The Nixon-Kennedy Debates

  • by Peter Marcus, John F. Kennedy (contributor), Richard Nixon (contributor)
  • Narrated by Sander Vanocur
  • 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the fall of 1960, a series of debates between candidates for President, Republican Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Democratic Senator John F. Kennedy, would forever alter the landscape of political campaigning.The Nixon-Kennedy debates were the first presidential debates to be broadcast to a nationwide television and radio audience. Millions of Americans watched or listened to the historic confrontation.
To this day, controversy still surrounds these meetings. Did the visual aspect of television interfere with the integrity of the candidate's words? Did the medium become more important than the message?
This compilation contains the complete audio recordings of all four of the landmark debates complemented by narration by Sander Vanocur (one of the original panel of journalists during the first debate), enabling listeners to hear, word for word, history in the making and to draw his or her own conclusions about who won this face-off between two of America's most noted Presidents.


What the Critics Say

"Gripping listening....This audio is a trip to the political world of 1960: a welcome return for some listeners; a welcome first visit for others. Very highly recommended for the general listener. Required purchase for fans of history and politics." (Library Journal)
"This complete recording of an historically important set of livelier, while at the same time more civil, than our current presidential debates. Even though the original Mutual Broadcast radio recordings are used, the audio is quite good. Vanocur provides helpful and interesting background information in his narration." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Historic Audio Memento

I enjoyed listening to the 4 debates. The commentary from one of the debate's panelists added to the quality and completeness of the production.
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- Kindle Customer77

Good quality, interesting history

For the most part the draw for listening to this is definitely the educational aspect. It's not a story, and you can't complain about the narrators. Heck, you can't even really complain about the audio quality. But, for as short as it is I found it to be a really cool perspective on this period of American history. Max gives this a "Read with Confidence" deal of approval.
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- Marshman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-19-2004
  • Publisher: The Publishing Mills