What It Takes: The Way to the White House
Open Road Media, 2 août 2011 - 1060 pages
Before Game Change there was What It Takes, a ride along the 1988 campaign trail and “possibly the best [book] ever written about an American election” (NPR).
Written by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and New York Times–bestselling author Richard Ben Cramer, What It Takes is “a perfect-pitch rendering of the emotions, the intensity, the anguish, and the emptiness of what may have been the last normal two-party campaign in American history” (Time).
An up-close, in-depth look at six candidates—George H. W. “Poppy” Bush, Bob Dole, Joe Biden, Michael Dukakis, Richard Gephardt, and Gary Hart—this account of the 1988 US presidential campaign explores a unique moment in history, with details on everything from Bush at the Astrodome to Hart’s Donna Rice scandal. Cramer also addresses the question we find ourselves pondering every four years: How do presumably ordinary people acquire that mixture of ambition, stamina, and pure shamelessness that allows them to throw their hat in the ring as a candidate for leadership of the free world?
Exhaustively researched from thousands of hours of interviews, What It Takes creates powerful portraits of these Republican and Democratic contenders, and the consultants, donors, journalists, handlers, and hangers-on who surround them, as they meet, greet, and strategize their way through primary season chasing the nomination, resulting in “a hipped-up amalgam of Teddy White, Tom Wolfe, and Norman Mailer” (Los Angeles Times Book Review).
With timeless insight that helps us understand the current state of the nation, this “ultimate insider’s book on presidential politics” explores what helps these people survive, what makes them prosper, what drives them, and ultimately, what drives our government—human beings, in all their flawed glory (San Francisco Chronicle).
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LibraryThing ReviewAvis d'utilisateur - thewestwing - LibraryThing
Gave a complete view of the primary season from 1988. It was intriguing to get inside the minds of the various candidates and spouses. However I felt it was too long. Though it was interesting, the scale of detail was at times overwhelming. Consulter l'avis complet
LibraryThing ReviewAvis d'utilisateur - bontley - LibraryThing
Not really the way to the White House, more like the way to win the primaries as the 1000 page book ended at the conventions. Way too large of a book to leave out Jesse Jackson...the guy did finish ... Consulter l'avis complet
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The Diddybop Bostons
The Night of the Bronco
They Expect to Be Cold
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Right from the Start
Dont Tell Michael
Like They Always Did
Gary and Oletha
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