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The Making of the President 1964 Paperback – Bargain Price, October 5, 2010
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From the Back Cover
Theodore H. White’s landmark Making of the President series revolutionized American political journalism, investing his subject with both epic scope and a fresh frankness about backroom political strategy that was unlike anything that had come before. In this secondvolume of his groundbreaking series, White offers an intimate chronicleof the 1964 campaign for the White House, from the earthshaking tragedy of President Kennedy’s assassination through the battle for power between Lyndon B. Johnson and Barry Goldwater, whose candidacy paved the way for the modern conservative movement. White reports from within both campaigns, bringing to life a turbulent year in America’s history and a furious contest between two tough and seasoned political pros.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Theodore H. White (19151986) was an American political journalist, historian, and novelist, best known for the Making of the President series: his accounts of the 1960, 1964, 1968, and 1972 presidential elections, all of which are being reissued with new forewords by Harper Perennial Political Classics. His other books include Thunder Out of China, America in Search of Itself, and In Search of History: A Personal Adventure.
Top Customer Reviews
Oh, by the way, there was another man who was involved in this race; Senator Barry Goldwater. White's treatment of Goldwater goes somewhat along the line that the Senator was good company in an after hours social gathering but that he was inept politically. White is especially harsh on Goldwater's vote against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. I recall, from reading his autobiography some years ago, that Goldwater opposed the legislation on Constitutional grounds.Read more ›
That was a lie, unfolding behind the scenes in 1964 with the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, but Americans wouldn't find out about Johnson's Vietnam plan until after he was elected--in the largest landslide in history. White captures the personalities behind the scenes--Johnson's insecurity and how he finally found the love he craved from the crowds that greeted him along the campaign trail.
But he turned victory into defeat, sending combat troops into Vietnam to "not become the president who lost Vietnam like we lost China"--at the height of the war, he had over 500,000 Americans fighting there and the opposition was so great at home that he was forced to not run for reelection in 1968. In the end, Americans lost anyway--and 55,000 Americans died there along with an estimated 2 to 3 million Vietnamese.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the standard on election writing for many years. This was a fascinating campaign, and was the turning point of so much of American politics we still live with today, the beginning... Read morePublished 1 month ago by UES Reader
Great political writing by a reporter who actually knows how to report the facts. . Read the entire series to learn some interesting history.Published 2 months ago by Fishnut 88
I have heard of this series of books all of my life.
Once I read 1960, I had to read the others!
Teddy as we all called him was a great person and a superb writer/reporter. He covered the presidential campaigns first hand. Read morePublished on December 17, 2013 by G. A.
White was a Kennedy/Johnson partisan journalist, and his books are entertaining collections of political anecdotes and trivia, with occasional deeper insights. Read morePublished on September 15, 2013 by TLR
This is a very good book. IT is both interesting and enjoyable, but even more, it provides an insider's view into an important election. Read morePublished on October 8, 2012 by Dr. Jones
So here we have the second installment in The Making of the President series covering the 1964 U.S. Presidential election. Read morePublished on April 29, 2011 by Andrew