Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Miami and the Siege of Chicago: An Informal History of the Republican and Democratic Conventions of 1968
Norman Mailer


Miami, Summer 1968. The Vietnam War is raging; Martin Luther King, Jr., and Bobby Kennedy have just been assassinated. The Republican Party meets in Miami and picks Richard Nixon as its candidate, to little fanfare. But when the Democrats back Lyndon Johnson’s ineffectual vice president, Hubert Humphrey, the city of Chicago erupts. Anti-war protesters fill the streets and the police run amok, beating and arresting demonstrators and delegates alike, all broadcast on live television, and captured in these pages by one of America’s fiercest intellects.

Paperback, 240pp
Penguin Books, 2018 (1968)
ISBN 9780241340530