The Best Year of Their Lives: Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon in 1948

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In 1948, Lyndon Johnson, John Kennedy, and Richard Nixon were up-and-coming congressmen, all at pivotal points in their lives. In each of these ambitious politicians, Lance Morrow finds a streak of amorality and ruthlessness--each believed that the rules didn't apply to him. For each, lies of one kind or another would be a conduit to power; lies would also undo LBJ and Nixon's presidencies, and tarnish JFK's reputation.
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In 1948, Lyndon Johnson, John Kennedy, and Richard Nixon were up-and-coming congressmen, all at pivotal points in their lives. In each of these ambitious politicians, Lance Morrow finds a streak of amorality and ruthlessness--each believed that the rules didn't apply to him. For each, lies of one kind or another would be a conduit to power; lies would also undo LBJ and Nixon's presidencies, and tarnish JFK's reputation.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780465047246
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 5.18 (h) x 0.96 (d)

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Lance Morrow, twice winner of the National Magazine Award, is a longtime essayist for TIME magazine. He contributes essays and articles to other publications and is the author of eight books, including Evil: An Investigation and The Best Year of Their Lives: Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon in 1948. He lives in Chatham, New York.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Three Crises xi
The Anxiety of the Overdog xxiv
Annus Mirabilis xxxii
Chapter 1 Three Young Men
Jack's Favorite Movie 3
The Transformation of a Quaker Boy 13
Johnson at Bay 43
Interlude: The American Scene
Washington 53
Brumidi's Frescoes and Film Noir 63
Ellis Island, the Frontier, and the Taft-Hartley Act 76
Chapter 2 Families
The Johnsons of Texas 85
The Kennedys: John Buchan and a Strange Irish Anglophilia 94
The Nixons of California 113
Interlude: The World Scene
From Society of Necessity to Society of Choice 125
Marshall 130
Science and Discoveries 141
Chapter 3 Early 1948
Lyndon for Sale 149
Young, Obscure and Orthogonian 153
Jack and Kick: May 1948 179
Interlude: Questions of Character
The Sinking of PT-109 189
The Caracas Thesis 192
LBJ's Silver Star 200
Chapter 4 Late Summer
The Hiss Case 215
Lyndon vs. Coke 272
Epilogue 281
Note on Sources 285
Index 291
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