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A New World to Be Won: John Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and the Tumultuous Year of 1960 Hardcover – September 12, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0313397950 ISBN-10: 0313397953

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• Presents for the first time a detailed examination of an incredibly important year that foreshadowed the tumultuous decade of the 1960s

• Highlights key developments and broad trends that shaped present-day America

• Recounts important events that have descended into obscurity, including the Greensboro sit-ins and the shooting down of an American U-2 over the Soviet Union

• Profiles 12 Americans who emerged in 1960 to launch influential careers, including Bob Newhart, Cassius Clay, Harper Lee, and Lamar Hunt

• Photographs of key newsmakers and important events throughout the year

• A bibliography with a detailed listing of more than 400 sources, including oral histories, government publications, memoirs, and journals

• A comprehensive index by name and subject

• Footnotes for the full manuscript

"As the book's title indicates, the duel for the presidency between Kennedy and Nixon lies at the center of the narrative, which is appropriate since both men, as well as the legacies they left, continued to play key factors in our politics throughout the decade. But Thomas also casts a wider net. Using a month-by-month approach, he covers a variety of emerging forces, including civil rights, decolonization in the Third World, and environmentalism. This is a fine retrospective that indicates how we got here from there."



"Thomas's book is a welcome addition to this body of literature, because his framework is broader and more wide-ranging.. . .Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries."



Book Description

In 1960, Pat Robertson created the Christian Broadcasting Network, an issue of Time magazine describes the drug LSD as a useful "facilitating agent" for therapy, and smokers in the United States bought nearly one million cigarettes every minute in that year—truly "a different time." Yet many aspects of what we take for granted in modern American culture were birthed in that critical year over half a century ago.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 407 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (September 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313397953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313397950
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,165,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 4moreshelflife on August 14, 2012
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Nice snapshot of 1960. Month by month, not only the political climate of the day but also quotes of the month from all over the world. Book also has interesting hot topics of the time listed each month along with emerging important people.

Easy to read and has a nice flow to it. Wish more history books were presented this way.
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