What It Takes

What It Takes

The Way to the White House

eBook - 2011
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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).
Publisher: New York : Open Road Media, 2011
ISBN: 9781453219645
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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eusebius
Jan 27, 2014

I knew this would be a hard slog at the outset: 1051 pages and NO index. Cramer has tried to capture the essence of one of the duller Presidential campaigns of the last century, and often he gets bogged down in trivial detail about the candidates, their parents, wives, children and so on, to the point at which we despair of finding a real narrative. His prose is so reminiscent of Tom Wolfe's that at times I thought I was reading Wolfe. There are some juicy anecdotes sprinkled through these pages, the one about George W. Bush's anger at his treatment at a baseball game is wonderful (pp 16-18).

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