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

Politics

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.

Show description

Read Online or Download A New World to Be Won: John Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and the Tumultuous Year of 1960 PDF

Best politics books

Plato's Republic (Edinburgh Philosophical Guides)

Plato's Republic, some of the most vital texts within the Western canon, is usually probably the most greatly taught. This advisor, designed to be learn along the unique, bargains various interpretive chances that let readers to turn into meaningfully and optimistically conversant with Plato's textual content. It presents key insights into kind, vocabulary, arguments, and philosophical content material of the Republic. No different advisor is superior for starting students.

Understanding Contemporary Society: Theories of the Present

Realizing modern Society: Theories of the current is a finished textbook to steer scholars during the complexities of social concept this day. Over 30 chapters, written by way of a global staff of individuals, reveal truly the sensible functions of social conception in making feel of the trendy international.

The Dispensable Nation

In an excellent and revealing e-book destined to force debate in regards to the way forward for American strength, Vali Nasr questions America's risky option to have interaction much less and subject much less on the planet.

Vali Nasr, writer of the groundbreaking The Shia Revival, labored heavily with Hillary Clinton on the kingdom division on Afghan and Pakistani affairs. within the Dispensable kingdom, he's taking us behind the curtain to teach how Secretary Clinton and her best friend, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, have been thwarted of their efforts to lead an bold coverage in South Asia and the center East. as a substitute, 4 years of presidential management and billions of greenbacks of U. S. spending didn't increase democracy and improvement, generating more often than not rage on the usa for its perceived indifference to the destiny of the region.

After taking place of work in 2009,the Obama management had a chance to essentially reshape American international coverage, Nasr argues, yet its worry of political backlash and the threat of terrorism drove it to pursue an analogous questionable concepts as its predecessor. in the meantime, the genuine financial threats to U. S. energy, China and Russia, have been quietly increasing their impression in areas the place the United States has lengthy held sway.

Nasr makes a compelling case that at the back of particular fallacious judgements lurked a wish by way of the White condo to pivot clear of the complicated difficulties of the Muslim international. Drawing on his unequalled services in heart East affairs and firsthand adventure in international relations, Nasr demonstrates why turning our backs is harmful and, what's extra, sells brief American strength. the us has secured balance, promoted prosperity, and outfitted democracy in sector after sector because the finish of the second one global conflict, he reminds us, and The Dispensable country bargains a amazing imaginative and prescient of what it will probably in achieving whilst it reclaims its daring management on the planet.

Additional info for A New World to Be Won: John Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and the Tumultuous Year of 1960

Example text

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.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.13 of 5 – based on 50 votes