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By Edmund F. Kallina Jr.

ISBN-10: 081303485X

ISBN-13: 9780813034850

"For virtually part a century The Making of the President, 1960 has stood because the average paintings in this subject. Kallina has uncovered the mythology of Theodore White's description of Camelot. For the 1st time we've got an impartial portrayal of what occurred earlier than, in the course of, and after that pivotal election."--Irving F. Gellman, writer of The Contender: Richard Nixon, the Congress Years, 1946-1952 "Readers won't ever examine the ancient 1960 election a similar means again."--Matthew Corrigan, writer of Race, faith, and financial switch within the Republican South Kennedy v. Nixon is a e-book for everybody who thinks they recognize what occurred within the pivotal election yr of 1960. for 50 years we now have authorised Theodore White's premise (from The Making of the President, 1960) that Kennedy ran a super crusade whereas Nixon dedicated blunder after blunder. yet White the journalist used to be a Kennedy partisan and helped determine the parable of Camelot. Now, 5 many years later, Edmund Kallina bargains a clean review of the election's most important and debatable occasions. established upon examine carried out at 4 presidential libraries--those of Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon--Kallina is ready to make observations and percentage insights unavailable within the quick aftermath of 1 of the nearest races in American presidential historical past. He describes the strengths and blunders of both camps, and examines the impression of civil rights, chilly struggle tensions, and the televised presidential debates on an election that also looms huge in either the political background and the preferred mind's eye of the us.

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In a crucial showdown, JFK bested Lodge in a debate. ” John F. Kennedy narrowly won the election in spite of Eisenhower’s massive victory in the state. 33 Although JFK was happy to be out of the House and into the more exclusive Senate, his early years in the upper chamber were undistinguished. He married Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953, but his health continued to be a serious problem, especially in 1954–55. After that, although the back pain remained and he was never completely well, there was some improvement in his condition.

He created in many the impression of an intellectual in politics. With his grace and elegance along with his wealth, John F. Kennedy was a much sought after companion. He did not have to seek out friends and associates; they flocked to him, and he had his choice of friendships and social events. There emerged something of a competition for his attention. He set the tone for his circle, and those who did not conform to his tastes were eliminated. Kennedy did not like pretense and self-importance.

1 There were good reasons for this attitude. His family had more than its share of skeletons to conceal. JFK himself had secrets—most notably his health and his sexual behavior—that he did not wish subjected to scrutiny. The wealth, the power, the secretiveness, and the associated rumors have made it extraordinarily difficult to separate reality from hearsay. The riddle of JFK involves far more than matters of family skeletons, health issues, and womanizing, however. The circumstances of his death and the reaction to it, and the conscious effort to construct a legend surrounding his life and presidency, complicate efforts to penetrate the mythology surrounding John F.

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