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  • Paperback: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; New edition edition (1 Aug 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684832461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684832463
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M_A_Carter on 26 Oct 2010
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This is an absolutely fantastic book, with incredible insight and a detailed history from their days at college all the way to Nixon's downfall in Watergate. Do not expect a full academic text, but rather a very accessible history book, even for those not interested in US politics during the Cold War.

I have studied American politic for quite a few years, and I did not know until this book the full extent of their relationship - from Nixon crying at the news JFK might die in the 1950s, all the way to Nixon being haunted by the idea of that man amidst the 1970s. It shows their similarities and differences, what made them friends and what ultimately divided them. We see the roots of Nixon's paranoia that drove him to scary levels of executive power, as well as the resentment (shared by many others) of Kennedy's sheltered and money-fuelled background.

I recommend this to anyone who is interested in either man, has interest in Cold War politics, or just fancies an insightful read for a rainy day.
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For most people - at least for Europeans - it was a surprise that these two men were so close to each other as they were. Really an impressing book
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By Pauliow on 2 Jun 2013
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Everyone knows about the bitter contest between Kennedy and Nixon in the 1960 but I'm sure most people will be as surprised as I was to discover that the two of them were actually quite close personal friends in the preceding years despite being on opposite sides of the political divide. This book does a great job in going into the complicated relationship between the two men from when they entered Congress together in 1946.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Jan 2002
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"Kennedy and Nixon" is a fascinating account of two intertwined lives which greatly affected each other, the nation and the world in which they acted.
Coming to Congress in 1946, Kennedy, the "Fighting Conservative" and Nixon, the "Pragmatic Liberal" brought with them an innate resentment of the Establishment against which they launched their careers.
In their early days in Congress, Kennedy and Nixon quickly developed a mutual affection and respect, recognizing each other as a "comer." Nixon was the first in his class to move to the Senate in 1950 and the vice-presidency in 1952. During these early years each would be a friend and supporter of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, both because of personal friendship and because of a shared abhorrence of Communism. Kennedy would later deny that he had once delivered a campaign contribution from his father directly to Nixon's office. Robert Kennedy, after working on the Stevenson campaign, cast his vote for Eisenhower and Nixon. Later Joseph P. Kennedy would tell Nixon; "Dick, if my boy can't make it, I'm for you!"
Throughout the 50s, Nixon was the star who was moved to tears at the prospect that Jack was going to die, as he nearly did.
The first rivalry began 1956 when Kennedy made an unsuccessful attempt to obtain the Democratic vice-presidential nomination which would have pitted him against Nixon. The rivalry would intensify and destroy their friendship in the following years.
As 1960 approached, it became apparent that Nixon and Kennedy would go face to face for the prize coveted by both. By now the tide had turned. Now it was Kennedy who appeared healthy and vigorous while Nixon appeared ill and gaunt. Nixon, who had sought and received Jack's warm cordiality, was now met only with cold disregard and contempt.
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By Norman Carr on 13 Aug 2014
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Excellent.
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