Format Hardcover
Publication Date 05/01/18
ISBN 9781681777320
Trim Size / Pages 9 x 6 in / 336

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Rising Star, Setting Sun

Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and the Presidential Transition that Shaped America

Jonathan Shaw

A monumental new history reveals how the transition of power from Eisenhower to Kennedy marked more than a succession of presidents—it was the culmination of a generational shift in American politics, policy and culture. 

After winning the presidency by a razor-thin victory on November 8, 1960 over Richard Nixon, Dwight D. Eisenhower’s former vice president, John F. Kennedy became the thirty-fifth president of the United States. But beneath the stately veneers of both Ike and JFK, there was a complex and consequential rivalry. In Rising Star, Setting Sun, Jonathan Shaw focuses on the intense ten-week transition between JFK’s electoral victory and his inauguration on January 20, 1961. In just over two months, America would transition into a new age, and nowhere was it more marked that in the generational and personal difference between these two men and their dueling visions for the country they led. The former general espoused frugality, prudence, and stewardship. The young political wünderkid embodied dramatic themes and sweeping social change. Extensively researched and eloquently written, Johnathan Shaw paints a vivid picture of what Time called a “turning point in the twentieth century” as Americans today find themselves poised on the cusp of another watershed moment in our nation’s history.

Johnathan Shaw is the author of four previous books, including most recently JFK in the Senate: A Pathway to the Presidency. He’s covered Congress for Market News International for nearly twenty-five years, and has also been a contributing writer for the Washington Diplomat and has been a guest on PBS NewsHour and C-SPAN. He lives in Washington D.C.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Shaw’s account deftly balances anecdote and analysis, making this a valuable read for those interested in both J.F.K. the pol and J.F.K. the person. ” Publishers Weekly (starred) [praise for 'JFK in the Senate']
“A captivating account of Kennedy’s often overlooked formative years in the Senate. A fascinating read.” Senator Robert Casey of Pennsylvania [praise for 'JFK in the Senate']