What It Takes

What It Takes

The Way to the White House

Book - 1993
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Recounts the frenzied course of the 1988 presidential race, exploring how presumably normal people acquire the courage, ambition, and shamelessness that make a true candidate.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1993.
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed.
ISBN: 9780679746492
Branch Call Number: 324.973 CRA
Characteristics: xv, 1051 p. ; 21 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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