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The Making of the President, 1960 : The Landmark Political Series

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The groundbreaking national bestseller and Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the 1960 presidential campaign, this work stands as "a masterpiece . . . full of deep insights into political power in America and how our democracy works in choosing the president (William L. Shirer).

A Harper Perennial Political Classic, The Making of the President 1960 is the groundbreaking national bestseller and Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the 1960 presidential campaign and the election of John F. Kennedy.

The Making of the President: 1960 revolutionized the way modern presidential campaigns are reported. Reporting from within the campaign for the first time on record, White's extensive research and access to all parties involved set the bar for campaign coverage and remains unparalleled. White conveyed, in magnificent detail and with exquisite pacing, the high-stakes drama; he painted the unforgettable, even mythic, story of JFK versus Nixon; and most of all, he imbued the nation's presidential election process with a grandeur that later political writers have rarely matched.


Series Title
Harper Perennial Political Classics
Book Format
Original Languages
Number of Pages
Theodore H White
Publication Date
November, 2009
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.06 x 5.48 x 1.04 Inches

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It is fascinating to r...

It is fascinating to read an "in-the-moment" account of history, as opposed to a historical look back at history. This really gave me a great sense of the issues of the day and the sense of driven energy JFK used, not to mention a good bit of family connections and money, to win the 1960 Presidential race. It also was interesting to see how when the chips were down, Kennedy acted without regard to politics, calling Coretta Scott King at a crucial moment in the campaign. Nixon, in contrast, refused to comment because that was the politically astute play, in his mind. Nixon considered the political outcome, rather than the morality of his action, or inaction. In that sense, JFK earned the right to be President.

This first up close, a...

This first up close, and personal, view of a presidential campaign was quickly imitated but never equaled or surpassed, even when White went on to cover and write future campaigns. Evocative reading about a time long past. Be warned: The Kennedy charm, before we all recognized it, worked on White too.

A great political stor...

A great political story . I look forward to the later elections too.

I read this still exul...

I read this still exulting in the magnificent victory of JFK in 1960 and this book enabled me to relive that glorious political year.

Ah, that politics were...

Ah, that politics were so accessible today. A fine work of the subtleties of political struggle.

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