The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK’s Five-Year Campaign by Thomas Oliphant

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“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.

Title : The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK’s Five-Year Campaign
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ISBN : 1501105566
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 448 pages


Erin rated it ★★★★☆

July 05, 2017

The Road to Camelot is an in depth well researched look at John Kennedy's 5 year campaign for President. This book is only for hardcore politics lovers. There is no trashy gossip ( unfortunately). I learned a lot of things that I didn't know about the 1960 campaign, also several long held myths w...

Aaron rated it ★★★★★

March 25, 2017

May 29 will be the 100th birthday of President John F. Kennedy. Our 35th President is remembered today for his personal style (drop dead handsome) and his inspiration to the nation ("Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."). However, his biggest achievemen...

KOMET rated it ★★★★★

June 02, 2017

This magisterial, ambitious book traces, in considerable detail, the path John F. Kennedy undertook in his quest for the Presidency between 1955 and 1960. From the time Kennedy first ran for Congress in 1946, he faced many challenges - both professionally and personally (given the periodic precar...

Samantha rated it ★★★★★

March 27, 2017

I received this an ARC of this book from Netgalley and the publisher, Simon & Schuster, in exchange for an honest review. I'm a Kennedy buff and pretty much devour anything related so I got excited when I was allowed an early copy. Long story short I think the work that Oliphant and Wilkie pu...

Jim rated it ★★★★★

June 29, 2017

I opened this book thinking that there was precious little left to learn about JFK's dazzling ascent to the presidency. This brilliant book swiftly proved me wrong. Gripping and highly informative, this superbly researched history of Kennedy's relentless march to the White House is rich in reveal...

Patricia rated it ★★★★★

May 19, 2017

As a Brit with a passion for history I'm embarrassed to say my American history knowledge is pretty sparse. But I, like many others, have an avid curiosity about The Kennedys. Even now all these years later, to someone who was born years after they died JFK and RFK's charisma and star quality shi...

Amy rated it ★★★★★

February 08, 2017

An extremely detailed, well-researched look inside the path of JFK. Disclaimer: Advance Reader Copy

Bryan rated it ★★★☆☆

June 14, 2017

Most Kennedy history books cover the 1956 Democratic convention then jump to 1960. This is a good book, because it wasn't like that. JFK started his 1960 race much earlier. The authors also use forgotten oral history to cover the choice of LBJ as vice president. Well done.

John Plowright rated it ★★★★☆

May 06, 2017

Thomas Oliphant and Curtis Wilkie’s ‘The Road to Camelot’ begins in 1955, with both Senate majority leader Lyndon Johnson and President Eisenhower suffering heart attacks – events which led Joseph Kennedy to plant the seed of significant presidential ambition in his second son, John Fitzgerald Ke...

Rachel rated it ★★★★☆

September 17, 2017

The Road to Camelot tells gives an indepth account of JFK’s five year campaign. I first found out about this book through Amazon. I was looking at the new releases and upcoming releases and then I spied. I was super excited because this is not the first book I have read on Kennedy’s campaign. The...

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