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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reissue edition (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061900613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061900617
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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From the Back Cover

Theodore H. White’s landmark Making of the President series revolutionized American political journalism, investing his subject with both epic scope and a fresh frankness about backroom political strategy that was unlike anything that had come before. In this secondvolume of his groundbreaking series, White offers an intimate chronicleof the 1964 campaign for the White House, from the earthshaking tragedy of President Kennedy’s assassination through the battle for power between Lyndon B. Johnson and Barry Goldwater, whose candidacy paved the way for the modern conservative movement. White reports from within both campaigns, bringing to life a turbulent year in America’s history and a furious contest between two tough and seasoned political pros.

About the Author

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 the1960, 1964, 1968, and 1972 presidential elections, all of which are being reissued withnew forewords by Harper Perennial Political Classics. His other books include ThunderOut of China, America in Search of Itself, and In Search of History: A Personal Adventure.

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His style and insight is captivating, educating and interesting.
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I enjoyed it even more than Mr. White's first volume describing the 1960 race between Kennedy and Nixon.
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He was fun to be with and earned the respect of the candidates and the WH reporters as well.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Randy Keehn VINE VOICE on July 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In completing "The Making of the President 1964" I have read all of Theodore White's series. I realized after beginning this book that Mr. White was apparently in awe of one of the subjects of his first book in this series; John F. Kennedy. Admittedly, the assasination of President Kennedy was a major event in our history and it certainly had an effect on the election of 1964. However, White portrays JFK as a man far greater than anyone else in the political world of 1963-64. In doing so, he diminishes his credibility. As a youth in those times, I remember the tragedy of Kennedy's assasination. I ALSO remember the awesomeness of President's Johnson's agenda. I won't debate the pros and cons of the "Great Society". I will, however, acknowledge that LBJ got things done that I don't believe JFK could have. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a prime example. It should have been the Civil Rights Act of 1963 but I don't believe that President Kennedy had the influence or power to have accomplished what President Johnson did. Unfortunately, although White makes allowances for the skills of Lyndon Johnson, the recurring theme in this book is that JFK would have been so much better.

Oh, by the way, there was another man who was involved in this race; Senator Barry Goldwater. White's treatment of Goldwater goes somewhat along the line that the Senator was good company in an after hours social gathering but that he was inept politically. White is especially harsh on Goldwater's vote against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. I recall, from reading his autobiography some years ago, that Goldwater opposed the legislation on Constitutional grounds.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Franklin the Mouse on November 28, 2011
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Mr. White's chronology of the 1964 Presidential race was published in 1965. Our nation was still in shock over the murder of President Kennedy, the Cold War was in full swing, the Civil Rights Movement with multiple race riots was front and center and television news was coming into its own as a powerful, sensationalistic, social medium. The author starts off the book with a riveting account of JFK's assassination which sets the tone for the remainder of the book. It is well-known that Mr. White was enamoured of the Kennedys and it clearly shows in how he portrays them. But beyond his bias and liberal inclinations, the Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist does an outstanding job describing the 1964 run for the White House. Little did Mr. White know that Senator Barry Goldwater's shellacking by President Johnson was the first stirrings of the future Reagan Revolution and that LBJ's presidency would collapse under the storm brewing in Vietnam. The reader will come to understand the power struggle between the Eastern, liberal GOP establishment vs the evergrowing Southern and Western mindset. He does a commendable job of describing both Southern politicians and how their philosophical attitudes about the role of government were very different. The book captures the feel of the times, the behind-the-scenes brawls and shows a vibrant economic country struggling with who we are as a nation? This is a civic lesson with flair. I enjoyed it even more than Mr. White's first volume describing the 1960 race between Kennedy and Nixon. A truly great work of reporting and, yes, art.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Rozsa on December 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As hard as that must be to imagine today, there once was a reporter named Theodore H. White who wrote novel-like books about presidential elections, and actually made his readers feel good about the democratic process afterward. This chronicle about the election of 1964 covers the major people (Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Robert Kennedy, Barry Goldwater, Nelson Rockefeller, William Scranton, Henry Cabot Lodge) and themes (the civil rights movement, the war in Vietnam, the clash between New Deal liberalism and the nascent neo-conservative movement) with a sense of optimism and joy that is all but missing in contemporary political literature. While White fails to recapture the intimacy from the Pulitzer Prize-winning original book (wherein he was practically a member of the Kennedy campaign staff, and thus capable of giving readers an intimate glance at the man himself), he is nevertheless able to bring us closer to the people, the issues, and the sheer joy of politics in the working than any other author could conceivably dream of doing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Fishman on September 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
In this version of The Making of the President, Theodore White provides his usual in-depth analysis of a Presidential election, along with relevant socio-economic and cultural developments. The 1964 Presidential election was based squarely on ideology, as opposed to managerial competence. As Mr. White discusses, Democratic incumbent Lyndon Johnson stood for the idea that for every problem that existed in the USA, the federal govt. had a solution, while his Republican challenger, Sen. Barry Goldwater, saw the federal govt. as the major obstacle to American progress. This sharp ideological difference has often defined American politics since that time.

In addition, Mr. White sets out a coherent explanation of why President Johnson's election was a virtual certainty (along with a wide margin of victory), as Johnson wore the JFK mantle, and most Americans did not want to reject that mantle, at least not so quickly after JFK was assassinated. At the same time, Mr. White makes a genuine effort to portray Sen. Goldwater as being sincere in his views, and as being a decent though widely misunderstood candidate. He also points out that at many times, Sen. Goldwater was his own worst enemy, coming out with statements that played right into the hands of Democratic campaign strategists (i.e., his comments about letting NATO commanders decide when to use "tactical" nuclear weapons against Soviet forces).

Finally, Mr. White explains how this election was, in an important way, the first modern election that was fought along regional lines.
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