The Making of the President, 1960 by Theodore White

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The Making of the President, 1960, written by Theodore White analyzes the 1960 election in which John F. Kennedy was elected President of the United States. The book, written in a novelistic style, traces the 1960 campaign from the primaries (in which John F. Kennedy faced Hubert Humphrey and Senator Wayne Morse) to the conclusion of the general election contest against Richard Nixon. The book had quite an impact on politics and its image. Critics and journalists who had read it were subjected to a shift in their way to describe everyday politic. As said by White in the book itself, it showed a leader under the pressures of circumstances. It reported a presidential battle in a different angle. This literary-journalistic book brought a dramactic point of view on the world of politics and its strategies, victories and defeats. White even noted all intonations and postures of the1960 politicians. A chapter was also devoted on detailing the reasons behind Americans way to vote and their way to live.

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The 557th greatest nonfiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction (Pulitzer Prize)
  2. - 50 Books to (Re-)Read at 50 (nextavenue)

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