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What it Takes: The Way to the White House

What it Takes: The Way to the White House

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By (author) Richard Ben Cramer

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  • Publisher: Vintage Books
  • Format: Paperback | 1051 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 203mm x 48mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 1 June 1993
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0679746498
  • ISBN 13: 9780679746492
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 126,578

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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.

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"Quite possibly the finest book on presidential politics ever written, combining meticulous reporting and compelling, at times soaringly lyrical, prose." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer "The ultimate insider's book on presidential politics...an unparalleled source book on the 1988 candidates." -- San Francisco Chronicle

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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.