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Miami and the Siege of Chicago: An Informal History of the Republican and Democratic Conventions of 1968. New York: World, 24 October; simultaneously as a softcover: New York: New American Library; London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, November or December, with different subtitle: An Informal History of the American Political Conventions of 1968. Nonfiction narrative, 223 pp., $5.95.


Dedication: “To my Father.” Nominated for the National Book Award in the history and biography category. Rpt: 68.27, 76.5, 98.7 (partial). See 68.18, 69.3, 72.7.

Norman Mailer at Rally (1968)


…you end up writing best about those historic events which have a magnetic relation to your own ideas and tend to write less well about situations where that doesn’t occur. I think, for example, Miami and the Siege of Chicago is probably a better book than St. George and the Godfather [72.17]. For a number of reasons including the fact that the conventions themselves were more exciting, but also because there was a polarity in ’68 more congenial to me than in ’72. (75.11)