"This book has it all—power, wealth, and skullduggery, plus unbridled ambition for the highest stakes imaginable: the White House. Imagine two presidential candidates in 1960—John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon—who checkmate each other's campaigns with the threat of revealing a damaging secret. The fact that this book is true, and scrupulously documented, is chilling." —Kitty Kelley, author, The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty
"An eye-opening look at two interesting, shadowy figures who played unheralded roles in mid-twentieth century America: a private eye who dug up dirt on politicians and a psychotherapist who secretly treated Richard Nixon. Author David Robb digs ups fascinating new material as he traces the intersecting narrative arcs of these two little-known men who had otherwise been lost to history." —Professor Mark Feldstein, Chair of Broadcast Journalism, University of Maryland, author, Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon
"David Robb has returned to the great tradition of the nonfiction novel with his masterful The Gumshoe and the Shrink. Every page, every word lives in the same world we were first introduced to by T. E. White, Tom Wolfe, and Truman Capote—and Robb is every part their equal. But this book goes one step further because it tells a story we have never heard before about one of the most famous men of the twentieth century. In that way, Robb proves himself one of the most important modern historians working today." —Rod Lurie, writer and director, The Contender and Nothing But the Truth
"I thought there was nothing new to be written about the Kennedys. How little I knew!" —Laurence Leamer, author The Kennedy Men, The Kennedy Women, and Madness Under the Royal Palms
"A fascinating, and wonderfully researched historical narrative, The Gumshoe and the Shrink is an important addition the Kennedy/Nixon oeuvre. But the story of Guenther Reinhardt is more than that—it is a powerful reminder of how the American electoral process plays out in the trenches, a cautionary tale of the highest order. David L. Robb reminds us how investigative reporting should be conducted, but rarely is anymore. My fingers are crossed that he will be the one to finally convince us to get serious about policing our electoral process." —Gus Russo, author, The Outfit and Supermob
"This engrossing narrative shows how Guenther Reinhardt—the titular gumshoe described by former colleagues as 'unbalanced' and 'messed up'—exposed Nixon's secret meetings with psychotherapist Dr. Arnold Hutschnecker—a self-described pacifist who had narrowly survived a Russian firing squad in WWI—and how this discovery enabled Kennedy to pull ahead and win the presidency that would lead to his untimely death. . . . Drawing from Reinhardt's previously confidential report (printed in an appendix) and Dr. Hutschnecker's unpublished memoirs, this is a story that will interest a wide range of readers, from political historians to fans of high-stakes intrigue." —Publishers Weekly (March 1, 2012)
"Robb insightfully reveals how a notorious detective and a respected doctor intersected with history through their connections to the political powerhouses of the day. He continues with a recap of the balance of Nixon's political life. This will be very engrossing reading especially for presidential history buffs and conspiracy theorists." —Library Journal
David L. Robb is an award-winning freelance journalist who has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize three times. He is the author of Operation Hollywood: How the Pentagon Shapes and Censors the Movies. His work has been featured in Daily Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, LA Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the Nation, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. He lives in Los Angeles.