The candidacy of John F. Kennedy provoked widespread discussion of issues relating to church if and state and to the role of Catholics in American politics. This text is the inside story of that dramatic campaign and is the first scholarly examination based on actual voting returns. It includes a detailed analysis of the vote in every state, revealing that religion affected the outcome of the election far more than previously thought. Kennedy lost more votes than he gained due to his religious affiliation, but by crafting a strong coalition, he prevailed in one of the closest races in presidential history.
Albert J. Menendez, an independent scholar and author of numerous books, has worked as a news consultant with major networks during presidential elections. He is research director for Americans for Religious Liberty and editor of the quarterly journal, Voice of Reason.