On Friday, August 9, at 7 pm, Left Bank Books in Belfast invites the public to a talk and book signing by Jon Ward, author of Camelot’s End: Kennedy vs. Carter & the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party. A riveting dual political biography, Camelot's End, details the epic 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 It was the last gasp of an outdated system, an insider's game that old Kennedy hands thought they had mastered, and the year that marked the unraveling of the Democratic Party as America had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. Camelot's End details this incredible drama with cinematic sweep. At its heart, it is the tale of two extraordinary and deeply flawed men: Ted Kennedy, one of the nation's greatest lawmakers, a man of flaws and of great character; and Jimmy Carter, a politically tenacious but frequently underestimated trailblazer. 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. Kirkus Reviews writes that Ward “provides deep insight into American politics in the past five decades. He writes fluidly and demonstrates a firm grasp of how politics work. It is also interesting that he writes in a time when there are increasing whispers that a sitting president might face an internal challenge to his renomination. A useful reminder of a past era that resonates with contemporary politics.” As the Senior Political Correspondent for Yahoo News, Jon 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, please call (207-338-9009) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.