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1960--LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon: The Epic Campaign That Forged Three Presidencies Paperback – October 5, 2010
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"This is the kind of book that makes reading history enjoyable." --Book News
"among the best political books I've ever read."--Roger Stone
"I flew through this book--partly because I couldn't put it down and partly because it is supremely readable. Pietrusza's research brings us
amazing quotes, and the book features complex characters who are full of enough stories that it's easy to get lost in a book about each of
them individually. In 1960, these individuals are playing a part in the same drama and there is never a moment where you wish the author
would switch back to something more interesting. Every story he tells is interesting."--Anthony Bergen, Dead Presidents blog
"LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon: The Epic Campaign That Forged Three Presidencies aims to take us deeper into the campaign than Theodore
White's famous The Making of the President, 1960. And it does . . ."--The Chicago Sun-Times
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Another reviewer complains there is nothing new here (I suppose if you've read 200 books on the Kennedy assassination you might very well feel overly familiar with the material!). Even if true (it's not), the story has never been better or more completely told.
Pietrusza comes into this with no particular hero and no pony in the race, a fact which makes his analyses far more objective than most any review of the topic. He shows his characters warts and all, while at the same time not descending to the level of a hit piece on any of them. They are what they are: Johnson, Kennedy, Nixon, Humphrey, Stevenson, Eleanor Roosevelt and scores of extras.
While interesting and engaging throughout, where Pietrusza really shines is in his analysis of the strategy and tactics of the four debates that nudged the election to Kennedy and changed modern politics forever.
The release of this book is perfect timing, especially for those who think the art of campaigning was invented yesterday. Pietrusza adds to his ever-more-outstanding body of work and has placed himself in the first tier of writers of popular history. Well done.
It was with some surprise then, that the book was a balanced and comprehensive look at the 1960 election. It was fascinating on many levels, not the least of which was the question of how Candidate Nixon came within an eyelash of defeating the vaunted Kennedy machine. After nearly half a century of Kennedy PR, Camelot and Bobby the Dragon Slayer, one looks back and wonders today, who in their right mind would have ever voted for the evil Richard Nixon.
This book answers that question well and provides an unbelievable look at how, despite all their money, contacts and media, the Kennedys almost blew 1960. And how Nixon, ever the tactician, really was much smarter than anyone ever gave him credit (at least now). This from a Nixon-hater!
The book tracks well the emergence of its central characters from the 1940s through 1959. It does not fall into the trap of getting bogged down in information that, by now, we all know nor does Author Pietrusza fall into another trap of over-emphasizing "new" information that meant little but falls into the category of "gee, look what I found..."
Taken in context, what was interesting about the book was the Kennedy campaign's use of tactics that today are grossly illegal and would have landed the whole bunch of them in a federal prison.Read more ›
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This was a decent history of the election of 1960. There was a lot of tangents so some parts were harder to get through than others but all in all very informative.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
I have read several books about the 1960 election and the run-up to the convention. This includes perspective from Nixon, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Humphrey, and others. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Donald True
Sensational political saga. I lived through those times. Excellent research job.
Having previously read his book on the 1948 Presidential Contest between Harry Truman and Thomas Dewey, I was definitely interested in what David Pietrusza would have to say about... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Michael Griswold
I haven't read this book yet, but if it is anything like his book, "1920, The Year of the Six Presidents" I will surely enjoy it. I appreciate the way that Mr. Read morePublished 12 months ago by The Way Of Zornes Sr.
The interesting perspective in this book is not the animosity between the principals but the fact that there was a bond initially of friendship and genuine intimacy. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rick Mayo
If you are a political junky you will love this book. Brings out all the inside the back room dealings of the 1960 election. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Chris Neville