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Eighteen-Day Running Mate

McGovern, Eagleton & A Campaign in Crisis
by Joshua M. Glasser
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Pub Date: 2012
Format: Hardback with bw illus.
Pages: 381 pp.
Size: 6.50 x 9.50 inches

ISBN: 9780300176292
TB Code: 2004570
Availability: 12 in stock

The riveting story of a doomed presidential ticket and the truth behind this singular election-year drama.

No skeletons were rattling in his closet, Thomas Eagleton assured George McGovern's political director. But only eighteen days later-after a series of damaging public revelations and feverish behind-the-scenes maneuverings-McGovern rescinded his endorsement of his Democratic vice-presidential running mate, and Eagleton withdrew from the ticket. This fascinating book is the first to uncover the full story behind Eagleton's rise and precipitous fall as a national candidate.

Within days of Eagleton's nomination, a pair of anonymous phone calls brought to light his history of hospitalizations for "nervous exhaustion and depression" and past treatment with electroshock therapy. The revelation rattled the campaign and placed McGovern's organization under intense public and media scrutiny. Joshua M. Glasser investigates a campaign in disarray and explores the perspectives of the campaign's key players, how decisions were made and who made them, how cultural attitudes toward mental illness informed the crisis, and how Eagleton's and McGovern's personal ambitions shaped the course of events.