The Road to Camelot

The Road to Camelot

Inside JFK's Five-year Campaign

Book - 2017 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
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"A must-read for fans of presidential history." -- USA TODAY

"Splendid...a gripping, authoritative campaign history." -- The Boston Globe

"Terrific...a tougher and more balanced account of the long campaign than anybody's written yet." -- The Christian Science Monitor

A behind-the-scenes, revelatory account of John F. Kennedy's 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 Harris--a polling entrepreneur--to 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; they've interviewed surviving sources, including JFK's 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 today's political climate.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501105562
Branch Call Number: 973.922092 Oli
Characteristics: x, 433 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Wilkie, Curtis - Author


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Mar 07, 2017

This is an interesting book, aimed at either the JFKphiles or political wonkie types, but enlightening and highly informative nonetheless.
It also lays the framework for a reader further interested in the Real JFK Administration - - which was sadly too brief, yet accomplished much! True, LBJ rescinded Executive Order 11110 while aboard Air Force One enroute to Washington, D.C., after the horrible murder of President Kennedy, as he flipped on the Indonesia agreement, engineered by President Kennedy to benefit both their government and the oil companies [Johnson would send in the CIA, murdering many thousands, and no complaints from those oil companies {Stanvac and Caltex, both Rockefeller} when the union organizers who worked there were killed], just as the Alliance For Progress was completely altered after the JFK assassination, just as LBJ flipped on Kennedy's planned Vietnam withdrawal!
Real history can be far more interesting than all the Fake News Revisionism these past fifty-some years!

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