|From the Award-Winning Author of 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents
—Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Caro
" a must-read"
—Joe Scarborough, MSNBC
"Almost half a century after Theodore White's The Making of the
President, 1960, Pietrusza (1920: The Year of the Six Presidents) raises
the bar with his winning and provocative chronicle. . . . Highly
recommended . . . "
—Library Journal (starred review)
"Pietrusza is not beholden to any of the three candidates . . . a wide-
ranging panorama that includes a vast cast of characters . . .
An outstanding reexamination"
"[A] colorful, character-driven narrative. . . .
A lively look at the underside of a campaign."
"Historian and author Pietrusza provides a revisionist 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
—Book News (©Book News Inc., Portland, OR www.booknews.com)
"Vote-buying, backroom deals and other unsavory aspects of the
American political system are difficult to get away with in the age of
cell phone cameras, blogs a voracious 24 hour news cycle. But as
recently as a half-century ago such tactics were not uncommon in
American politics, and in the election of 1960 they played a significant
role in electing a president. David Pietrusza's 1960: LBJ vs. JFK vs
Nixon: The Epic Campaign that Forged Three Presidencies weaves
together a stunning tale of closed-door political intrigue during a
period of rapid change in American society.
"The political machinations of Joe Kennedy, father of Massachusetts
Sen. John F. Kennedy, are laid bare in Pietrusza's compelling tale.
During the West Virginia Democratic primary Kennedy's minions were
not shy about spreading around campaign cash to achieve their
desired result. Meanwhile Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson's
late entry into the presidential contest, at the Democratic convention
in Los Angeles, forced party stalwarts to take sides against two
powerful forces who would soon team up on a national ticket as a
matter of convenience. Republican Vice President Richard Nixon,
meanwhile, had to do battle with rising conservative forces within his
own party and a less-than-enthusiastic endorsement by his one-time
political patron, President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
"Pietrusza's '1960' is essential for understanding the political forces
that in many ways shaped the world we live in today. This book should
be an anchor of any political library."
author of Going Dirty: The Art of Negative Campaigning
and senior editor at POLITICO
"manages to shed fresh details on that year’s epic"
—Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL)
"among the best political books I've ever read."
—Political consultant Roger Stone
"I flew through this book—partly because I couldn’t put it down and
partly because it is supremely readable. Pietrusza’s research brings us
amazing quotes, and the book features complex characters who are
full of enough stories that it’s easy to get lost in a book about each of
them individually. In 1960, these individuals are playing a part in the
same drama and there is never a moment where you wish the author
would switch back to something more interesting. Every story he tells
—Anthony Bergen, Dead Presidents blog
"Here's what Theodore White didn't tell you in
'The Making of the President, 1960.'"
—The Denver Post
"LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon: The Epic Campaign That Forged Three
Presidencies aims to take us deeper into the campaign than Theodore
White's famous The Making of the President, 1960. And it does . . ."
—The Chicago Sun-Times
"full of lively quotations"
—Presidential Studies Quarterly
"one of the best history books I've ever read. . . . Pietrusza writes in a
conversational story-telling style that's part tabloid, part historian,
telling a lot that the newspapers would never have dared report. . . .
You could read 50 biographies of JFK or Nixon and still learn many
new things in this book. . . . If you're a history geek and want a read
that's fun, but informative and historically accurate, I highly
recommend this book for your reading pleasure."
—Presidential History Geeks blog
"recommended . . . Another corrective to the flaws in [Theodore S.]
White's work. Pietrusza . . . wrote . . . decades after the 1960 election,
so [he] had a more expansive and dispassionate perspective than
White and access to information the Kennedy camp worked
hard to keep from the public."
—Jason Maoz, JewishPress.com
"wonderfully informative and entertaining"
—Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch and author of the New
York Times bestseller The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the
"one of the best books about American politics ever written. . . . I
learned something new on every page. . . . The politics and culture of
the time are recreated in a vivid, well-told way. . . . objective and even-
handed. Every intelligent American- and indeed, any intelligent
foreigner interested in American history and American politics,
should read this fine book."
—Dr. Joseph A. Harder
"a riveting, larger-than-life page turner"
"engaging and entertaining . . . A must-read for anyone interested in
presidential politics . . . a great account of one of the more interesting
presidential races in US history. This book is really a mix of history
and a bit of soap opera. Lots of juicy background information and it
really does make you think differently of all three of these presidents.
The author simply does not play favorites . . ."
"Best political book I've read . . . haven't been able to put it down
. . . how you want your political history . . .
a jaw-dropping fact on nearly every page."
"This is the third of David Pietrusza's election year books I've read—
the other two were 1920 and 1948—and I recommend them highly.
They are light and breezy. He manages to find sympathetic faces in
largely unsympathetic crowds without whitewashing the major
players—and he manages to find major players unsympathetic without
mistaking them for interchangeable. He could keep writing these for
every American election as far as I'm concerned, and I'd keep reading
them. 1864! 1900! There are dozens of elections yet to go before he
gets to the ones that are uneasily close to Right Now."