the last gasp of an outdated system and an insider’s game

Political journalist, correspondent to give book talk

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BELFAST — On Friday, August 9, at 7 p.m., Jon Ward, author of Camelot’s End: Kennedy vs. Carter & the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party, will give a talk and book signing at Left Bank Books, in Belfast.

A dual political biography, Camelot’s End details the 1980 clash between Ted Kennedy and Jimmy Carter when Kennedy challenged Carter for the Democratic nomination. It was the last gasp of an outdated system, an insider’s game that old Kennedy hands thought they had mastered, and the year that marked the unraveling of the Democratic Party as America had known it, according to Left Bank, in a news release.

Camelot’s End details this incredible drama with cinematic sweep. Comprehensive and nuanced, featuring new interviews with major party leaders and behind-the-scenes revelations from the time, Camelot’s End presents
both Kennedy and Carter in a new light, and takes readers deep inside a dark chapter in American political history.

As the Senior Political Correspondent for Yahoo News, Ward writes about politics, culture and religion. He’s covered two White Houses and two presidential elections. He’s mountain biked with George W. Bush and survived running through a plate glass window in Liberia. His work has been published in The Washington Post, The New Republic, and The Huffington Post, and he’s appeared on MSNBC, Morning Joe, Fox News, PBS, CSPAN, and the BBC.

To reserve a seat at this free event, or to order copies of Camelot’s End in advance, call (207-338-9009) or email (

Left Bank Books is located in the historic Opera House block at 109 Church Street (across from the police station), in downtown Belfast. Ample on-street parking is available in front of the shop and in an adjacent parking lot.

Event Date: 

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 7:00pm

Event Location: 

Left Bank Books


109 Church Street
Belfast  Maine
United States