A world in chaos. Two progressive political leaders assassinated within three months. A President beleaguered by an unpopular war and challenged by a poetry-quoting intellectual decides not to run again. African American athletes raise their fists in symbolic protest on the Olympic stage. Riots in the cities and anti-war demonstrations occur on a mass scale. A draft conscripts America’s youth and sends them to fight in half a world away, where the troop buildup exceeds half a million.