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This unvarnished account of the 1960 presidential election, which skewers Theodore White's The Making of the President 1960, with its adoring portrayal of John F. Kennedy, reveals JFK as a skilled politician who defeated Hubert Humphrey in the Democratic primary and Richard Nixon in the general election because of the Kennedy wealth, a talented campaign staff, his mastery of television, his skill at appealing to all Democratic factions, a few well-placed dirty tricks, and fraudulent vote counts in Chicago and Texas. Rorabaugh (Kennedy and the Promise of the Sixties) covers all phases of Kennedy's and Nixon's campaigns, from the primaries through the general election. He shares some of the conclusions reached by David Pietrusza in 1960: LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon: The Epic Campaign That Forged Three Presidencies, including that Kennedy's charm was a decided advantage and that both JFK and Nixon were moderates with similar views on civil rights and defense. The author reflects that Kennedy would have lost if the public felt more comfortable with Nixon and if JFK's vp candidate, Lyndon Johnson, were not a skilled politician who was able to keep many of his fellow Southerners from bolting the party. Although this book is not the page-turner that Pietrusza's is, like the other volumes in the "American Presidential Elections" series, it is a concise, informative, accessible choice for public and academic collections.