Curtis Wilkie graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1963.
He was a national and foreign correspondent for the Boston
Globe for twenty-six years. Wilkie is the author of DIXIE and
coauthor of ARKANSAS MISCHIEF. He and his wife, Nancy, live in
Oxford where he teaches journalism and is a fellow at the Overby
Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at Ole Miss.
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 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. They invented The Missile Gap in the Cold War and out-glamoured Richard Nixon in the TV debates.