The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK’s Five-Year Campaign

The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK’s Five-Year Campaign Author Thomas Oliphant
ISBN-10 1501105566
ISBN-13 9781501105562
Year 2017-05-09
Pages 448
Language English
Publisher Simon & Schuster
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A must read for fans of presidential history USA TODAY Splendida gripping authoritative campaign history The Boston Globe Terrifica tougher and more balanced account of the long campaign than anybodys written yet The Christian Science Monitor A behind the scenes revelatory account of John F Kennedys wily campaign to the White House beginning with his bold failed attempt to win the vice presidential nomination in 1956 A young and undistinguished junior plots his way to the presidency and changes the way we nominate and elect presidents John F Kennedy and his young warriors invented modern presidential politics They turned over accepted wisdom that his Catholicism was a barrier to winning an election and plotted a successful course to that constituency They hired Louis Harrisa polling entrepreneurto become the first presidential pollster They twisted arms and they charmed They lined up party bosses young enthusiasts and fellow Catholics and turned the traditional party inside out The last minute invitation to Lyndon B Johnson for vice president in 1956 surprised them only because they had failed to notice that he wanted it They invented The Missile Gap in the Cold War and out glamoured Richard Nixon in the TV debates Now acclaimed award winning journalists Tom Oliphant and Curtis Wilkie provide the most comprehensive account based on a depth of personal reporting interviews and archives The authors have examined more than 1 600 oral histories at the John F Kennedy library theyve interviewed surviving sources including JFKs sister Jean Smith and they draw on their own interviews with insiders including Ted Sorensen and Arthur Schlesinger Jr From the start of the campaign in 1955 when his father tried to persuade President Johnson to run with JFK as his running mate The Road to Camelot reveals him as a tough shrewd political strategist who kept his eye on the prize This is one of the great campaign stories of all time appropriate for todays political climate

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