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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.
Author's Note xvii
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
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
Posted December 8, 1999
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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