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Camelot’s End: Kennedy Versus Carter and the Fight That Broke the Democratic Party by Jon Ward

Read by John Pruden, with the recording produced by Hachette Audio and Blackstone Audio

Reviewed by Ryan Paul Winn

Admirers of Jimmy Carter and Ted Kennedy blame one another’s man for the Democratic Party’s defeat in the 1980 presidential race. Jon Ward makes clear how each candidate sank under baggage of his own making. Camelot’s End shows how two flawed men let their individual ambitions shred their party rather than allow the other to lead it. Reader John Pruden capitalizes on masterful pacing, employing inflection to dramatize the dueling party standard bearers’ stumbles and snipes.

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Ryan Paul Winn is a columnist and media critic who’s rarely without an audiobook or his earbuds. When not writing or teaching in the Liberal Studies department at College of Menominee Nation in Keshena, Wisconsin, he can be found researching overlooked history in local and national archives.