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Rising Star, Setting Sun

Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and the Presidential Transition That Changed America...

John T. Shaw



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10 September 2019
After winning the presidency by a razor-thin victory on November 8, 1960, over Richard Nixon, Dwight D. Eisenhower's former vice president, John F. Kennedy became the thirty-fifth president of the United States. But beneath the stately veneers of both Ike and JFK, there was a complex and consequential rivalry. In Rising Star, Setting Sun, John T. Shaw focuses on the intense ten-week transition between JFK's electoral victory and his inauguration on January 20, 1961. In just over two months, America would transition into a new age, and nowhere was it more marked that in the generational and personal difference between these two men and their dueling visions for the country they led. The former general espoused frugality, prudence, and stewardship. The young political wunderkid embodied dramatic themes and sweeping social change. Extensively researched and eloquently written, Shaw paints a vivid picture of what Time called a turning point in the twentieth century as Americans today find themselves poised on the cusp of another watershed moment in our nation's history.
By:   John T. Shaw
Imprint:   Pegasus
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 224mm,  Width: 145mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   307g
ISBN:   9781643132280
ISBN 10:   1643132288
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   10 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

John T. Shaw is the author of four previous books, including J.F.K. in the Senate. He has covered Congress for Market News International for nearly twenty-five years, contributed to the Washington Diplomat, and guested on PBS NewsHour and C-SPAN. He lives in Washington, DC.

Reviews for Rising Star, Setting Sun: Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and the Presidential Transition That Changed America

A focused history of the period between Election Day 1960 and Inauguration Day 1961. -- Kirkus Reviews A gripping examination of the transfer of power between Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy at a critical moment in history. -- Publishers Weekly With telling details and anecdotes, a keen understanding of the principals and their times, and a vigorous narrative that sweeps the reader through his story, Shaw provides a colorful and constructive account of American democracy at work. -- Richmond Times-Dispatch

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