A New World to Be Won: John Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and the by G. Scott Thomas


By G. Scott Thomas

In 1960, attitudes have been altering; limitations have been falling. It used to be a transitional yr, in which the realm as we all know it this day was once starting to take form. whereas different books have eager about the presidential contest among Kennedy and Nixon, A New global to Be received: John Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and the Tumultuous 12 months of 1960 illuminates the rising forces that might remodel the country and the realm in the course of the Nineteen Sixties, placing the election within the broader context of yank history—and global historical past as well.

While the writer does dedicate a wide component of this publication to the 1960 presidential crusade, he additionally highlights 4 pivotal traits that modified existence for many years to return: unheard of clinical breakthroughs, starting from the Xerox copier to new spacecraft for manned flight; fragmentation of the overseas energy constitution, significantly the schism among the Soviet Union and China; the pursuit of freedom, either during the civil rights circulate at domestic and the force for independence in Africa; and the elevation of enjoyment and self-expression in American tradition, mostly due to federal approval of the birth-control capsule and the expanding acclaim for unlawful drugs.

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Macmillan had long advocated a face-to-face conference with Khrushchev, even though Eisenhower and de Gaulle thought it would be of little value. Political summits, Ike liked to say, were usually as barren as geographical summits. ” But that was before the Spirit of Camp David. ” An invitation was dispatched to Khrushchev to meet Eisenhower, de Gaulle, and Macmillan in Paris. ) The summit was tentatively scheduled to begin on April 27, 1960. And then Eisenhower was off again, paying brief visits to the two countries left on his itinerary, Spain and Morocco, before boarding Air Prologue 31 Force One for the final leg of his journey.

Marion sounded effeminate, he thought, and M. Gordon was pretentious. He had been nicknamed Pat as a baby because his sixyear-old brother liked to tap his cheeks and say “pat, pat, pat,” so it was as Pat Robertson that he would seek worldly success. The early results were discouraging. Pat found his job unfulfilling—“I couldn’t see sweating my blood for a big company”—and his personal life little better. ” But something was missing. Pat abruptly shifted gears, enrolling in the Biblical Seminary in New York.

Nixon now had the luxury of looking ahead to an autumn contest against the Democratic Party’s nominee. None of his potential foes had held a job as exalted as the vice presidency. Humphrey and Kennedy, both in their forties, carried the added burden of youth. Nixon, though also on the sunny side of 50, saw a chance to set himself apart. He began seizing every opportunity to emphasize his depth of experience. The vice president suggested in late January that Eisenhower’s successor would need several key qualities—“a man who has judgment, a man who in crisis will be cool, a man who won’t go off halfcocked”—and he naturally detected a lone candidate fitting the bill.

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