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Chicago 1968  Personal Reflections & Other Stories by Neal P. Gillen

Chicago 1968 Personal Reflections & Other Stories

by Neal P. Gillen

276 pages
CHICAGO 1968 – Personal Reflections & Other Stories is a collection of short stories, both fact and fiction. Its lead story details the behind the scene action from the perspective of a Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey operative of what really happened in Chicago during the tumultuous 1968 Democratic National Convention that nominated Humphrey.

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About the Book
CHICAGO 1968 – Personal Reflections & Other Stories is a collection of short stories, both fact and fiction. Its lead story details the behind the scene action from the perspective of a Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey operative of what really happened in Chicago during the tumultuous 1968 Democratic National Convention that nominated Humphrey; including the political chicanery of Chicago political boss Richard J. Daley who tried to lure the remaining Kennedy brother, Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy, into the nomination process; the fight among Democrats prior to the convention amidst the specter of the Vietnam War; the intrigue on the convention floor; the riots in the streets; and police brutality in the convention headquarters hotel. There are 31 additional true stories pertaining to politics, military service, and business, all topical and humorous including one about working for Donald Trump’s father Fred on a Coney Island construction project. The book ends with four fictional stories about the life of ordinary Americans.

 

Reviews
An insiders eyewitness to history—Neal Gillen provides a special perspective & key insights into one of the most tumultuous times in American politics—1968 and the Democratic Convention. Gillen’s lens provides an important behind-the-scenes look at what was happening during this fateful week.
- Peter D. Hart, preeminent public opinion analyst, for 40 senators & 30 governors, and the NBC-Wall Street Journal pollster since 1989.
This fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the Democrats' national convention in 1968 in Chicago is as informative as it is riveting.
- Martin Tolchin, who capped 40 years with the New York Times by founding The Hill and Politico.
“It’s one thing to read about critical events in our history. It’s quite another to know them personally and to feel them. Through Neal Gillen’s insider stories we’re given a larger view of events, in human terms we can relate to. His perspectives link the importance of the past to the present, while his healthy sense of humor refreshes us when we need it most. This is good reading.”
- Wilson W. Wyatt Jr., Editor, Delmarva Review

 

 

About the Author
Neal P. Gillen, the author of thirteen books, is a Navy veteran, NYU and Georgetown Law School graduate. He established and funded The Writers’ Center’s annual First Novel Prize; and is a member of the Authors Guild, the Eastern Shore Writers Association, and the Maryland Writers Association.

 

 

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