The Making of the President 1960

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The greatest political story ever told?the epic clash between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon, as captured in Theodore White's dramatic and groundbreaking chronicle

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 ...

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Overview

The greatest political story ever told—the epic clash between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon, as captured in Theodore White's dramatic and groundbreaking chronicle

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.”
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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061900600
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/3/2009
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 261,480
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.20 (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 January 22, 2012

    Helped a Student Understand US Political Process

    Whites analysis explained the process clear enough for a student in the 1960-72. He helped me make my first Presidential choice in 1972. White also wrote"Making of America Presidential races 1956-1980. " His books belong on political science majors shelve as well as political historian. Miss these sort of works were they available today they would shead more light on the process ;then many people would have a clear understanding of the process. If you think this is not relavite to today . I urge the reader to skip to Kennedy speach of September 1960 . Remove communism and subistute terriorism and you have the issue of religion ,elder,education, health care. Are things that different? This and the other 3 books will change you view of politics in an easy to read format . Enjoy the read!

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