Kennedy Versus Lodge: The 1952 Massachusetts Senate Race

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Whalen (20th century American history, Boston U.) analyzes behind-the-scenes aspects of this key political race; the thorny issue of Sen. McCarthy's campaign involvement; Kennedy's use of the new medium of television and the women's vote to his advantage; and how his slim victory over Lodge ushered in Democratic dominance in post-war Massachusetts. Includes candidate photos and election statistics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Thomas J. Whalen received his Ph.D. in American history from Boston College. He teaches twentieth-century American history at Boston University and has written for several publications, including the Boston Globe. He lives on Boston's North Shore. Robert Dallek teaches at Boston University. He is the author of Lone Star Rising: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1908-1960; Flawed Giant: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1961-1973; and Ronald Reagan: The Politics of Symbolism. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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In this excellent book, Whalen (American history, Boston Univ.) tells the compelling story of one of the more interesting and important elections in modern U.S. history. John F. Kennedy's 1952 victory over Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. marked only the third time in Massachusetts history that a Democrat won a Senate seat. It also marked the beginning of Democratic dominance of the state. The book is rich in details about the candidates, the issues at play in the race, and the many factors that contributed to the Kennedy upset. The author's analyses of the roles played by Joseph McCarthy, Eisenhower, labor unions, and women voters are incisive. Whalen also makes clear the importance of the new medium of television in the campaign and JFK's natural ease with it compared with Lodge's discomfort. In some respects, this is a tale of politics of a bygone era, when two people of great talent and strong character could square off in an election without resorting to petty name-calling and emerge with their dignity and integrity intact. Perhaps this should be required reading for today's candidates. Recommended for public and academic libraries.DThomas J. Baldino, Wilkes Univ., Wilkes Barre, PA
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