New York: Atheneum, 1961. Book Club Edition. Hardcover. x, 436,  pages. Footnotes. Appendices. Index. Previous owner's mailing label on fep. DJ has wear and tears. Theodore Harold White (May 6, 1915 – May 15, 1986) was an American journalist and historian, known for his reporting from China during WWII and the Making of the President series. White was the first foreigner to report on the Chinese famine of 1942–43 and helped to draw international attention to the shortcomings of the Nationalist government. After leaving Time, he reported on post-war Europe for popular magazines in the early 1950s. He regained national recognition with The Making of the President 1960, whose combination of interviews, reporting, and vivid writing were developed in best-selling accounts of the 1964, 1968, 1972, and 1980 presidential elections, and became a model for later journalists. When Henry R. Luce, the publisher of Time magazine, came to China, he learned of White's expertise, the two bonded, and White became the China correspondent for Time during the war. He was the first foreign journalist to report the Henan Famine and on the strength of the Chinese Communists. Winning the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. this work remains the most influential publication about the 1960 presidential election that made John F. Kennedy the President. William F. Buckley, Jr. wrote an obituary of White in the National Review, saying that "conjoined with his fine mind, his artist's talent, his prodigious curiosity, there was a transcendent wholesomeness, a genuine affection for the best in humankind." He praised White, saying he "revolutionized the art of political reporting." The Making of the President: 1960 revolutionized the way modern presidential campaigns are reported. Reporting from within the campaign for the first time on record, White’s extensive research and access to all parties involved set the bar for campaign coverage and remains unparalleled. White conveyed, in magnificent detail and with exquisite pacing, the high-stakes drama; he painted the unforgettable, even mythic, story of JFK versus Nixon; and most of all, he imbued the nation’s presidential election process with a grandeur that later political writers have rarely matched. The Making of the President 1960, written by journalist Theodore H. White and published in 1961, is a book that recounts and analyzes the 1960 election in which John F. Kennedy was elected President of the United States. The book won the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction and was the first in a series of books by White about American presidential elections. (The others are The Making of the President 1964 (1965), The Making of the President 1968 (1969), and The Making of the President 1972 (1973).) The book traces the 1960 campaign from the primaries (in which Kennedy faced Minnesota Senator Hubert Humphrey and Missouri Senator Stuart Symington) to the conclusion of the general election contest against Richard Nixon. Much of the narrative is written in an almost novelistic style, describing politicians' looks, voices and personalities; but it also contains thought-provoking discussions of various trends in American life and politics. The Making of the President 1960 was a huge success, staying on the best-seller list for more than 40 weeks. Critics and journalists hailed it as a new way of looking at its subject. It had a huge impact on political reporting and even on American politics itself. As White noted, it was an up-close look at a leader under the pressure of circumstances. Its literary-journalistic approach brought a dramatic point of view on the world of politics and its strategies, victories and defeats. One chapter was devoted to detailing the reasons behind Americans' ways of voting and ways of life. White's book, and its successor volumes, inspired a trend toward the production of campaign books and toward a more personality-driven approach to political reporting. David L. Wolper produced a film version of The Making of the President 1960, which was finished shortly before President Kennedy's November 1963 assassination. It was released without revision. Condition: Good / Good.
Keywords: John F. Kennedy, Presidential Campaigns, Presidential Elections, Political Primaries, Richard Nixon, Political Reporting, Hubert Humphrey, Negroes, Civil Rights, Lawrence O'Brien, Kenneth O'Donnell, Bobby Kennedy, Theodore Sorensen, Pierre Salinger