The Making of the President 1960

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Overview

The Making of the President 1960 is the book that revolutionized—even created—modern political journalism. Granted intimate access to all parties involved, Theodore White crafted an almost mythic story of the battle that pitted Senator John F. Kennedy against Vice-President Richard M. Nixon—from the decisive primary battles to the history-making televised debates, the first of their kind. Magnificently detailed and exquisitely paced, The Making of the President 1960 imbues the nation's presidential election process with both grittiness and grandeur, and established a benchmark against which all new campaign reporters would measure their work. The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction—and the first entry in White's influential four-volume "narrative history of American politics in action"—this classic account remains the keystone of American political journalism.

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Editorial Reviews

Time magazine
“A notable achievement. White has written a fascinating story of a fascinating campaign.”
New York Times
“No book that I know of has caught the heartbeat of a campaign as strikingly as Theodore White has done in The Making of the President 1960.”
Saturday Review
“More than a fascinating account of how one man succeeded in reaching the White House, while other failed; it is a graduate lesson in the rough, relentless, subtle and devious workings of American politics. It is a magnificent job of reporting, but it is also history.”
Time Magazine
"A notable achievement. White has written a fascinating story of a fascinating campaign."
William L. Shirer
“A masterpiece . . . full of deep insights into political power in America and how our democracy works in choosing the President. It gripped me from beginning to end as very few books have.”
William F. Buckley
“[White] revolutionized the art of political reporting.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568491431
  • Publisher: Buccaneer Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Theodore H. White (1915–1986) was an American political journalist, historian,and novelist, best known for the Making of the President series: his accounts of the1960, 1964, 1968, and 1972 presidential elections, all of which are being reissued withnew forewords by Harper Perennial Political Classics. His other books include ThunderOut of China, America in Search of Itself, and In Search of History: A Personal Adventure.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Author's Note xvii

Part 1

1 Waiting 3

2 The Democrats: First Stirrings 26

3 The Republicans: First Stirrings 59

4 The Art Of The Primary: Wisconsin And West Virginia 78

5 Pre-Convention: Democrats 115

6 Rendezvous At Los Angeles: The Democratic Convention 150

7 The Republicans: From The Summit To Chicago 180

Part 2

Prologue 211

8 Retrospect On Yesterday's Future 213

9 Kennedy For President: Round One 244

10 Nixon For President: Round One 263

11 Round Two; The Television Debates 279

12 Nixon For President: Round Three 296

13 Kennedy For President: Round Three 319

14 To Wake As President 345

15 The View From The White House 366

Appendix A 385

Appendix B 388

Appendix C 391

Index 395

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  • Anonymous

    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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