggling with my 18-year-old self. Lawrence O'Donnell has captured so many of the feelings from that incredible year....

    I'd like to begin this review with a question. How do you follow up reading and reviewing the most highly-anticipated book of the year? In my case it was simple to go from one presidential campaign to another. Although the campaign that I chose was not just any campaign it was the gran...

    LOD is one of my best friends. I love his writing and I love him on TV, but the best is when he gets on a jag late at night when we're chatting and just turns world events into a story. This book is the closest I've experienced to that joy being done for the public. I was 13 in 196...

    In my book (The Color of Money), I have a chapter on the 1968 election and as I was writing it, I was thinking "you could write a whole library on this election!" This book is a worthy first volume for that library. I think we are far enough out and every strand of American politics th...

    I was sixteen in 1968, and I remember being a Gene McCarthy supporter in spite of my inability to vote.  I was anti-war, as were most of my friends, I was pro civil rights, and was discovering my conscience slowly but surely.  I also lived in Chicago and have vivid memories of the bl...

  • Penn Jillette
    Nov 16, 2017

    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...

    The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O?Donnell?s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history. According to O?Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politic...

    I have been staring at this computer screen for half an hour, trying to find the words to explain how I feel. I think I am so unable to find the words because I am struggling with my 18-year-old self. Lawrence O'Donnell has captured so many of the feelings from that incredible year....

    I'd like to begin this review with a question. How do you follow up reading and reviewing the most highly-anticipated book of the year? In my case it was simple to go from one presidential campaign to another. Although the campaign that I chose was not just any campaign it was the gran...

    LOD is one of my best friends. I love his writing and I love him on TV, but the best is when he gets on a jag late at night when we're chatting and just turns world events into a story. This book is the closest I've experienced to that joy being done for the public. I was 13 in 196...

  • Diane Masco
    Jan 03, 2018

    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...

    The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O?Donnell?s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history. According to O?Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politic...

    I have been staring at this computer screen for half an hour, trying to find the words to explain how I feel. I think I am so unable to find the words because I am struggling with my 18-year-old self. Lawrence O'Donnell has captured so many of the feelings from that incredible year....

    I'd like to begin this review with a question. How do you follow up reading and reviewing the most highly-anticipated book of the year? In my case it was simple to go from one presidential campaign to another. Although the campaign that I chose was not just any campaign it was the gran...

    LOD is one of my best friends. I love his writing and I love him on TV, but the best is when he gets on a jag late at night when we're chatting and just turns world events into a story. This book is the closest I've experienced to that joy being done for the public. I was 13 in 196...

    In my book (The Color of Money), I have a chapter on the 1968 election and as I was writing it, I was thinking "you could write a whole library on this election!" This book is a worthy first volume for that library. I think we are far enough out and every strand of American politics th...

    I was sixteen in 1968, and I remember being a Gene McCarthy supporter in spite of my inability to vote.  I was anti-war, as were most of my friends, I was pro civil rights, and was discovering my conscience slowly but surely.  I also lived in Chicago and have vivid memories of the bl...

    I received my copy through a Goodreads giveaway. I own White's The Making of the President 1968 and An American Melodrama; what else did I need to know about the tragic, tumultuous and eventful election of 1968? With the hindsight of 50 years and the election of 2016-PLENTY! I enjoy th...

    For those wondering about author bias, I would say that he's an MSNBC host, profoundly anti-Vietnam war, and quite possibly a Bernie Bro (this unconfirmed, but I have suspicions). He doesn't like Nixon or Regan, but he doesn't seem to like Humphrey either. He's mixed on the LBJ, Kenned...

    The election of 1968 was a realignment election. It signaled the beginning of the end for the New Deal Coalition that was established with FDR. It was a tumultuous year. Martin Luther King and RFK were assassinated, the Melee at the Democratic convention in Chicago, Tet Offensive, and ...

    "Playing With Fire" is an informative book about the trials and tribulations of the 1968 U.S. presidential election by MSNBC news host Lawrence O'Donnell. I like O'Donnell on TV. I wasn't sure I would feel the same way about him as an author. I did, however. O'Donnell was quite detaile...

    Many recent works have revisited the tumultuous 1968 presidential election, which seeded many of the conflicts and resentments American politics still wrestles with today. Though covering well-trod ground, MSNBC host O'Donnell teases a gripping narrative bristling with fresh, provocati...

    Playing with fire is the best book on 1968 that I've read, Lawrence O'Donnell combines the social and political history of that time into one seamless narrative, The bulk of the book focuses on the campaign season that year highlighted by an almost a minute by minute analysis of each c...

    Eerily relevant. ...

    An exceptional read. Like many other reviewers, I remember that election quite well, but I was young and in college, and thus distracted by life. I had no idea of all that was going on -- as no one could at the time it was all happening. O'Donnell lays it all out, both the events that ...

    I had no particular interest in the 1968 election, but I like Lawrence O'Donnell a lot so I decided to give this a go and it was pretty interesting. I was 5 at the time, so obviously didn't realize what was going on around me. Every time I read a book like this, I think wow - it wa...

    The only reason I read this book is because O'Donnell promised that 1968's presidential election was way more wild and crazy than 2016's. And yeah, maybe I needed to feel a little bit better about that big old gaping wound that still affects my life (and the life of everyone I know) ev...

    Deeply fascinating, and surprisingly relevant to our contemporary political landscape. A lot of familiar names crop up on the periphery of mainstream events, from Roger Ailes, George Romney and Pat Buchanan to Bill Clinton and John Kerry. I wasn't alive in 1968, and previously ...

    Playing with Fire far exceeded my expectations. I grew up close enough to the 1960s that I have never had a burning desire to study the history of the 1960s. As all good books do, this one taught me that I didn't know what I don't know. In particular, the idea that in my lifetime there...

    While I wasn't quite a "Clean For Gene" volunteer during high school, I was an avid McCarthy supporter and anti war proponent. I thought I knew most of what went on during the1968 campaign until I read this terrific book with incredible inside info which made my stomach churn (Nixon's ...

    It is a comprehensive review of the 1968 presidential election with a brief introduction of the setting in which the event took place and biographical details of all the major players. There are striking resemblances between the campaigns of White Nationalist George Wallace and the cur...

    this book was simply phenomenal. I was born in 79 and I feel like I just experienced the 1968 elections and events leading up. A great read to end the last and kickoff the new year of reading. Lawrence O'Donnell makes sure to take his shots at the current president throughout, but not ...

    I was one of a small group of anti-war protesters on Long Island who led the fight for Gene McCarthy?s nomination in 1968. O?Donnell captures the enthusiasm, excitement, adrenaline, sadness, pain and frustration of that year. The Dream will Not Die! Even now. ...

    I'm always impressed when a book offers new insights into an era I'm very familiar with. ...

    Loved this book......I learned things I didn't know that happened during this chaotic time ...

  • Tom Walsh
    Feb 03, 2018

    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...

    The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O?Donnell?s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history. According to O?Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politic...

    I have been staring at this computer screen for half an hour, trying to find the words to explain how I feel. I think I am so unable to find the words because I am struggling with my 18-year-old self. Lawrence O'Donnell has captured so many of the feelings from that incredible year....

    I'd like to begin this review with a question. How do you follow up reading and reviewing the most highly-anticipated book of the year? In my case it was simple to go from one presidential campaign to another. Although the campaign that I chose was not just any campaign it was the gran...

    LOD is one of my best friends. I love his writing and I love him on TV, but the best is when he gets on a jag late at night when we're chatting and just turns world events into a story. This book is the closest I've experienced to that joy being done for the public. I was 13 in 196...

    In my book (The Color of Money), I have a chapter on the 1968 election and as I was writing it, I was thinking "you could write a whole library on this election!" This book is a worthy first volume for that library. I think we are far enough out and every strand of American politics th...

    I was sixteen in 1968, and I remember being a Gene McCarthy supporter in spite of my inability to vote.  I was anti-war, as were most of my friends, I was pro civil rights, and was discovering my conscience slowly but surely.  I also lived in Chicago and have vivid memories of the bl...

    I received my copy through a Goodreads giveaway. I own White's The Making of the President 1968 and An American Melodrama; what else did I need to know about the tragic, tumultuous and eventful election of 1968? With the hindsight of 50 years and the election of 2016-PLENTY! I enjoy th...

    For those wondering about author bias, I would say that he's an MSNBC host, profoundly anti-Vietnam war, and quite possibly a Bernie Bro (this unconfirmed, but I have suspicions). He doesn't like Nixon or Regan, but he doesn't seem to like Humphrey either. He's mixed on the LBJ, Kenned...

    The election of 1968 was a realignment election. It signaled the beginning of the end for the New Deal Coalition that was established with FDR. It was a tumultuous year. Martin Luther King and RFK were assassinated, the Melee at the Democratic convention in Chicago, Tet Offensive, and ...

    "Playing With Fire" is an informative book about the trials and tribulations of the 1968 U.S. presidential election by MSNBC news host Lawrence O'Donnell. I like O'Donnell on TV. I wasn't sure I would feel the same way about him as an author. I did, however. O'Donnell was quite detaile...

    Many recent works have revisited the tumultuous 1968 presidential election, which seeded many of the conflicts and resentments American politics still wrestles with today. Though covering well-trod ground, MSNBC host O'Donnell teases a gripping narrative bristling with fresh, provocati...

    Playing with fire is the best book on 1968 that I've read, Lawrence O'Donnell combines the social and political history of that time into one seamless narrative, The bulk of the book focuses on the campaign season that year highlighted by an almost a minute by minute analysis of each c...

    Eerily relevant. ...

    An exceptional read. Like many other reviewers, I remember that election quite well, but I was young and in college, and thus distracted by life. I had no idea of all that was going on -- as no one could at the time it was all happening. O'Donnell lays it all out, both the events that ...

    I had no particular interest in the 1968 election, but I like Lawrence O'Donnell a lot so I decided to give this a go and it was pretty interesting. I was 5 at the time, so obviously didn't realize what was going on around me. Every time I read a book like this, I think wow - it wa...

    The only reason I read this book is because O'Donnell promised that 1968's presidential election was way more wild and crazy than 2016's. And yeah, maybe I needed to feel a little bit better about that big old gaping wound that still affects my life (and the life of everyone I know) ev...

    Deeply fascinating, and surprisingly relevant to our contemporary political landscape. A lot of familiar names crop up on the periphery of mainstream events, from Roger Ailes, George Romney and Pat Buchanan to Bill Clinton and John Kerry. I wasn't alive in 1968, and previously ...

    Playing with Fire far exceeded my expectations. I grew up close enough to the 1960s that I have never had a burning desire to study the history of the 1960s. As all good books do, this one taught me that I didn't know what I don't know. In particular, the idea that in my lifetime there...

    While I wasn't quite a "Clean For Gene" volunteer during high school, I was an avid McCarthy supporter and anti war proponent. I thought I knew most of what went on during the1968 campaign until I read this terrific book with incredible inside info which made my stomach churn (Nixon's ...

    It is a comprehensive review of the 1968 presidential election with a brief introduction of the setting in which the event took place and biographical details of all the major players. There are striking resemblances between the campaigns of White Nationalist George Wallace and the cur...

    this book was simply phenomenal. I was born in 79 and I feel like I just experienced the 1968 elections and events leading up. A great read to end the last and kickoff the new year of reading. Lawrence O'Donnell makes sure to take his shots at the current president throughout, but not ...

    I was one of a small group of anti-war protesters on Long Island who led the fight for Gene McCarthy?s nomination in 1968. O?Donnell captures the enthusiasm, excitement, adrenaline, sadness, pain and frustration of that year. The Dream will Not Die! Even now. ...

  • Abdul
    Feb 05, 2018

    Until 2016 the most wild and complex modern election was the 1968 election. If a screenwriter had written the '68 election no one would have believed it. Assassinations, riots, treason, war, and literal fist fights on the floor of the Democratic convention. 1968 was the year that moder...

    The publication of MSNBC host Lawrence O?Donnell?s new book, PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE 1968 ELECTION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS comes at a propitious moment in American political history. According to O?Donnell 1968 is the watershed year that set our current politic...

    I have been staring at this computer screen for half an hour, trying to find the words to explain how I feel. I think I am so unable to find the words because I am struggling with my 18-year-old self. Lawrence O'Donnell has captured so many of the feelings from that incredible year....

    I'd like to begin this review with a question. How do you follow up reading and reviewing the most highly-anticipated book of the year? In my case it was simple to go from one presidential campaign to another. Although the campaign that I chose was not just any campaign it was the gran...

    LOD is one of my best friends. I love his writing and I love him on TV, but the best is when he gets on a jag late at night when we're chatting and just turns world events into a story. This book is the closest I've experienced to that joy being done for the public. I was 13 in 196...

    In my book (The Color of Money), I have a chapter on the 1968 election and as I was writing it, I was thinking "you could write a whole library on this election!" This book is a worthy first volume for that library. I think we are far enough out and every strand of American politics th...

    I was sixteen in 1968, and I remember being a Gene McCarthy supporter in spite of my inability to vote.  I was anti-war, as were most of my friends, I was pro civil rights, and was discovering my conscience slowly but surely.  I also lived in Chicago and have vivid memories of the bl...

    I received my copy through a Goodreads giveaway. I own White's The Making of the President 1968 and An American Melodrama; what else did I need to know about the tragic, tumultuous and eventful election of 1968? With the hindsight of 50 years and the election of 2016-PLENTY! I enjoy th...

    For those wondering about author bias, I would say that he's an MSNBC host, profoundly anti-Vietnam war, and quite possibly a Bernie Bro (this unconfirmed, but I have suspicions). He doesn't like Nixon or Regan, but he doesn't seem to like Humphrey either. He's mixed on the LBJ, Kenned...

    The election of 1968 was a realignment election. It signaled the beginning of the end for the New Deal Coalition that was established with FDR. It was a tumultuous year. Martin Luther King and RFK were assassinated, the Melee at the Democratic convention in Chicago, Tet Offensive, and ...

    "Playing With Fire" is an informative book about the trials and tribulations of the 1968 U.S. presidential election by MSNBC news host Lawrence O'Donnell. I like O'Donnell on TV. I wasn't sure I would feel the same way about him as an author. I did, however. O'Donnell was quite detaile...

    Many recent works have revisited the tumultuous 1968 presidential election, which seeded many of the conflicts and resentments American politics still wrestles with today. Though covering well-trod ground, MSNBC host O'Donnell teases a gripping narrative bristling with fresh, provocati...

    Playing with fire is the best book on 1968 that I've read, Lawrence O'Donnell combines the social and political history of that time into one seamless narrative, The bulk of the book focuses on the campaign season that year highlighted by an almost a minute by minute analysis of each c...

    Eerily relevant. ...

    An exceptional read. Like many other reviewers, I remember that election quite well, but I was young and in college, and thus distracted by life. I had no idea of all that was going on -- as no one could at the time it was all happening. O'Donnell lays it all out, both the events that ...

    I had no particular interest in the 1968 election, but I like Lawrence O'Donnell a lot so I decided to give this a go and it was pretty interesting. I was 5 at the time, so obviously didn't realize what was going on around me. Every time I read a book like this, I think wow - it wa...

    The only reason I read this book is because O'Donnell promised that 1968's presidential election was way more wild and crazy than 2016's. And yeah, maybe I needed to feel a little bit better about that big old gaping wound that still affects my life (and the life of everyone I know) ev...

    Deeply fascinating, and surprisingly relevant to our contemporary political landscape. A lot of familiar names crop up on the periphery of mainstream events, from Roger Ailes, George Romney and Pat Buchanan to Bill Clinton and John Kerry. I wasn't alive in 1968, and previously ...

    Playing with Fire far exceeded my expectations. I grew up close enough to the 1960s that I have never had a burning desire to study the history of the 1960s. As all good books do, this one taught me that I didn't know what I don't know. In particular, the idea that in my lifetime there...

    While I wasn't quite a "Clean For Gene" volunteer during high school, I was an avid McCarthy supporter and anti war proponent. I thought I knew most of what went on during the1968 campaign until I read this terrific book with incredible inside info which made my stomach churn (Nixon's ...

    It is a comprehensive review of the 1968 presidential election with a brief introduction of the setting in which the event took place and biographical details of all the major players. There are striking resemblances between the campaigns of White Nationalist George Wallace and the cur...