During this startling twin biography, Chris Matthews indicates how the competition among the charismatic Kennedy and the proficient but haunted Nixon propelled the US towards Vietnam and Watergate.
John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon every one dreamed of turning into the nice younger chief in their age. First as associates, then as sour enemies, they have been associated by way of a historical contention that modified either them and their kingdom. clean, unique, and revealing, Kennedy and Nixon finds that the early fondness among the 2 men—Kennedy, for instance, informed a depended on buddy that if he didn’t obtain the Democratic nomination in 1960, he may vote for Nixon—degenerated into mistrust and bitterness. utilizing White residence tapes, this booklet exposes Richard Nixon’s dread of a Kennedy “restoration” in 1972 drove the darkish deeds of Watergate.
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It labored, yet at a excessive expense. Nixon gained by way of 600,000 votes yet within the technique incurred a brutal recognition and a legion of putting up with enemies. once more, his take-no-prisoners crusade equipment made destiny competitors all that extra decided to not be taken alive. One Democrat remained in Dick Nixon’s nook. In a postelection assembly with a Harvard graduate seminar, Jack Kennedy informed the scholars how happy he used to be that Richard Nixon had gained the California Senate race. Helen Douglas used to be “not one of these individual he’d like operating with on committees,” he defined. Kennedy repeated the judgment in a letter to Paul Fay, telling his military blood brother to seem up his fellow Californian, whom he defined as “an impressive man [who] has the chance to head the entire means. ” * * * to offer California’s new senator a bounce on his activity, Sheridan Downey resigned his seat correct after election day. This made Richard Nixon, at thirty-seven the youngest member of the Senate, the 1st to damage the ribbon in his race with Smathers and Kennedy for who could precede the opposite within the circulation up from the home. In an odd twist, one in all Nixon’s first exploits as a U. S. senator used to be holding a recognized newsman from being overwhelmed up by means of a inebriated. The sufferer used to be the muckraker Drew Pearson; the soused assailant used to be that reckless hunter of Communist subversives Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy. “Let an exceptional Quaker cease this fight,” Nixon informed the 2 as he pressured himself among McCarthy and the fellow he used to be madly punching within the abdominal on the checkroom of Washington’s Sulgrave membership. while the referee obtained McCarthy open air, he discovered that his Wisconsin colleague had forgotten the place he had parked his vehicle. Dutifully, Nixon spent a part hour looking out the Dupont Circle sector till he came across it. either Richard Nixon and Jack Kennedy have been giving broad range to McCarthy’s dizzying attack on family communism. One cause used to be that they beloved him for my part. one other used to be that they disliked his enemies. Nixon shared McCarthy’s resentment of the hot Deal and foreign-service elite. Kennedy loved his contempt for them. The Wisconsin senator “may have something,” Kennedy stated within the similar off-the-record Harvard seminar in which he had cheered Nixon’s Senate win. He felt a kinship together with his loutish fellow Irishman, whom his sister Pat had dated, his father had befriended and defended, and whose soul contained a robust pressure of the Mucker. Nixon, however, loved McCarthy for the fundamental cause that the social elite of Georgetown despised him. however the sympathy towards McCarthy shared by way of either males owed as a lot to ideology because it did to any own elements. at the most crucial factor of post-World conflict II American politics—communism—they knew which aspect they have been on. those that pretended neutrality or, worse but, forged a blind eye to the fight have been beneficial of neither energy nor recognize. those that, no matter what their shortcomings or excesses, fought the enemy have been valuable of either. This integrated Joseph McCarthy. In February 1952, a speaker at an anniversary night at Kennedy’s Harvard membership informed the accumulated alumni how proud he used to be that their university had by no means produced “a Joseph McCarthy or an Alger Hiss.