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Political Science classic,
This review is from: The Making of the President, 1960 (Hardcover)
Theodore White's book, Making of the President: 1960, is considered a classic work of campaign reporting. Although the publishers were originally skeptical of how well the public would receive a book like this, they published White's book anyway. It was an instant best seller, and White was contracted to do works on the campaigns of 1964, 1968, and 1972 (long since out of print).
The book is a classic and well worth purchasing. His analysis of the campaign is thoughtful and still timely. White's writing style sets up the campaign as a classic battle between two strong-willed men. This narrative style works so well because of his main characters, Kennedy and Nixon. Both were emminently qualified and solid men, but personality wise, light years apart. My only minor quibble with it is that he spends much more time with Kennedy than with Nixon. The author was obviously better received by members of the Kennedy campaign. As a result, the Kennedy sections of the book are not only bigger, but better and more in depth.
In later years, White would be accused of creating "Camelot" to describe the JFK White House. Indeed, he wrote the eulogy for JFK in which the phrase first appeared (dictated to him by Jackie Kennedy). In "MOTP -- 1960," one can see "Camelot" forming, but it's not there yet. As a result, this book is still fairly even-handed in its conclusions.
This book deserves a place on any historian's shelf.