The Making of the President 1960

The Making of the President 1960

Paperback Harper Perennial Political Classics

By (author) Theodore H. White

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  • Publisher: HarperPerennial
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 201mm x 30mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 3 November 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0061900605
  • ISBN 13: 9780061900600
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 135,244

Product description

This is 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 revolutionised - 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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Author information

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.

Review quote

"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."--New York Times