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Posted December 8, 1999
Political and Historical Classic
Theodore White's book, Making of the President: 1960, is considered a classic work of campaign reporting. Although the publishers were originally skeptical of how well the public would received a book like this, they published White's book anyway. It was an instant best seller, and White was contracted to do works on the campaigns of 1964, 1968, and 1972 (long since out of print). The book is a classic and well worth purchasing. His analysis of the campaign is thoughtful and still timely. My only minor quibble with it is that he spends much more time with Kennedy than with Nixon. Some have accused White of creating the 'Camelot' myth, but that's going too far. This book deserves a place on any historian's shelf.
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