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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, Romantic and Exciting, March 19, 2005
This review is from: The Making of the President, 1960 (Hardcover)
Journalist Theodore H. White (1915-1986) captured the excitement of the Presidential campaign (and the Pulitzer Prize) with this romantic look at the 1960 race between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. White spent a year on the campaign trail, and his prose makes readers feel as if they're alongside the two young candidates as history plays out. Kennedy was just 43, brilliant, charming and charismatic, while at 47, Nixon was a brooding introvert, but also highly capable. We meet also-rans like Lyndon B. Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Adlai Stevenson and Nelson Rockefeller. We also see the moves of king-makers like Chicago's mayor Richard Daley and Governor David Lawrence (Pennsylvania) in an era where party conventions still chose candidates. Readers get a look at then-vital issues such as religion (Kennedy was Catholic), the Cold War, civil rights, and the effect of the first TV debates in that black-and-white era when quite a few homes still lacked television. Then there's the sprint to finish line as the candidates crisscross the nation in frenzied stumps for votes. Finally, we experience the suspense of election night as the close vote is slowly tallied, ending with a razor-thin margin for Kennedy after the sun rose the next morning.

This superb best-seller isn't flawless. The author favors Kennedy and discounts (or ignores) charges that he was a rich and under-prepared playboy, while also forgiving Nixon's red-baiting, "Tricky Dick" style. Still, THE MAKING OF THE PRESIDENT is an exciting read, and a more optimistic volume than the three nearly-as-good versions the author wrote after the 1964, 1968, and 1972 campaigns.
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Initial post: Jan 14, 2013 4:33:46 AM PST
I think the Governor of Pensylvania was David Lawrence, not Green.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 31, 2013 7:43:16 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 31, 2013 7:43:58 PM PDT
K.A.Goldberg says:
You are right. Thanks.
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