1960: LBJ vs JFK vs Nixon: The Epic Campaign That

Subject: History: U.S.: 20th Century  
Grade Level:  adults
Catalog #  HIST39991
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Author: David Pietrusza
Binding:  Paperback  
Copyright Year:  2008  
 


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It was the election that would ultimately give America "Camelot" and its tragic aftermath, a momentous contest when three giants who each would have a chance to shape the nation battled to win the presidency. Combining an engaging narrative with exhaustive research, Pietrusza chronicles the pivotal election of 1960, in which issues of civil rights and religion (Kennedy was only the second major-party Roman Catholic candidate ever) converged. The volatile primary clash between Senate Majority leader LBJ and the young JFK culminated in an improbable fusion ticket. The historic, legendary Kennedy-Nixon debates followed in its wake. The first presidential televised debates, they forever altered American politics when an exhausted Nixon was unkempt and tentative in their first showdown. With 80 million viewers passing judgment, Nixon's poll numbers dropped as the charismatic Kennedy's star rose. Nixon learned his lesson - resting before subsequent debates, reluctantly wearing makeup, and challenging JFK with a more aggressive stance - but the damage was done.

There's no one better to convey the drama of that tumultuous year than Pietrusza. He has 1,000 secrets to spill; a fascinating cast of characters to introduce (including a rogue's gallery of hangers-on and manipulators); and towering historical events to chronicle. And all of it is built on painstaking research and solid historical scholarship. Pietrusza tracks down every lead to create a winning, engaging, and very readable account.

Note: This book is 'remaindered' and may have marks on the cover and/or bottom of pages.

 

 

 

 

 

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