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

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Random House, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 284 pages
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"Germond vividly recalls the races and personalities of the past forty years in politics: the great New York governors Averell Harriman and Nelson Rockefeller; the ever-present Richard Nixon; and Hubert Humphrey, Robert Kennedy, Eugene McCarthy, George McGovern, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. He writes about the politics of race relations and how George Wallace "wrote the book on playing the race card." He discusses Watergate and what a nightmare it was for other reporters that two "unknown punks" had all the sources locked up. Germond is fascinating on the subject of reporting, notably on ethics and graft, and on the colleagues and bosses who didn't think he looked the part of a bureau chief. He writes about countless late nights in bars, rides on campaign planes, and off-the-record briefings and strategy sessions - the real stuff of politics."--BOOK JACKET.

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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

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Lumbering in a few spots, but fascinating overall. Worth the trip--provided you're not stuck in the window seat. Give that man 10 points for a best-self-deprecating-title. Read full review


A Detached Life
Dont Blame the Bridge
Learning the Trade

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About the author (1999)

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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