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The Resource The best year of their lives : Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon in 1948 ; learning the secrets of power, Lance Morrow

The best year of their lives : Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon in 1948 ; learning the secrets of power, Lance Morrow

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The best year of their lives : Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon in 1948 ; learning the secrets of power
Title
The best year of their lives
Title remainder
Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon in 1948 ; learning the secrets of power
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Lance Morrow
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Language
eng
Summary
"In 1948, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon were ambitious young congressmen in postwar Washington, all of them at a crucial turning point in their personal lives and public careers. Their future presidencies would dominate American public life from 1961 to 1974 and define one of the country's most turbulent eras. In this portrait, journalist Lance Morrow explores the passions, ambitions, and demons that drove these men, and reflects on the shadow they cast on American culture and memory." "In 1948, LBJ was in a desperate Senate race, running against a more popular candidate in his home state of Texas. Campaigning frantically by helicopter across the state, he won only with the help of corrupt political bosses, whose illegal ballot-stuffing put "Landslide Lyndon" into the Senate by 87 votes. At the same time, the earnest young Congressman Nixon was having his first meetings with Whittaker Chambers, the witness in the Alger Hiss trial that would launch Nixon's political career. It was also the year when Kennedy was still recovering from the near-fatal attack of Addison's disease he had suffered the previous fall. From that point on, he would conceal the truth about his health, just as he concealed his reckless personal life. In all three politicians, Morrow finds a streak of amorality and ruthlessness - each believed that the rules didn't apply to them. Lies of one kind or another - lies they told or lies they exposed - would propel each of them to power; lies would also undo Johnson and Nixon's presidencies, and ultimately tarnish Kennedy's reputation." "Telling the story of the three men and the choices they made in 1948, Morrow also tells the story of America in that year, when it, too, was learning the secrets of power, from the existential force of the atom bomb to America's new role as Cold War superpower. Against a fascinating backdrop - the paranoia of the early Cold War, the Marshall Plan, and the birth of mass consumer culture - Morrow portrays an America coming to grips with the vast changes of the postwar world. The Best Years of Their Lives offers a fresh look at a crucial year in the lives of three presidents."--BOOK JACKET
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Morrow, Lance
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Kennedy, John F.
  • Johnson, Lyndon B.
  • Nixon, Richard M.
  • Legislators
  • Presidents
  • United States
  • United States
Target audience
adult
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The best year of their lives : Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon in 1948 ; learning the secrets of power, Lance Morrow
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Three crises -- The anxiety of the overdog -- Annus mirabilis -- 1: Three young men -- Jack's favorite movie -- The transformation of a quaker boy -- Johnson at bay -- Interlude: the American scene -- Washington -- Brumidi's frescoes and film noir -- Ellis Island, the frontier, and the Taft-Hartley Act -- 2: Families -- The Johnsons of Texas -- The Kennedy's: John Buchan and a strange Irish anglophilia -- The Nixons of California -- Interlude: the world scene -- From society of necessity to society of choice -- Marshall -- Science and discoveries -- 3: Early 1948 -- Lyndon for sale -- Young, obscure and orthogonian -- Jack and Kick: May 1948 -- Interlude: questions of character -- The sinking of PT-109 -- The Caracas thesis -- LBJ's silver star -- 4: Late summer -- The Hiss case -- Lyndon vs. Coke
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xl, 312 pages
Isbn
9780465047239
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780465047239
  • (OCoLC)57549816
Label
The best year of their lives : Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon in 1948 ; learning the secrets of power, Lance Morrow
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Three crises -- The anxiety of the overdog -- Annus mirabilis -- 1: Three young men -- Jack's favorite movie -- The transformation of a quaker boy -- Johnson at bay -- Interlude: the American scene -- Washington -- Brumidi's frescoes and film noir -- Ellis Island, the frontier, and the Taft-Hartley Act -- 2: Families -- The Johnsons of Texas -- The Kennedy's: John Buchan and a strange Irish anglophilia -- The Nixons of California -- Interlude: the world scene -- From society of necessity to society of choice -- Marshall -- Science and discoveries -- 3: Early 1948 -- Lyndon for sale -- Young, obscure and orthogonian -- Jack and Kick: May 1948 -- Interlude: questions of character -- The sinking of PT-109 -- The Caracas thesis -- LBJ's silver star -- 4: Late summer -- The Hiss case -- Lyndon vs. Coke
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xl, 312 pages
Isbn
9780465047239
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780465047239
  • (OCoLC)57549816

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