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The Making of the President

Series Description

The landmark documentaries seen on ABC, CBS, and A&E.

In 1960, Theodore H. White changed journalism forever by putting the presidential campaign under a microscope. His bestselling book, The Making of the President: 1960, earned a Pulitzer Prize and became a TV documentary that won three Emmys®, including program of the year. This collection brings together three of White’s television milestones for a full, in-depth account of presidential politics spanning the tumultuous ’60s.

Produced by Oscar® nominee David L. Wolper (Roots), these programs feature White’s insightful scripts and rare film footage revealing the winners and losers in unguarded, behind-the-scenes moments. All the backroom deals, convention-floor drama, and campaign strategy come alive again in three historic races:  Kennedy-Nixon, Johnson-Goldwater, and Humphrey-Nixon-Wallace. From preprimary jockeying to the final vote tally, these spellbinding narratives dissect the inner workings of our democracy and trace the path to power.


About the Host

Journalist and author Theodore H. White served as China bureau chief for Time and as correspondent and editor for The New Republic, The Reporter, and Colliers. He won numerous writing awards, including a Pulitzer Prize and two Emmys®.