Who shaped the 1988 presidential campaign into the most mean-spirited in modern-day American political history? What really went on behind the scenes, from the self-destruction of Gary Hart to the "killer question" of the final TV debate that put the kiss of death to Michael Dukakis's election chance? America's premier campaign journalists, Jack W. Germond and Jules Witcover, have covered national politics and presidential campaigns for thirty years. Never have their experience and analysis been more important than now, as the questionable tactics of the Bush/Dukakis fight continue to transform how America elects its governors, mayors, and senators and other officials. All the ups and downs of the primaries, the mistakes and brilliant maneuvers, the hired guns, the attack ads, and the final winning strategy that turned a "wimp" into a near landslide winner are revealed in acidly truthful reporting and firsthand interviews with the candidates and their handlers.
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Germond and Witcover, respected Washington insider journalists, have produced another in their series of books on Presidential elections which has become, in many ways, the liberal equivalent of Theodore H. White's Making of the President series. With a title reminiscent of Marathon ( LJ 7/77), Blue Smoke and Mirrors ( LJ 9/1/81), and Wake Us When It's Over ( LJ 7/85), they provide a well-researched and beautifully crafted account of the 1988 Presidential campaign. They track the rise of Michael Dukakis over the crowd of "flavor of the month" Democratic candidates and, in the discussion of the major events and issues of the campaign, provide rather ominous commentary on the changing role of consultants, dictators of schedules, and print and electronic journalists. As one would expect from these authors, it's all here.
- Frank Kessler, Missouri Western State Coll., St. Joseph
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Book Description Warner Books Inc (P), 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110446391875
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