Advance praise for "Tension City"
Unique and compelling . . . Jim Lehrer at once enlightens and entertains, deepening our understanding of the modern presidency while telling a splendid story." Tension City" is engaging history from a fair-minded and insightful author who has himself become part of the nation s fabric. Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize winning author of" American Lion"
Recreated with a wit and perspective that only a natural born storyteller can summon . . . Some of the most interesting presidential debates take place off-camera, around the reporters asking the questions . . . remember Bernie Shaw s jaw-dropping inquiry directed to Michael Dukakis about the hypothetical rape and murder of the candidate s wife? That s just one of the revelations that makes this the ultimate insider s account of what George H. W. Bush dubbed tension city. It s all here Gerald Ford s premature liberation of Poland; Ronald Reagan s way with one-liners; the well-honed empathy of Bill Clinton; and the multiple personalities of Al Gore. Richard Norton Smith, author of" The Colonel"
Jim Lehrer is a national monument, and this riveting book shows how he became America s moderator. "Tension City" is at once Lehrer s behind-the-blue-curtain account of his central role in almost a dozen presidential debates and an original, brisk inner history of recent American politics, combined with important lessons on how to moderate anything all told in Lehrer s famously wry and authoritative voice. Each page of Lehrer s book benefits from his unparalleled experience as a key player, and his extraordinary ability to view these fabled confrontations with the detachment, insight, humor, and ironic sense of a wonderful writer. Michael Beschloss, "New York Times" bestselling author of" Presidential Courage""show more