The Making of the President 1964

The Making of the President 1964

Theodore H. White

Language: English

Pages: 480

ISBN: 0061900613

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


“[White] revolutionized the art of political reporting.” —William F. Buckley

A national bestseller, The Making of the President 1964 is the critically acclaimed account of the 1964 presidential campaign, from the assassination of JFK though the battle for power between Lyndon B. Johnson and Barry Goldwater. Author Theodore H. White made history with his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Making of the President series—detailed narrative histories that revolutionized the way presidential campaigns were reported. Now back in print with a new foreword by fellow Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham, The Making of the President 1964 joins The Making of the President 1960, 1968, and 1972, as well as Theodore Sorensen’s Kennedy and other classics, in the burgeoning Harper Perennial Political Classics series.

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was so much to be opened on their side, too. The President had mentioned several Republican luminaries whose records were not such as to bear a moralist’s judgment. They had let the Bobby Baker case drop. And the meeting had ended. Both the President’s and the Attorney General’s versions of the conversation agreed on the opening and the closing. The President remembered Bobby saying, as he left, “I could have helped you, Mr. President.” As the President told it, it sounded wistful. As Bobby’s

desire and a decision to let the good in the American spirit play freely over its future. The ultimate paradox of 1964 was that the Americans had chosen one of the most passionately political of all Presidents, who proposed, if he could, to make the Presidency a non-political office; and, if he succeeded, he might set the stage for yet further Acts of Recognition by all those unknown younger leaders of the future, also chosen in 1964. APPENDIX A THE VOTING OF 1964 The table of votes by

done unless Eisenhower took an active role. Eisenhower was due in New York to accept an award at Columbia University on Thursday, November 2 1st, 1963. The following Saturday afternoon they hoped to gather with the General and make him see reason: that Milton could not be nominated, that Goldwater and Rockefeller would split the Party, that they must find a new candidate—and he must lead. Lucius Clay was to be at the meeting. So, too, was Herb Brownell, Dewey’s long-time political chief of

Knowland for just this quality of ponderous respectability. Less than a mile down Wilshire rose the Los Altos Apartments. And here, in the fourth-floor corner suite once occupied by Greta Garbo, the national command of the Goldwater team had arrived in force for its on-the-spot strategy meetings. Here were gathered all those who made up the candidate’s inner group. Denison Kitchel, his chief of staff and Karl Hess, the new speech writer; Clif White and his field operators; Richard Kleindienst

send the Ohio Governor’s plane to Muskegon to bring Nixon to Cleveland if only he would appear on Tuesday. Thus, Monday was a strange day for Nixon—he breakfasted with Romney in Michigan and discussed the general Republican situation in terms on which the two men’s memories completely disagree. In the afternoon Nixon went on to his public appearances in upper Michigan—and, as usual, with no staff but one aide. So he was already exhausted when late Monday evening Governor Rhodes’s plane arrived

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