1960-LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon: The Epic Campaign That Forged Three Presidencies

1960-LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon: The Epic Campaign That Forged Three Presidencies

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by David Pietrusza
     
 

ISBN-10: 1402761147

ISBN-13: 9781402761140

Pub. Date: 09/02/2008

Publisher: Sterling Publishing

It was the election that would ultimately give America "Camelot” and its tragic aftermath, a momentous contest when three giants who each would have a chance to shape the nation battled to win the presidency.

Award-winning author David Pietrusza does here for the 1960 presidential race what he did in his previous book, 1920: the Year of the Six

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It was the election that would ultimately give America "Camelot” and its tragic aftermath, a momentous contest when three giants who each would have a chance to shape the nation battled to win the presidency.

Award-winning author David Pietrusza does here for the 1960 presidential race what he did in his previous book, 1920: the Year of the Six Presidents—which Kirkus Reviews selected as one of their Best Books of 2007. Until now, the most authoritative study of the 1960 election was Theodore White’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Making of the President, 1960. But White, as a trusted insider, didn’t tell all. Here’s the rest of the story, what White could never have known, nor revealed. Finally, it’s all out—including JFK’s poignant comment on why LBJ’s nomination as vice president would be inconsequential: "I’m 43 years old. I’m not going to die in office.”

Combining an engaging narrative with exhaustive research, Pietrusza chronicles the pivotal election of 1960, in which issues of civil rights and religion (Kennedy was only the second major-party Roman Catholic candidate ever) converged. The volatile primary clash between Senate Majority leader LBJ and the young JFK culminated in an improbable fusion ticket. The historic, legendary Kennedy-Nixon debates followed in its wake. The first presidential televised debates, they forever altered American politics when an exhausted Nixon was unkempt and tentative in their first showdown. With 80 million viewers passing judgment, Nixon’s poll numbers dropped as the charismatic Kennedy’s star rose. Nixon learned his lesson—resting before subsequent debates, reluctantly wearing makeup, and challenging JFK with a more aggressive stance—but the damage was done.

There’s no one better to convey the drama of that tumultuous year than Pietrusza. He has 1,000 secrets to spill; a fascinating cast of characters to introduce (including a rogue’s gallery of hangers-on and manipulators); and towering historical events to chronicle. And all of it is built on painstaking research and solid historical scholarship. Pietrusza tracks down every lead to create a winning, engaging, and very readable account.

With the 2008 elections approaching, politics will be on everyone’s mind, and 1960: LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon will transform the way readers see modern American history.

 

 

A sampling of what Theodore White couldn’t chronicle—and David Pietrusza does:

·     Richard Nixon’s tempestuous Iowa backseat blowup, and his  bizarre Election Day road trip

·     The full story of a sympathetic call from JFK to Coretta Scott King

·      John Ehrlichman’s spy missions on the Nelson Rockefeller and Democratic    camps

·      The warnings before Election Day that Chicago’s mayor Daley would try to fix the race’s outcome

·       JFK’s amphetamine-fueled debate performance

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402761140
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
09/02/2008
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.80(d)

Table of Contents


Cast of Characters     x
January     1
"My son will be President in 1960"     2
"Independent as a hog on ice"     19
"You're my boy"     33
"Kicked in the head by a horse"     53
"When Bobby hates you, you stay hated"     61
"I am not a candidate for the vice presidency of anything"     66
"An independent merchant competing against a chain store"     77
"The rich man's Harold Stassen"     95
"Committing a sin against God"     109
"A little black bag and a checkbook"     121
"All the eggheads are for Stevenson"     131
"They were a dime a dozen"     145
"A clean bill of health"     157
"First blood for Kennedy"     170
"We had to win on the first ballot"     177
"Too shallow a puddle"     190
"I'm not going to die in office"     194
"He is not a big man"     207
"A two-fisted, four square liar"     213
"The man who will succeed Dwight D. Eisenhower... Richard E. Nixon"     221
"Why do you think they did that, Sammy?"     233
"Nothing takes precedence over his oath to uphold the Constitution"     245
"Matt Dillon ain't popular fornothing"     259
"Nixon did everything but sweep out the plane"     268
"I seen him, I seen him"     282
"You bombthrowers probably lost the election"     291
"The most dangerous man in America"     299
"No one could tell him anything"     307
"He felt cool, calm, and very alert"     320
"They've embalmed him before he even died"     335
"The bones of a single American soldier"     349
"Senator Kennedy is in clear violation of the spirit of the law"     366
"They know not what they do"     381
"I'm just out for a little ride"     391
"The help of a few close friends"     400
"Dies irae"     411
Notes     419
Bibliography     494
Acknowledgments     509
Index     510
About the Author     523

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