A fresh and fascinating look at a crucial turning point in the lives of three presidents In 1948, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon were all ambitious young congressmen at pivotal points in their lives...Johnson was in a desperate Senate race, running against a more popular candidate. Campaigning frantically by helicopter across Texas, he won only with the help of corrupt political bosses, whose illegal ballot-stuffing put "Landslide Lyndon" into the Senate by 87 votes. At the same time, Nixon was having his first meetings with Whittaker Chambers, the witness in the Alger Hiss trial that would make Nixon a national figure and lead to his selection as Eisenhower's running mate four years later. And Kennedy was still recovering from the near-fatal attack of Addison's disease he had suffered the previous year. From that point on, he would conceal the truth about his health, just as he concealed his reckless personal life. In all three politicians, Morrow finds a streak of amorality and ruthlessness, with each man believing that the rules didn't apply to him.
Lies of one kind or another - lies they told or exposed - would propel each of them to power; lies would also undo LBJ and Nixon's presidencies and, ultimately, tarnish JFK's reputation.
Lance Morrow has written more than 150 Time cover stories, and has contributed to publications such as Harper's, Civilization, Conde Nast Traveler, and National Geographic Traveler. The author of several books he lives in New York.