The First Modern Campaign: Kennedy, Nixon, and the Election of 1960 Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0742548008
ISBN-10: 0742548007
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From Publishers Weekly

There will be no serious dispute about this book's basic, and frequently repeated, argument—that the 1960 election was the first modern presidential election, principally because of the centrality of the nation's very first televised debates. Nor will any of the details about which the author writes be new to knowledgeable readers. But what Donaldson (Liberalism's Last Hurrah: The Presidential Campaign of 1964) does achieve is to gather everything about that pivotal election season in a fast-paced, comprehensive tale. He brings the day's leading historical characters alive in all their complexity, diversity and skills. Sympathetic to them yet objective about their strengths and weaknesses, he lets contemporaries do the criticizing in their own words while he observes them from above the fray—all, save John Kennedy, making their way through the usual political thickets to defeat. Donaldson is particularly good at analyzing the divisions within the two major parties, especially those of the Republicans, and in assessing the role of religion in the campaign. One comes away with a heightened appreciation of Nixon's clarity of understanding, Kennedy's distinctive energy and the origins of the right's grievances, which eventually led to its takeover of the Republican Party. (July)
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--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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Donaldson . . . gathers everything about that pivotal election season in a fast-paced, comprehensive tale. . . . [He] is particularly good at analyzing the divisions within the two major parties, especially those of the Republicans, and in assessing the role of religion in the campaign. One comes away with a heightened appreciation of Nixon's clarity of understanding, Kennedy's distinctive energy and the origins of the right's grievances, which eventually led to its takeover of the Republican Party. ― Publishers Weekly

The book is a pleasant read that weaves interesting anecdotes and insights to provide a lively account of party politics in the 1950s and the campaign and election of 1960. . . . Recommended. ―
CHOICE

Donaldson's brevity and thematic unity make this book an excellent choice for undergraduates. . . . Donaldson's ability to tell a good story combines nicely with a thorough survey of scholarly works and manuscript collections. ―
Journal of American History

In this lively and informative book Gary A. Donaldson provides readers with a number of important insights into American politics. ―
Journal of Southern History

The First Modern Campaign promises to be a more evenhanded treatment of the candidates, and it delivers on this promise. Donaldson has done extensive archival research and brings his revealing findings to bear at numerous points in his narrative. The strength of the book is in its fast-paced yet thorough account of the Kennedy-Nixon combat. Donaldson does an equally good job sketching the political background for the 1960 election and describing the pivotal events of the campaign. ― The Historian

Gary A. Donaldson has crafted a brisk, well-researched account of the dramatic confrontation between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon in the 1960 presidential election. Readers will find this engaging narrative a compelling introduction to the race for the White House that shaped American politics for many decades. -- Lewis L. Gould, author of Grand Old Party: A History of the Republicans

Theodore H. White's
The Making of the President 1960 established the popular genre of insider campaign narratives and remains the most famous book of all campaign books. Prospective readers of The First Modern Campaign will want to know what is different and new about this new account of the 1960 election. Gary A. Donaldson tackles his Theodore White problem in a preface and makes an important claim: for all of its virtues, White's version of the 1960 election was marred by his romanticized portrait of John F. Kennedy. The First Modern Campaign promises to be a more evenhanded treatment of the candidates, and it delivers on this promise. ― The Historian --This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00E2Q7AD8
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 15, 2007)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 15, 2007
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2424 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 210 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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