Election 2004: How Bush Won and What You Can Expect in the Future

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PublicAffairs, 2004 - Political Science - 209 pages
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A full year before the presidential election, four Newsweek reporters are detached from the magazine to work fulltime on getting inside the campaigns of the Republican and Democratic candidates. Because Newsweek promises not to reveal any information until after the votes are cast, the reporters receive highly unusual access. They travel with the candidates, live at their headquarters, befriend their staffs. They blend into the background, where they watch and listen.

Evan Thomas has been the writer for this project for the last three elections, and each time, he has brilliantly woven together an award-winning narrative of the campaign,based on the reporting of the Newsweek team. The goal is a rich narrative, a telling, human, and personal story of the extraordinary ordeal of running for the presidency. The characters are the candidates, their families, and their top advisers. They battle uncertainty, exhaustion, a hostile media, and each other in a high-stakes contest that can produce only one winner. The 2004 election promised to be drama of a high order, a close, tense, bitter struggle in a deeply divided country caught in a strange and hard war. Newsweek's reporters were there at the critical moments, recording the scenes that decided the outcome.

Post election, the Newsweek team will now produce an expanded version of the stories that appeared in the magazine and Thomas will write an essay on the new administration, its key players and its prospects, the tone and direction it is expected to set. The book that emerges will be a first draft of history—not rough—but knowing and deeply reported.

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Thomas (assistant managing editor, Newsweek ; Robert Kennedy: His Life ) and four reporters from his magazine have written the first narrative of the 2004 presidential election. The Bush and Kerry ... Read full review

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As assistant managing editor at Newsweek since April 1991, Evan Thomas has guided the magazine's overall coverage and written more than a hundred cover stories. He served as Washington bureau chief from 1986 to 1996 and is the author of the 1996 campaign chronicle, Back from the Dead: How Clinton Survived the Republican Revolution . He makes regular appearances on the "Today Show", "Meet the Press", "Charlie Rose", and "Imus in the Morning". His other books include Robert Kennedy: His Life and most recently the bestselling John Paul Jones: Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy.

Covering the Democrats are Eleanor Clift, one of Washington's best-known political reporters and a regular on "The McLaughlin Group" and Jonathan Darman,a 2002 graduate of Harvard (and son of Reagan aide Richard Darman). Covering the Republicans is Kevin Peraino, who most recently reported the invasion of Iraq with the Third Infantry Division. Coordinating the coverage is Peter Goldman, longtime senior writer at Newsweek .

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