Making of the President

Overview

Belletrist and social observer Theodore H. White made an indelible impact on history in 1960, with his tome The Making of the President. The recipient of a Pulitzer Price, the book offered the public a new level of insight into the U.S. political machine that instantly caught on, and set the standard for years to follow. Producer David L. Wolper then adapted White's work into a series of televised documentary specials, each one chronicling an election. This box set includes three of those specials: one from 1960 ...
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Overview

Belletrist and social observer Theodore H. White made an indelible impact on history in 1960, with his tome The Making of the President. The recipient of a Pulitzer Price, the book offered the public a new level of insight into the U.S. political machine that instantly caught on, and set the standard for years to follow. Producer David L. Wolper then adapted White's work into a series of televised documentary specials, each one chronicling an election. This box set includes three of those specials: one from 1960 (on the Kennedy-Nixon race), another from 1964 (on the Johnson-Goldwater race), and a third from 1968 (on the Humphrey-Nixon-Wallace race). Each of the specials observes intimate moments between the candidates and their staff members, captures the tension of the races, and much more, meanwhile shedding a light on the inner mechanisms.
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Special Features

Bonus programs: A Thousand Days: A Tribute to John F. Kennedy (an homage first shown at the '64 Democratic National Convention), and The March of Time: Seven Days in the Life of the President (an intimate look at Lyndon B. Johnson); 16-page viewer's guide, featuring White's essay on Wolper's documentaries, a biography of White, and articles on campaign platforms and some quixotic campaigners; The Contenders after Their Campaigns: updated biograhies on candidates who did not win their party's nomination
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/5/2011
  • UPC: 054961866892
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  • Source: Athena
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 3:57:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 29,065

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Making of the President - 1960
1. Seven Potential Presidents [7:37]
2. The Primaries [10:04]
3. Politicking, New and Old [5:09]
4. The Democratic National Convention [9:21]
5. The Republican Nomination [8:37]
6. A Shifting Population [9:06]
7. The First Great Debate [7:17]
8. Last Weeks of the Campaign [4:43]
9. Election Day [5:04]
10. So Power Passes [9:05]
Disc #2 -- The Making of the President -1964
1. Part One: The Battle for the Nomination: After Kennedy [5:43]
2. Part One: The Battle for the Nomination: Choosing a Republican Candidate [9:51]
3. Part One: The Battle for the Nomination: The Battle for California [4:48]
4. Part One: The Battle for the Nomination: The Democrats' Focus [10:36]
5. Part One: The Battle for the Nomination: Nominating Goldwater [11:35]
1. Part Two: The Battle for the Presidency: Johnson's Running Mate [10:02]
2. Part Two: The Battle for the Presidency: How They Got There [5:33]
3. Part Two: The Battle for the Presidency: Goldwater's Image [4:52]
4. Part Two: The Battle for the Presidency: Every Vote Counts [6:31]
5. Part Two: The Battle for the Presidency: November 3, 1964 [:22]
Disc #3 -- The Making of the President - 1968
1. The Years of the Grotesque [8:22]
2. Nixon's the One! [8:50]
3. Johnson Quits [8:46]
4. Increasing Violence [7:53]
5. Kennedy in California [7:51]
6. Reagan and Rocky Vs. Chicago [8:51]
7. Democrats in Chicago [8:00]
8. A Crippled Party [4:18]
9. The Intruder [8:31]
10. Nixon Squeaks by [7:51]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Making of the President - 1960
   Play Feature
   Chapters
   Extras
      A Thousand Days: A Tribute to John F. Kennedy
      The Contenders After Their Campaigns
         W. Stuart Symington
         Adlai E. Stevenson
         Hubert H. Humphrey
         Lyndon B. Johnson
         Nelson Rockefeller
   Subtitles: On
   Subtitles: Off
Disc #2 -- The Making of the President -1964
   Play All
   Part One: The Battle for the Nomination
   Part Two: The Battle for the Presidency
   Chapters
   Extras
      The March of Time: Seven Days in the Life of the President
      The Contenders After Their Campaigns
         Henry Cabot Lodge
         William Scranton
   Subtitles: On
   Subtitles: Off
Disc #3 -- The Making of the President - 1968
   Play Feature
   Chapters
   The Contenders After Their Campaigns
      Eugene J. McCarthy
      George S. McGovern
      George W. Romney
      Ronald Reagan
      George C. Wallace
      Curtis LeMay
   Subtitles: On
   Subtitles: Off
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