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The Making of the President 1964 Paperback – Bargain Price, October 5, 2010
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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.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Theodore H. White (19151986) 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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
"It was over before it began," Theodore H. White acknowledges near the end of his history of the campaign, "The Making Of The President 1964." "The issue had been decided long before - perhaps within minutes of the fatal shot at Dallas."
That shooting in Dallas, almost a year before the election proper, is the setting for the opening of the book, and it offers a vivid account of just what was going on in those chaotic initial minutes and hours after John F. Kennedy's murder. White describes the funeral procession, the carting up of Kennedy's possessions in the Oval Office, and the rent feelings of the nation with sharply-focused prose that reads like poetry.
White seems less engaged in the rest of his narrative. His heart obviously broken by the death of Kennedy, a personal friend, he is at a loss to describe the principal combatants of this campaign. Johnson was an outsider to the Kennedy circle still smarting over the East Coast Establishment types who rejected him. LBJ wouldn't give White so much as a single interview for his book, as White makes clear in a cagey footnote. Barry Goldwater, the Republican challenger, is more welcoming but no less aloof, and inscrutable to White, a moderate liberal who can't fathom how such an extremist got the reins of a major party.Read more ›
Author Theodore H. White (1915-1986) was a superb political journalist, and few have ever matched his chronicles of U.S. politics. This book isn't his best effort, but it's clearly a valuable one.
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I have heard of this series of books all of my life.
Once I read 1960, I had to read the others!
Well researched and well written, this book followed White's pioneering "The Making of the President 1964" and is deservedly a classic. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Elisa 20
Teddy as we all called him was a great person and a superb writer/reporter. He covered the presidential campaigns first hand. Read morePublished on December 17, 2013 by G. A.
White was a Kennedy/Johnson partisan journalist, and his books are entertaining collections of political anecdotes and trivia, with occasional deeper insights. Read morePublished on September 15, 2013 by TLR
I wish White was writing about the presidential elections today. His style and insight is captivating, educating and interesting. Read morePublished on September 3, 2013 by avidreader
This is a very good book. IT is both interesting and enjoyable, but even more, it provides an insider's view into an important election. Read morePublished on October 8, 2012 by Dr. Redhawk
So here we have the second installment in The Making of the President series covering the 1964 U.S. Presidential election. Read morePublished on April 29, 2011 by Andrew
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... Read morePublished on September 2, 2007 by Robert Fishman