The Gumshoe and the Shrink: Guenther Reinhardt, Dr. Arnold Hutschnecker, and the Secret History of the 1960 Kennedy/Nixon Election

The Gumshoe and the Shrink: Guenther Reinhardt, Dr. Arnold Hutschnecker, and the Secret History of the 1960 Kennedy/Nixon Election

by David L. Robb
     
 

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Combining a detective story with political intrigue, this recollection delves into the infamous presidential battle between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy—and the lengths to which both parties went to destroy one another. The history introduces two key personalities: a manic-depressive private eye named Guenther Reinhardt and Richard Nixon’s… See more details below

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Combining a detective story with political intrigue, this recollection delves into the infamous presidential battle between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy—and the lengths to which both parties went to destroy one another. The history introduces two key personalities: a manic-depressive private eye named Guenther Reinhardt and Richard Nixon’s psychotherapist, Dr. Arnold Hutschnecker. Illustrating how Reinhardt was hired to destroy the Republican candidate and how he eventually discovered Nixon was in therapy, the study also details how Nixon was already plotting to destroy his rival, revealing that the young and charismatic senator from Massachusetts had his own medical secret. This controversial chronicle features Reinhardt’s full confidential report on Nixon’s treatment as well as Dr. Hutschnecker’s unpublished memoirs, providing many insights into his “forbidden” relationship with the former president and Nixon’s own intriguing psychology. This is the shocking true story of secrets kept and secrets revealed, the men and women who guarded those secrets, and those who would expose them.

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Publishers Weekly
Thrice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, Robb (Operation Hollywood: How the Pentagon Shapes and Censors the Movies) investigates the seldom-told story of a bizarre detective, a skeptical shrink, and their influence on one of America's closest and most dramatic presidential elections-the 1960 race between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. This engrossing narrative shows how Guenther Reinhardt-the titular gumshoe described by former colleagues as "unbalanced" and "messed up"-exposed Nixon's secret meetings with psychotherapist Dr. Arnold Hutschnecker-a self-described pacifist who had narrowly survived a Russian firing squad in WWI-and how this discovery enabled Kennedy to pull ahead and win the presidency that would lead to his untimely death. Robb does an excellent job of exploring the candidates' bitter battle for office-one in which "both sides waged a secret war to destroy the other"-, Nixon's troubled psychology, and the myriad characters that peopled this politically and socially tumultuous era. Drawing from Reinhardt's previously confidential report (printed in an appendix) and Dr. Hutschnecker's unpublished memoirs, this is a story that will interest a wide range of readers, from political historians to fans of high-stakes intrigue.
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"This book has it all—power, wealth, and skullduggery, plus unbridled ambition for the highest stakes imaginable: the White House. Imagine two presidential candidates in 1960—John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon—who checkmate each other's campaigns with the threat of revealing a damaging secret. The fact that this book is true, and scrupulously documented, is chilling." —Kitty Kelley, author, The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty

"An eye-opening look at two interesting, shadowy figures who played unheralded roles in mid-twentieth century America: a private eye who dug up dirt on politicians and a psychotherapist who secretly treated Richard Nixon. Author David Robb digs ups fascinating new material as he traces the intersecting narrative arcs of these two little-known men who had otherwise been lost to history." —Professor Mark Feldstein, Chair of Broadcast Journalism, University of Maryland, author, Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon

"David Robb has returned to the great tradition of the nonfiction novel with his masterful The Gumshoe and the Shrink. Every page, every word lives in the same world we were first introduced to by T. E. White, Tom Wolfe, and Truman Capote—and Robb is every part their equal. But this book goes one step further because it tells a story we have never heard before about one of the most famous men of the twentieth century. In that way, Robb proves himself one of the most important modern historians working today." —Rod Lurie, writer and director, The Contender and Nothing But the Truth

"I thought there was nothing new to be written about the Kennedys. How little I knew!" —Laurence Leamer, author The Kennedy Men, The Kennedy Women, and Madness Under the Royal Palms

"A fascinating, and wonderfully researched historical narrative, The Gumshoe and the Shrink is an important addition the Kennedy/Nixon oeuvre. But the story of Guenther Reinhardt is more than that—it is a powerful reminder of how the American electoral process plays out in the trenches, a cautionary tale of the highest order. David L. Robb reminds us how investigative reporting should be conducted, but rarely is anymore. My fingers are crossed that he will be the one to finally convince us to get serious about policing our electoral process." —Gus Russo, author, The Outfit and Supermob

"This engrossing narrative shows how Guenther Reinhardt—the titular gumshoe described by former colleagues as 'unbalanced' and 'messed up'—exposed Nixon's secret meetings with psychotherapist Dr. Arnold Hutschnecker—a self-described pacifist who had narrowly survived a Russian firing squad in WWI—and how this discovery enabled Kennedy to pull ahead and win the presidency that would lead to his untimely death. . . . Drawing from Reinhardt's previously confidential report (printed in an appendix) and Dr. Hutschnecker's unpublished memoirs, this is a story that will interest a wide range of readers, from political historians to fans of high-stakes intrigue." —Publishers Weekly (March 1, 2012)

"Robb insightfully reveals how a notorious detective and a respected doctor intersected with history through their connections to the political powerhouses of the day. He continues with a recap of the balance of Nixon's political life. This will be very engrossing reading especially for presidential history buffs and conspiracy theorists." —Library Journal (April 2012)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595808509
Publisher:
Santa Monica Press
Publication date:
03/15/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
File size:
1 MB

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