THIS BOOK IS fiction, but it’s based on a true story. Long before they ran against each other for the presidency in 1960–a campaign famous for debates–John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon faced off in a small town in Pennsylvania’s steel country. The two freshmen congressmen journeyed to McKeesport, PA, in April 1947, to debate the merits of the brand new Taft-Hartley labor law. But their minds were clearly on bigger things.
As fate would have it, Kennedy and Nixon found themselves sharing a Pullman compartment on a famous train called The Capitol Limited, the pride of the B&O line, for an overnight trip back to Washington. Everything you’ve just read is true–it really happened.
Jack and Dick stayed awake all night talking (also true) about their lives, hopes, and visions for a better world. In JACK & DICK, bestselling author David R. Stokes imagines how the conversation might have progressed on that long-ago night. Based on extensive research, and complete with a lengthy and unusual-for-a-novel bibliography. This is your chance to eavesdrop as two men who would one day sit in the Oval Office have an animated conversation about history, world leaders, and the brewing geopolitical issues they would one day face as leaders of the free world.
It was the dawn of the Cold War, and these two former Naval officers were developing a vision for the world, one that would be “tempered by a hard and bitter peace.” Bernard Baruch had just days before introduced the term “Cold War” into the vocabulary. And years later, the political torch would be passed to John Kennedy and Richard Nixon, who represented “a new generation of Americans.” They would become America’s premier cold warriors.