Fat Man in a Middle Seat: Forty Years of Covering Politics

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Random House, Jan 1, 2002 - Political Science - 294 pages
For more than forty years, Jack Germond enjoyed an extraordinary career in political reporting. With his trademark no-nonsense style and tremendous wit in abundance, Fat Man in a Middle Seat remembers the personalities that dominated national politics during Germond’s career: Richard Nixon, Hubert Humphrey, Eugene McCarthy, George McGovern, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. Germond writes about the real stuff of politics and captures the details of the reporter’s life on the road—the off-the-record briefings and strategy sessions, countless late nights in bars, and overcrowded Friday-night standby flights. In the words of Tim Russert, this is “quintessential Germond—candid, insightful, and irreverent.”

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FAT MAN IN A MIDDLE SEAT: Forty Years of Covering Politics

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Engaging memoir by a veteran columnist, reporter, and pundit. Germond is a reporter's reporter. He is a self-described "fat, bald guy who looked unkempt even in a freshly pressed suit, who played ... Read full review

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Germond, political columnist for the Baltimore Sun, has covered American electoral politics for four decades and is the coauthor with Jules Witcover of a number of books (e.g., Whose Broad Stripes and ... Read full review


A Detached Life
Dont Blame the Bridge
Learning the Trade

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Jack W. Germond is a political columnist for the Baltimore Sun. He has been Gannett bureau chief in Washington and a columnist and editor for the now-defunct Washington Star. He first appeared on Meet the Press in 1972 and has been a regular on the Today show, CNN, and The McLaughlin Group. He is a regular panelist on Inside Washington. Germond lives in Charles Town, West Virginia.

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