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In The Making of the President 1972, the fourth volume of narrative history of American politics in action, Theodore H. White brings his defining quartet of campaign narratives to a surprising and riveting close. The consummate journalist, White chronicles both the Democratic and the Republican parties as they jockeyed for position toward the end of Richard M. Nixon’s turbulent first term. He illuminates the cinematic moments that shaped the campaign—the attempt on George Wallace’s life, Edmund Muskie crying in the snow in New Hampshire, the swift rise and fall of Tom Eagleton, and the ongoing anguish of Vietnam—leading inexorably to a second chaotic collapse among the Democrats and a landslide victory for Nixon. Yet even as the president’s highest ambitions were confirmed, White watches aghast as the “new Nixon” of 1968 is eclipsed by the corrupt Nixon of old—a Shakespearean conclusion to an astonishing political epoch.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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.
It's too bad we don't have the deference for politicians that we once did. Have politicians changed or have we? Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sandy Bickel
I wish White was writing about the presidential elections today. His style and insight is captivating, educating and interesting. Read morePublished 12 months ago by avidreader
Here is the fourth and final installment of Theodore White's The Making of the President series of books covering the 1972 presidential election. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Andrew Collins
"In Delaware, a Democratic county committeeman told her friends, `The only way to save this party is for us to lose big. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Steven Travers
While attending the 1972 Democratic Convention, New York City Mayor John Lindsay watched the comedy of errors around him and stated, "This party seems to have an instinct for... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Franklin the Mouse
Many years ago I got Kennedy's case. It was a revelation.
I do not know anything better to present political campaings at its best. Read more
As the last of four successive accounts of presidential campaigns linked by their titles and author, "The Making Of The President 1972" is a remarkable end note to a series that... Read morePublished on January 6, 2005 by Bill Slocum