What It Takes

What It Takes

The Way to the White House

Book - 1992 | 1st ed
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Publisher: New York : Random House, c1992
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: 324.9730927 C
Characteristics: xv, 1047 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780394562605
0394562607

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Following the 1988 elections, Richard Ben Cramer wrote this sprawling, hilarious, heartbreaking, and compulsively readable account of “what it takes” to run for President. Almost 30 years from its original publication, nobody else has come close to the sheer ambition, style, and intelligence Cram... Read More »


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eusebius
Jan 27, 2014

I knew this would be a hard slog at the outset: 1051 pages and NO index. Cramer has tried to capture the essence of one of the duller Presidential campaigns of the last century, and often he gets bogged down in trivial detail about the candidates, their parents, wives, children and so on, to the point at which we despair of finding a real narrative. His prose is so reminiscent of Tom Wolfe's that at times I thought I was reading Wolfe. There are some juicy anecdotes sprinkled through these pages, the one about George W. Bush's anger at his treatment at a baseball game is wonderful (pp 16-18).

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