What it takes: the way to the White House

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Vintage Books, 1993 - Political Science - 1072 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Cullen - Goodreads

3.5 stars I picked this up because it is supposed to be a must-read for political junkies. Aaron Sorkin required that cast members read it during the production of The West Wing. It is very readable ... Read full review

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User Review  - Roy White - Goodreads

A strangely gripping story. I ripped through it as though it were a Stephen King novel, even though the 1988 presidential campaign is a rather stale topic at this point. And even though I don't necessarily agree with Cramer's politics. http://lippenheimer.wordpress.com/201... Read full review

Contents

The Price of Being Poppy 3
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The Other Thing
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Flyin Around
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Copyright

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Richard Ben Cramer is the author of the bestsellers "Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life" and "What It Takes: The Way to the White House." He has written for "Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, Time, " and "Newsweek." In 1979, he won a Pulitzer Prize for his dispatches from the Middle East. He lives on Maryland's eastern shore with his wife and daughter.

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