The Candidate: Behind John Kerry's Remarkable Run for the White House

3.6 avg rating
( 15 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781573222938: The Candidate: Behind John Kerry's Remarkable Run for the White House

An all-access pass to the inner workings of the Kerry campaign, the grooming of the candidate, and how decisions get made and who will be making them in the run up to the November election.

Two years ago, veteran journalist and biographer Paul Alexander wrote a piece for Rolling Stone magazine that now seems prophetic: He named John Kerry as the candidate who would emerge as the Democratic front-runner in 2004, and identified the reasons, more than a year before Kerry announced his candidacy. Since then, Alexander has been following the campaign-often from a privileged position on the inside. This book will report what he saw, heard, and witnessed about Senator Kerry and his campaign along the way.

The Candidate will reveal what accounted for Kerry's strong, decisive showing in every political contest since the Iowa primaries, and why none of those factors were evident in the pre-Iowa polls. It will explain how the Kerry campaign staged this surprise turnaround, what voters need to know about what goes on behind the scenes in the Kerry war room, and how the campaign is preparing for the run from July to November. Granted unprecedented access to Kerry's family, his campaign team, his advisers, and members of his inner circle, Alexander sheds new light on the man who would be president.

"Writing a book from the campaign trail presents a unique opportunity to tell an important national story with great immediacy," Alexander explains. "The John Kerry story is dramatic, as is the story of how his campaign came together. This is a very different organization than the one I reported on in 2002. How decisions are being made now is a key indicator of how decisions will be made after the Democratic Convention and in the White House, should he defeat President Bush in November."

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Paul Alexander is a former reporter for Time magazine and has written for Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, New York, The Village Voice, and the Guardian. Alexander is the author of Man of the People: The Life of John McCain (2002) as well as biographies of Sylvia Plath, J. D. Salinger, and James Dean. Until recently, he was the co-host of "Batchelor & Alexander," a nationally syndicated talk radio show on the ABC Radio Network. Alexander has also directed a documentary on Kerry's Vietnam years, titled Brothers in Arms.

From Publishers Weekly:

Tall, lean, heroic and "decidedly Lincolnesque" is the portrait of John Kerry that emerges from this shallow campaign hagiography. Journalist Alexander (Man of the People: The Life of John McCain) gained insider access to the campaign after he wrote a prescient Rolling Stone article touting Kerry as the Democratic front-runner, and this symbiotic relationship continues here. He acknowledges Kerry’s early problems finding the right tone, but after a campaign shakeup and a makeover in which Kerry loosens up (e.g., he starts diving into audiences for Phil Donahue-style Q&As and learns to "connect on a human level") the candidate becomes a juggernaut. From then on the book is a montage of endorsements, primary triumphs and sound bites from Kerry victory speeches. Vignettes include a breathless recap of Kerry’s Vietnam exploits, tearful communions with fellow veterans, manly photo ops of the candidate piloting a chopper or blasting pheasants from the sky, and a snuggly interview in which Kerry and wife Teresa Heinz talk about their relationship. Substantive issues, like Kerry’s ties to corporate lobbyists and support of NAFTA and the war in Iraq, or Heinz’s refusal to release her tax returns, are fleetingly mentioned and then dropped without comment. Instead, Alexander channels his critical impulses entirely into a gloating attack on the Howard Dean campaign (and, in particular, on Dean’s "bizarre" and "unsettling" howl during the Iowa primary), accusations of anti-Kerry bias among the media, and pointed rehashes of Bush’s questionable military record. Readers will find lots of anodyne boilerplate that almost seems (and sometimes is) scripted by the Kerry organization, but little objective insight into the candidate or the nitty-gritty elements of campaigning.
Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Alexander, Paul
Published by Riverhead Hardcover
ISBN 10: 1573222933 ISBN 13: 9781573222938
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Booklot COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Riverhead Hardcover. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1573222933. Bookseller Inventory # Z1573222933ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 5.92
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Alexander, Paul
Published by Riverhead Hardcover
ISBN 10: 1573222933 ISBN 13: 9781573222938
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Nye Discount Books, Inc.
(Venice, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Riverhead Hardcover. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1573222933 Brand new, Unopened, may have remainder ID, and, or may have slight shelf wear. Excellent Customer Service. Ships Quickly. Bookseller Inventory # 6L-KH89-YIH3

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 2.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Alexander, Paul
Published by Riverhead Hardcover 2004-07-06 (2004)
ISBN 10: 1573222933 ISBN 13: 9781573222938
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ebooksweb COM LLC
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Riverhead Hardcover 2004-07-06, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st Edition 1st Prin. 1573222933. Bookseller Inventory # Z1573222933ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 6.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Alexander, Paul
Published by Riverhead Books, New York, New York (2004)
ISBN 10: 1573222933 ISBN 13: 9781573222938
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Scholar & Poet Books
(West Bend, WI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Riverhead Books, New York, New York, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First edition. Illustrated. 8vo - over 7?" - 9?" tall. Clean, crisp pages - tight binding - neat, clean dust jacket - BRAND NEW!. Bookseller Inventory # 003898

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 2.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Alexander, Paul
Published by Riverhead Hardcover 2004-07-02 (2004)
ISBN 10: 1573222933 ISBN 13: 9781573222938
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 5
Seller
The Book Cellar, LLC
(Nashua, NH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Riverhead Hardcover 2004-07-02, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1573222933 BRAND NEW. Over 1,000,000 satisfied customers since 1997! We ship daily M-F. Choose expedited shipping (if available) for much faster delivery. Delivery confirmation on all US orders. Bookseller Inventory # Z1573222933ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 2.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Paul Alexander
ISBN 10: 1573222933 ISBN 13: 9781573222938
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97815732229381.0

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.62
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Paul Alexander
Published by Riverhead Hardcover (2004)
ISBN 10: 1573222933 ISBN 13: 9781573222938
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Riverhead Hardcover, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1573222933

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.44
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Paul Alexander
Published by Riverhead Hardcover (2004)
ISBN 10: 1573222933 ISBN 13: 9781573222938
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Riverhead Hardcover, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 1573222933

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 18.97
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Paul Alexander
Published by Penguin Putnam Inc, United States (2004)
ISBN 10: 1573222933 ISBN 13: 9781573222938
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Putnam Inc, United States, 2004. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 230 x 150 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Discusses the campaign of John Kerry, including behind the scenes information and strategies for the presidential campaign from July to November. Bookseller Inventory # NLF9781573222938

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 21.57
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Paul Alexander
Published by Penguin Putnam Inc, United States (2004)
ISBN 10: 1573222933 ISBN 13: 9781573222938
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Putnam Inc, United States, 2004. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 230 x 150 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Discusses the campaign of John Kerry, including behind the scenes information and strategies for the presidential campaign from July to November. Bookseller Inventory # NLF9781573222938

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 22.35
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book