No One Was Killed: The Democratic National Convention, August 1968

Paperback | April 15, 2009

byJohn Schultz

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While other writers contemplated the events of the 1968 Chicago riots from the safety of their hotel rooms, John Schultz was in the city streets, being threatened by police, choking on tear gas, and listening to all the rage, fear, and confusion around him. The result, No One Was Killed, is his account of the contradictions and chaos of convention week, the adrenalin, the sense of drama and history, and how the mainstream press was getting it all wrong.

"A more valuable factual record of events than the city’s white paper, the Walker Report, and Theodore B. White’s Making of a President combined."—Book Week

"As a reporter making distinctions between Yippie, hippie, New Leftist, McCarthyite, police, and National Guard, Schultz is perceptive; he excels in describing such diverse personalities as Julian Bond and Eugene McCarthy."—Library Journal

"High on my short list of true, lasting, inspired evocations of those whacked-out days when the country was fighting a phantasmagorical war (with real corpses), and police under orders were beating up demonstrators who looked at them funny."—Todd Gitlin, from the foreword

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While other writers contemplated the events of the 1968 Chicago riots from the safety of their hotel rooms, John Schultz was in the city streets, being threatened by police, choking on tear gas, and listening to all the rage, fear, and confusion around him. The result, No One Was Killed, is his account of the contradictions and chaos o...

John Schultz is professor emeritus of fiction writing and a member of the graduate faculty in fiction writing at Columbia College in Chicago. He is the author of No One Was Killed, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:April 15, 2009Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226740781

ISBN - 13:9780226740782

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Todd Gitlin

Introduction to Confrontation

Blocked

I Am Here in Lincoln Park/ Wednesday Midnight Confrontation Attitudes

The Week Before the Convention: Preparatory Confrontations
Julian Bond Meets the Governor of New Jersey
Cops and Media Watch Over the Festival of Life

Platform Committee, Hale Boggs Presiding, Faces the Nation

Sunday: Overthrow

Chicago: The Prague of the West

McCarthy Arrives and Innocence Waits on the Hilton Stairs

Music in Lincoln Park/Invocation

Sunday Night/Overthrow

Monday: The Beast and the Hunt

Grant Park: Boys Capture Union General

Lincoln Park: The Barricade

Grant Park: Awakening in Front of the Hilton

The Ritual and the Hunt

Tuesday: The Demands of Revolution

McCarthy Meets California

Lincoln Park Citizens Meet Their Police Commander

World War II Vets Meet War Resisters

LBJ Birthday Party and Anti-Birthday Party

Attack at the Foot of the Cross

Demonstrators Meet Guardsmen Brothers

Wednesday: War

Vietnam War Plank

The Battle at the Bandshell

The Battle at Michigan and Balbo

Battles in the Loop and Lincoln Park

The Nation Faces the Demonstrators

Thursday: Exile

Morning

McCarthy Speaks and Speaks Again

To the Amphitheatre

War Games

Friday

McCarthy Headquarters Attacked

In the Months Afterward

When the Game Changes

Postscript

Afterword, 2008

Acknowledgments

Editorial Reviews

"Of all the book-length accounts I read of 1960's political and cultural confrontations, none (not even Mailer's Armies of the Night) is more lucid in its understanding of the torments and tropisms of the movements of the streets. . . . This is vivid writing that can stand as pure, suspenseful reportage."