Hubert Humphrey: The Conscience of the Country

Hubert Humphrey: The Conscience of the Country

by Arnold A. Offner


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One of the great liberal politicians of the twentieth century, rediscovered in an important, definitive biography

Hubert Humphrey (1911–1978) was one of the great liberal leaders of postwar American politics, yet because he never made it to the Oval Office he has been largely overlooked by biographers. His career encompassed three well‑known high points: the civil rights speech at the 1948 Democratic Convention that risked his political future; his shepherding of the 1964 Civil Rights Act through the Senate; and his near‑victory in the 1968 presidential election, one of the angriest and most divisive in the country’s history.
Historian Arnold A. Offner has explored vast troves of archival records to recapture Humphrey’s life, giving us previously unknown details of the vice president’s fractious relationship with Lyndon Johnson, showing how Johnson colluded with Richard Nixon to deny Humphrey the presidency, and describing the most neglected aspect of Humphrey’s career: his major legislative achievements after returning to the Senate in 1970. This definitive biography rediscovers one of America’s great political figures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300222395
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 08/21/2018
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 550,143
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Arnold A. Offner is Cornelia F. Hugel Professor of History Emeritus at Lafayette College. His previous books include Another Such Victory: President Truman and the Cold War, 1945-1953, and American Appeasement: United States Foreign Policy and Germany, 1933-1938.

Jonathan Yen was inspired by the Golden Age of Radio, and while the gold was gone by the time he got there, he's carried that inspiration through to commercial work, voice acting, and stage productions. From vintage Howard Fast science fiction to naturalist Paul Rosolie's true adventures in the Amazon, Jonathan loves to tell a good story.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Prologue 1

1 A New Star Is Born 9

2 The People's Mayor 24

3 The Next Senator from Minnesota 40

4 Lonely, Bitter, and Broke in the Senate 59

5 Confrontation and Cooperation 71

6 Prominence and Courtship 85

7 The Price of Leadership 101

8 Liberal without Apology 115

9 Candidate in Orbit, 1958-1960 134

10 The Insider as Outsider 152

11 Tragedy and Triumph 170

12 The Best Man in America 193

13 LBJ versus HHH: The Great Society and Vietnam 210

14 Humphrey's Vietnam Wars 230

15 Northwest's Passage 249

16 Last Man In 268

17 The Siege of Chicago 291

18 Battling the Torrents-and Johnson 315

19 Resurrection and Defeat 336

20 A Time for Everything 364

Epilogue: The Conscience of the Country 391

Notes 395

Bibliography 453

Index 467

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