What it Takes: The Way to the White House
Random House, 1992 - 1047 pages
An American Iliad in the guise of contemporary political reportage, What It Takes penetrates the mystery at the heart of all presidential campaigns: How do presumably ordinary people acquire that mixture of ambition, stamina, and pure shamelessness that makes a true candidate? As he recounts the frenzied course of the 1988 presidential race -- and scours the psyches of contenders from George Bush and Robert Dole to Michael Dukakis and Gary Hart -- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Richard Ben Cramer comes up with the answers, in a book that is vast, exhaustively researched, exhilarating, and sometimes appalling in its revelations.
"From the Trade Paperback edition.
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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
LibraryThing ReviewAvis d'utilisateur - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing
Massive book about the kinds of people who have the unusual drive to enter politics on a national scale. Not about campaign strategy so much as personal motivations and biographies. Very interesting for anybody interested in politicking. Consulter l'avis complet
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