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Kennedy v. Nixon [electronic resource] : the presidential election of 1960 /
Edmund F. Kallina Jr.
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Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2010.
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xiv, 289 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
9780813034850 (alk. paper)
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Book
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Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2010.
isbn
9780813034850 (alk. paper)
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contents note
National party politics in the 1950s -- Kennedy and Nixon before 1960 -- John F. Kennedy and the Democratic nomination -- Richard M. Nixon and the Republican nomination -- The general election campaign, July 28-September 25 -- The general election campaign, September 26-October 21 -- Civil rights and the general election campaign -- The final days of the general election campaign, October 22-November 7 -- November 8, 1960, and its aftermath -- The myths of 1960.
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8380848
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 261-277) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2011-04-01:
Despite an impressive recent bevy of books on the presidential election of 1960, such as William J. Rorabaugh's The Real Making of the President: Kennedy, Nixon, and the 1960 Election (CH, Sep'09, 47-0483), Kallina (Univ. of Central Florida) brushes off the familiar stories associated with one of the most pivotal elections of the 20th century. Publishing his book on the 50th anniversary of the election, Kallina's real purpose is to strip away the mythology of Camelot that was erected by "court historians" and courtiers such as Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and Theodore White immediately after Kennedy's assassination. This revisionist account turns many of the assumptions about this election on their heads. Going into the first televised debates between the two presidential candidates, Nixon considered himself to have the upper hand, based on Kennedy's fumbled acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention that summer. Likewise, Nixon had higher approval ratings with the NAACP and such luminaries as Jackie Robinson, yet he failed to attract black voters because his campaign staff lacked the necessary infrastructure to capture their critical support. Specialists and general readers alike will be rewarded with this new, valuable addition to the literature on this historic election. Summing Up; Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. B. Miller University of Cincinnati
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"For almost half a centuryThe Making of the President, 1960has stood as the standard work on this topic. Kallina has exposed the mythology of Theodore White''s description of Camelot. For the first time we have an unbiased portrayal of what happened before, during, and after that pivotal election."--Irving F. Gellman, author of The Contender: Richard Nixon, the Congress Years, 1946–1952 "Readers will never look at the historic 1960 election the same way again."--Matthew Corrigan, author of Race, Religion, and Economic Change in the Republican South Kennedy v. Nixonis a book for everyone who thinksi>they know what happened in the pivotal election year of 1960. For fifty years we''ve accepted Theodore White''s premise (fromThe Making of the President, 1960) that Kennedy ran a brilliant campaign while Nixon committed blunder after blunder. But White the journalist was a Kennedy partisan and helped establish the myth of Camelot. Now, five decades later, Edmund Kallina offers a fresh overview of the election''s most critical and controversial events. Based upon research conducted at four presidential libraries--those of Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon--Kallina is able to make observations and share insights unavailable in the immediate aftermath of one of the closest races in American presidential history. He describes the strengths and mistakes of bothcamps, and examines the impact of civil rights, Cold War tensions, and the televised presidential debates on an election that still looms large in both the political history and the popular imagination of the United States.
Description for Bookstore
"For almost half a centuryThe Making of the President, 1960has stood as the standard work on this topic. Kallina has exposed the mythology of Theodore White's description of Camelot. For the first time we have an unbiased portrayal of what happened before, during, and after that pivotal election."--Irving F. Gellman, author ofThe Contender: Richard Nixon, the Congress Years, 19461952 "Readers will never look at the historic 1960 election the same way again."--Matthew Corrigan, author ofRace, Religion, and Economic Change in the Republican South Kennedy v. Nixonis a book for everyone whothinksthey know what happened in the pivotal election year of 1960. For fifty years we've accepted Theodore White's premise (fromThe Making of the President, 1960) that Kennedy ran a brilliant campaign while Nixon committed blunder after blunder. But White the journalist was a Kennedy partisan and helped establish the myth of Camelot. Now, five decades later, Edmund Kallina offers a fresh overview of the election's most critical and controversial events. Based upon research conducted at four presidential libraries--those of Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon--Kallina is able to make observations and share insights unavailable in the immediate aftermath of one of the closest races in American presidential history. He describes the strengths and mistakes ofbothcamps, and examines the impact of civil rights, Cold War tensions, and the televised presidential debates on an election that still looms large in both the political history and the popular imagination of the United States.
Description for Bookstore
"For almost half a century The Making of the President, 1960 has stood as the standard work on this topic. Kallina has exposed the mythology of Theodore White's description of Camelot. For the first time we have an unbiased portrayal of what happened before, during, and after that pivotal election." --Irving F. Gellman, author of The Contender: Richard Nixon, the Congress Years, 19461952 "Readers will never look at the historic 1960 election the same way again." --Matthew Corrigan, author of Race, Religion, and Economic Change in the Republican South Kennedy v. Nixon
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Cast of Charactersp. xi
Introductionp. 1
National Party Politics in the 1950sp. 4
Kennedy and Nixon before 1960p. 25
John F. Kennedy and the Democratic Nominationp. 49
Richard M. Nixon and the Republican Nominationp. 81
The General Election Campaign, July 28-September 25p. 97
The General Election Campaign, September 26-October 21p. 117
Civil Rights and the General Election Campaignp. 135
The Final Days of the General Election Campaign, October 22-November 7p. 158
November 8, 1960, and Its Aftermathp. 177
The Myths of 1960p. 201
Appendixp. 215
Notesp. 217
Sourcesp. 261
Indexp. 279
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