LBJ Vs. JFK Vs. Nixon : the Epic Campaign That Forged Three PresidenciesBook - 2008
A sampling of what Theodore White couldn’t chronicleand David Pietrusza does:
· Richard Nixon’s tempestuous Iowa backseat blowup, and his bizarre Election Day road trip
· The full story of a sympathetic call from JFK to Coretta Scott King
· John Ehrlichman’s spy missions on the Nelson Rockefeller and Democratic camps
· The warnings before Election Day that Chicago’s mayor Daley would try to fix the race’s outcome
· JFK’s amphetamine-fueled debate performance
Baker & Taylor
Describes the close 1960 presidental election between John Kennedy and Richard NIxon, discussing the campaign, the televsion debates, and the influence of the vice-presidental picks on the outcome.
Historian and author Pietrusza provides a revionist view of the 1960 presidential campaigns that pitted John F. Kennedy against Lyndon B. Johnson, then against Richard M. Nixon--and greatly influenced their individual presidencies. The book has the tone of a thriller complete with suspense and twists and turns, but is based on the author's examinations of five decades of primary and secondary sources. Fresh details illustrate Kennedy's well-hidden self- destructive behavior, Johnson's insecurities, and Nixon's adversarial relationship with the news media. This is the kind of book that makes reading history enjoyable. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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. Award-winning author Pietrusza chronicles the pivotal 1960 presidential race.