WHAT IT TAKES: THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE by Richard Ben Cramer

WHY I LIKE IT
A look inside the 1988 American presidential campaign, unique both in the access given to the author, and his insights. A good primer on power and leadership. And if you love politics, essential reading.
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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.
Book Specifications
Release date: 1993-06-01
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Publication date: 1993-06-01
Label: Vintage
Pages: 1072
Edition: Reprint
ASIN: 9780679746492
ISBN: 0679746498
Height: 795
Length: 516
Weight: 163
Width: 174
Product Group: Book