What It Takes

What It Takes

The Way to the White House

Book - 1992
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Baker & Taylor
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist looks at presidential candidates from 1988, weaving together childhood vignettes, career highlights, and more to provide insights on the process of campaigning for the presidency. 75,000 first printing. First serial Esquire. BOMC.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c1992.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780394562605
Branch Call Number: 324.973 CRA
Characteristics: xv, 1047 p. ; 25 cm.


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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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