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The 1960 presidential campaign season was dominated by the personalities of three men, each of whom became president. Award-winning author Pietrusza chronicles their roles and character in a stirring, hard-edged political saga. This is no insider account; Pietrusza is not beholden to any of the three candidates, and they are not portrayed sympathetically. Johnson, the product of a hardscrabble existence, is viewed as domineering, obnoxious, and ruthless; yet he was the only true FDR-style liberal of the three, and his concern for the disadvantaged was genuine. Kennedy, in contrast, was laid-back, viewed as lazy or uninteresting by his senatorial colleagues, and seemed to lack any distinct political principles. Nixon was brilliant, suspicious, and prone to self-pity, but he probably had the best mastery of the issues. This is a wide-ranging panorama that includes a vast cast of characters, many of whom seem more appealing than the main protagonists. Included are such notables as the eloquent but arrogant Eugene McCarthy, a passionate and compassionate but seemingly overwhelmed Hubert Humphrey, and a sharply skeptical Martin Luther King Jr. An outstanding reexamination. --Jay Freeman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Here's what Theodore White didn't tell you in 'The Making of the President, 1960.'" --The Denver Post
"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
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 1 month 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 4 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 5 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 10 months ago by Chris Neville
Hindsight is more apt to be 20-20, and this book definitely fills in a lot of blanks. 1960 's election was the first one I took seriously - I voted for Nixon - and stayed up all... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Barbara McArthur
This is a book that gives a true comparison of the three men who would eventually become president. From the political candidate level to the personal level it will tell you things... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Robert E. Dennis
This is the 2nd Presidential Election Book by David Pietrusza I have read. I loved it from start to end! Read morePublished on August 3, 2013 by Richard Vanier