The Making of the President, 1960

The Making of the President, 1960

Book - 2009 | First Harper Perennial Political Classics edition
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Overview: 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.
Contents: Foreword
Author's note
Part 1
1: Waiting
2: Democrats: first stirrings
3: Republicans: first stirrings
4: Art of the primary: Wisconsin and West Virginia
5: Pre-convention: Democrats
6: Rendezvous at Los Angeles: the democratic convention
7: Republicans: from the summit to Chicago
Part 2
8: Retrospect on yesterday's future
9: Kennedy for president: round one
10: Nixon for president: round one
11: Round two: the television debates
12: Nixon for president: round three
13: Kennedy for president: round three
14: To wake as president
15: View from the White House
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial Political Classics, 2009, ©1961
Edition: First Harper Perennial Political Classics edition
Branch Call Number: 973.922 W PBK
Characteristics: xviii, 400 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780061900600


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White’s book is the urtext of all the modern day campaign narratives, creating a new genre and offering a template for intimate, behind the scenes access to candidates and surrounding it with anecdotes, interesting supporting characters and a finely honed story. With this book White captured the ... Read More »

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Jan 02, 2021

It reads as a bit dated now, but this is an important and influential book and one of the first of its kind. Journalist White covers in detail the 1960 presidential campaign, which came down to Nixon and JFK, which produced one of the most famous televised debates in political history. White captures a lot of good moments and writes well, although he gets a bit dewy eyed about Kennedy, and there is, of course, no mention of his infidelities. It's probably one of the first books to really show how much money and polling are involved in an election.


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