Who has the vision to lead? That has always been the fundamental question of U.S. politics. But in 1968 enduring American optimism about the future collided with brutal reality: the political system was shaken to its foundations. The old political leadership was almost literally besieged. A new vanguard, arguing for a dramatic reordering of national priorities, emerged almost against its will, born of immense popular frustration. Then shots rang out in a hotel pantry. The U.S., a bitter and lacerated democracy of 200 million, was forced to choose its vision from a field narrowed by a demented electorate of one.


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