The Grassroots Populist Campaign of George McGovern in 1972

George McGovern was called “the most decent man in the Senate” by Bobby Kennedy. After his death in 2012 the Obama Administration called him “a hero of war who became a champion of peace.” The distinguished Senator mounted a grassroots presidential campaign against Tricky Dick Nixon in 1972 that resounds today because his progressive message of hope and compassion contrasted with Nixon’s fearful machinations. McGovern ran the only major party campaign against the Vietnam War. Vanity Fair does an outstanding job of retelling the story of the remarkable (if ultimately unsuccessful) campaign through fascinating anecdotes from the leading staffers and McGovern himself.

McGovern ’72: An Oral History, 11.6.12