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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
 

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ISBN-10: 1402777469

ISBN-13: 2901402777461

Pub. Date: 10/05/2010

Publisher: Union Square Press


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

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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 learnedhis 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901402777461
Publisher:
Union Square Press
Publication date:
10/05/2010
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
544

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1960--LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon: The Epic Campaign That Forged Three Presidencies 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
BarryNonFictionBookLover More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend reading 1960 LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon, by David Pietrusza. I loved this book. I did not buy it, I took it out of the library, and took it out because I ran across it by accident and the title caught my interest. It was great right from the very beginning. A real page turner. Now I am reading his other book, 1920 The Year of the Six Presidents. (This one I actually bought at a Barns and Noble, and funny thing, on the receipt it lists the 1960 LBJ vs JFK vs Nixon book by the same author as a book I might like. Smart artificial intelligence computer programing to come up with that. So far the 1920 book (just started reading it) is just as good as the 1960 book. So, if you are a history buff and political junkie like me go out and find these two books. It is an easy read, interesting, and enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book. Really breaks down the most important election in american history.
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Cant rp. Bye
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A dark shadow stares down at everyone figuring out if she shud show herself