Kennedy and Nixon The Rivalry That Shaped Postwar America

ISBN-10: 1451644280
ISBN-13: 9781451644289
Edition: 2011
Authors: Chris Matthews
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 11/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

First as friends, then as bitter enemies, John Kennedy and Richard Nixon shared a rivalry that had a dramatic impact on American history and that has never been understood until now. One would become the most dashing figure of the post-World War II era, the other would live into his eighties, haunted and consumed by the rivalry. In Kennedy and Nixon, Christopher Matthews offers a fresh and surprising look at these two political giants, offering a stunning portrait that will change the way we think about both of them. John Kennedy and Richard Nixon shared a dream of being the great young leader of their age. Starting as congressmen in the class of 1946, the two men developed a friendship and admiration for each other that would last for more than a decade. But what drove history, Matthews shows, was the enmity between these two towering figures whose 1960 presidential contest would set the nation's bitter course for years to come. In this startling dual portrait - a modern-day Amadeus, with Nixon as the talented, frustrated, always outdone Salieri to Kennedy's Mozart, the charismatic genius - Matthews shows how the early fondness between the two men (Kennedy told a trusted friend that if he didn't receive the Democratic nomination in 1960, he would vote for Nixon) degenerated into distrust and paranoia, the same emotions that, in the early 1970's, ravaged the nation. Christopher Mattew's revealing book sheds new light on this complicated relationship and the role that it played in shaping America's history.

Chris Matthews was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 17, 1945. He is a 1967 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and he did graduate work in economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served in the United States Peace Corps in Swaziland from 1968 to 1970 as a trade development adviser. He is a news anchor and political commentator, known for his nightly hour-long talk show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, which is televised on MSNBC. On weekends he hosts the syndicated NBC News produced panel discussion program, The Chris Matthews Show. He has written several books including Kennedy and Nixon: The Rivalry that Shaped Postwar America, Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero, American: Beyond Our Grandest Notions, Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think, and Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked.

Dramatis Personae
Introduction
Students
World War II Was Their Greatest Campaign Manager
Strangers on a Train
While Kennedy Slept
The Castle or the Outhouse!
Cloth Coats and Lace Curtains
Hall Mates
Profiles in Ambition
Two Men on Third
Kennedy Versus Nixon
The Great Debate
Bearing Any Burden
The Verdict
If
Bay of Pigs
Coup de Gr�ce
Diem
Dallas
Eternal Flame
The New Nixon
1968
Haunting
Escalation
Interlude
Targeting Teddy
Smoking Gun
Kennedy Versus Nixon-Again
Death of a Presidency
Epilogue: Twilight Struggle
Afterword: The White House Tapes
Notes
Index

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