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

A trip back in tiem.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Nixon-Kennedy Debates to be better than the print version?

I would.

What did you like best about this story?

All four debates wree present.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Recordings of the actual debates.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I don't know what it would be.

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- brian

Great Piece of American History

I've heard all four debates previously, but I thoroughly enjoyed this program. Vanocur's narration gives the listener the proper context of the issues in the debates, particularly on the foreign policy issues. For those who want to gain a better understanding of the 1960 election and why the debates were so crucial to the outcome of the election, this will be a great help.
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- Andy

Book Details

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