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By Edmund F. Kallina Jr.

"For nearly part a century The Making of the President, 1960 has stood because the usual paintings in this subject. Kallina has uncovered the mythology of Theodore White's description of Camelot. For the 1st time we have now an independent portrayal of what occurred ahead of, 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 historical 1960 election an analogous manner again."--Matthew Corrigan, writer of Race, faith, and financial switch within the Republican South Kennedy v. Nixon is a publication for everybody who thinks they comprehend what occurred within the pivotal election 12 months of 1960. for 50 years now we have approved 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 identify the parable of Camelot. Now, 5 a long time later, Edmund Kallina deals a clean review of the election's most important and arguable occasions. dependent upon learn carried out at 4 presidential libraries--those of Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon--Kallina is ready to make observations and proportion insights unavailable within the quick aftermath of 1 of the nearest races in American presidential heritage. He describes the strengths and errors 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 heritage and the preferred mind's eye of the U.S..

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Kennedy began to focus his considerable talents on this effort. He possessed many assets but also a few serious liabilities. His youth was against him as the great political bosses of the Democratic Party tended to see him as a young, rich upstart without the qualifications to be president. He also had a serious problem with liberals. The Kennedy family had befriended, supported, and never renounced Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, an association that marked the Massachusetts senator as suspect. John Kennedy supported basic liberal economic and social programs, but he disdained the liberal label and disliked sentimental, emotional appeals.

He possessed a vast amount of charm that he combined with self-assurance and a sense of humor to good effect. That the charm, self-assurance, and humor came with great wealth and good looks made them more potent. These qualities and the wealth came with an absence of self-promotion. Instead, as Florida congressman (later senator) and friend George Smathers observed: “[H]e never kidded himself or had any delusions about himself. ” He loved luxury, enjoyed caviar, and ate it by the spoonful. He was used to wealth and power.

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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