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What It Takes - by Richard Ben Cramer (Paperback)

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  • "Quite possibly the finest book on presidential politics ever written, combining meticulous reporting and compelling, at times soaringly lyrical, prose.
  • About the Author: Richard Ben Cramer's magazine articles have appeared in Rolling Stone and Esquire, and have been anthologized in Best American Essays.
  • 1072 Pages
  • Political Science, Political Process

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About the Book



As he recounts the frenzied course of the 1988 presidential race, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Cramer penetrates the riddle at the heart of American politics: How do presumably normal people acquire that mixture of courage, ambition, and pure shamelessness that makes a true candidate?



Book Synopsis



"Quite possibly the finest book on presidential politics ever written, combining meticulous reporting and compelling, at times soaringly lyrical, prose." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer

An American Iliad in the guise of contemporary political reportage, What It Takes penetrates the mystery at the heart of all presidential campaigns: How do presumably ordinary people acquire that mixture of ambition, stamina, and pure shamelessness that makes a true candidate? As he recounts the frenzied course of the 1988 presidential race -- and scours the psyches of contenders from George Bush and Robert Dole to Michael Dukakis and Gary Hart -- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Richard Ben Cramer comes up with the answers, in a book that is vast, exhaustively researched, exhilarating, and sometimes appalling in its revelations.



Review Quotes




"Quite possibly the finest book on presidential politics ever written, combining meticulous reporting and compelling, at times soaringly lyrical, prose." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer

"The ultimate insider's book on presidential politics...an unparalleled source book on the 1988 candidates."

-- San Francisco Chronicle



About the Author



Richard Ben Cramer's magazine articles have appeared in Rolling Stone and Esquire, and have been anthologized in Best American Essays. He is a recipient of the Puliter Prize for his work for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He died in 2013.
Dimensions (Overall): 8.02 Inches (H) x 5.2 Inches (W) x 1.76 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.63 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 1072
Genre: Political Science
Sub-Genre: Political Process
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Author: Richard Ben Cramer
Language: English
Street Date: June 1, 1993
TCIN: 11401656
UPC: 9780679746492
Item Number (DPCI): 248-01-9720
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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