James A. Michener, the acclaimed author of sweeping historical blockbusters, chronicles his personal involvement in one of the most dramatic elections of the twentieth century: the presidential race between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. A relative newcomer to politics, Michener served as the Democratic chairman in his native Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in a rural battleground precinct where the major controversies of the day notably Kennedy s Catholicism brought cultural divides to the forefront. First published shortly after the1960election, "e;Report of the County Chairman "e;remains an intimate, gripping account of the power of grassroots political involvement.
Praise for "e;Report of the County Chairman"e;
A candid account of the Kennedy/Nixon campaign. "e;The Philadelphia Inquirer"e;
Fascinating . . . The personalities are vividly and vigorously sketched the workers, the volunteers, the hatchet men, the pros and . . . key figures on the barnstorming tour. "e;Kirkus Reviews"e;
Instructive . . . Anti-Catholicism was not just a Southern problem. In Pennsylvania, accounts of increasing anti-Catholicism were widespread. No one documented this sentiment more clearly than famed Pennsylvania novelist James Michener. "e;The"e; "e;Morning Call"e; (Allentown, Pennsylvania)"e;
Report of the County Chairman
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