The Making of the President 1960 (Harper Perennial Political by Theodore H. White

By Theodore H. White

A Harper Perennial Political vintage, The Making of the President 1960 is the groundbreaking nationwide bestseller and Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the 1960 presidential crusade and the election of John F. Kennedy. With this narrative heritage of yank politics in motion, Theodore White revolutionized the way in which presidential campaigns are stated. Now again in print, freshly repackaged, and with a brand new foreword written by means of Robert Dallek, The Making of the President 1960 continues to be the main influential e-book concerning the election of John F. Kennedy.

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O’Malley’s devastating decision to rip the Dodgers out of Brooklyn in order to pursue greater profits on the West Coast was, I suspect, one of my first observations regarding the deficiencies of capitalism. But my childhood experiences were not just on the streets of Brooklyn. I will never forget one summer when I was thirteen years old and my parents sent me to the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in Narrowsburg, New York. It was an inexpensive way for kids to get out of the city during the summer. My first summer at the camp was supposed to be four weeks.

My yearbook picture at James Madison High School. (James Madison High School Yearbook) Going to Boy Scout camp changed my life. It turned out that I really liked country living, and I never forgot that. I doubt very much that I would have ended up in Vermont, one of the most rural states in the country, if I hadn’t gone to Scout camp. High school for me, James Madison High School, was not as much fun as my days in elementary school. The school was much larger and, unlike PS 197, where I had known almost all the kids for my whole life, there were a lot of new faces.

The sound engineer kept waving his arms for me to stop, but there it was. My first radio interview—thump, thump, thump. As the campaign proceeded, I did better and became more focused. It was difficult at the beginning, but I became more and more comfortable standing on street corners handing out literature. I discovered that I liked talking to strangers about politics. I also did reasonably well in the debates. I was running against Republican congressman Robert Stafford, the odds-on favorite to win.

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