The Making of the President 1960 by Theodore H. White

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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 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.


About Theodore H. White

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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 the 1960, 1964, 1968, and 1972 presidential elections, all of which are being reissued with new forewords by Harper Perennial Political Classics. His other books include Thunder Out of China, America in Search of Itself, and In Search of History: A Personal Adventure.
Published October 14, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 434 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, History. Non-fiction

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In the 1960s several factors came together to change the way American politics was both played and perceived, and the journalist Theodore H.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Political history junkies will be fascinated by this set of three TV documentaries made in the aftermath, respectively, of the 1960, 1964 and 1968 presidential elections.

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The Weekly Standard

Many of these offer very little beyond cheap political thrills—White’s 1960 book reads like JFK fan fiction—but the genre is not without its valuable examples.

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The Trades

I have never read any of the books, but I found the documentaries a brilliant look back at the race for the American presidency of a rather tumultuous decade.

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