The Making of the President 1960 (Harper Perennial Political Classics)

By Theodore H. White

A Harper Perennial Political vintage, The Making of the President 1960 is the groundbreaking nationwide bestseller and Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the 1960 presidential crusade and the election of John F. Kennedy. With this narrative heritage of yankee politics in motion, Theodore White revolutionized the way in which presidential campaigns are mentioned. Now again in print, freshly repackaged, and with a brand new foreword written by way of Robert Dallek, The Making of the President 1960 continues to be the main influential booklet concerning the election of John F. Kennedy.

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He has therefore come to treat the realm approximately him with a cautious, forbidding suspicion. A brooding, moody guy, given to lengthy stretches of introspection, he trusts in basic terms himself and his wife—and after that his self assurance, in any scenario, is yielded basically to the smallest attainable variety of humans. No different guy, for instance, in the sort of scenario of yankee politics as that during which Nixon discovered himself in the course of the Chicago conference in 1960 may have concluded a mystery compact with Rockefeller in ny and left his closest own aides absolutely and mercilessly uninformed of the transaction. No different candidate of the massive seven operated in 1960 with fewer body of workers or stored extra of the serious judgements in his personal fingers. Richard M. Nixon is a guy of significant talent—but a guy of solitary, doubtful impulse. there's something might be particularly Californian approximately this unusual Nixon uncertainty—and the style within which the it seems that enterprise and resolute guy without warning alterations direction and takes new instructions. it really is as though the altering unsettled society of Southern California during which he grew up had imparted to him a few of its personal crucial uncertainty. His used to be a virtually Horatio Alger boyhood, first at the citrus farm that his mom and dad (transplanted Midwesterners) operated until eventually he was once 9, then within the peaceable Quaker city of Whittier, California. He plodded the sidewalks promoting newspaper subscriptions, used to be janitor of the city swimming pool, cranked do-it-yourself ice cream for events, performed piano at church, starred at the high-school debating workforce. but at the same time he grew, peaceable Whittier, surrounded by means of its orange groves, was once being engulfed within the suburbs of la because the California southland doubled its inhabitants with wanderers and homeseekers from in all places the United States, then doubled back. And it truly is during this tradition of Southern California, the place the artificial and the real, the exquisitely attractive and the grotesquely gruesome, mingle with out contrast that Nixon grew to manhood trying to find id. no longer even political good fortune of the top order appeared to provide him what he sought after. An capable and potent conservative younger Congressman and Senator, he used to be selected to run with Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952 at the Republican nationwide price ticket simply because, as one among his Californian sponsors who was once current on the conclave that selected him stated, “We took Dick Nixon now not simply because he used to be correct wing or left wing—but simply because we have been drained and he got here from California. ” His near-repudiation by means of Eisenhower through the 1952 crusade embittered him deeply, and throughout the 4 years of the 1st Eisenhower time period a distance of character separated them. It was once as though Eisenhower, who units nice shop via men’s success in warfare, in finance, in undefined, couldn't realize the only political fulfillment and skill in Nixon. certainly one of Nixon’s associates nonetheless recalls a telling scene first and foremost of the 1956 crusade. In early fall of that yr, the Republican nationwide Committee had made up our minds to release the nationwide crusade opposed to the Stevenson-Kefauver price ticket from Eisenhower’s Gettysburg farm.

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