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The Resource What It Takes

What It Takes

Label
What It Takes
Title
What It Takes
Statement of responsibility
Richard Ben Cramer
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Language
eng
Summary
Before Game Change there was What It Takes, a ride along the 1988 campaign trail and "possibly the best [book] ever written about an American election" (NPR). Written by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and New York Times–bestselling author Richard Ben Cramer, What It Takes is "a perfect-pitch rendering of the emotions, the intensity, the anguish, and the emptiness of what may have been the last normal two-party campaign in American history" (Time). An up-close, in-depth look at six candidates—George H. W. "Poppy" Bush, Bob Dole, Joe Biden, Michael Dukakis, Richard Gephardt, and Gary Hart—this account of the 1988 US presidential campaign explores a unique moment in history, with details on everything from Bush at the Astrodome to Hart's Donna Rice scandal. Cramer also addresses the question we find ourselves pondering every four years: How do presumably ordinary people acquire that mixture of ambition, stamina, and pure shamelessness that allows them to throw their hat in the ring as a candidate for leadership of the free world? Exhaustively researched from thousands of hours of interviews, What It Takes creates powerful portraits of these Republican and Democratic contenders, and the consultants, donors, journalists, handlers, and hangers-on who surround them, as they meet, greet, and strategize their way through primary season chasing the nomination, resulting in "a hipped-up amalgam of Teddy White, Tom Wolfe, and Norman Mailer" (Los Angeles Times Book Review). With timeless insight that helps us understand the current state of the nation, this "ultimate insider's book on presidential politics" explores what helps these people survive, what makes them prosper, what drives them, and ultimately, what drives our government—human beings, in all their flawed glory (San Francisco Chronicle)
Summary
A journalist looks at presidential candidates from 1988, weaving together childhood vignettes, career highlights, and more to provide insights on the process of campaigning for the presidency
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Biography type
contains biographical information
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219408
Cataloging source
DLC
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Cramer, Richard Ben
Dewey number
324.9730927
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Politics
  • Nonfiction
Target audience
adult
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the way to the White House
Label
What It Takes
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Publication
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OVERDRIVE:13636b9f-3655-4bbc-b22b-ad88ec90e131
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781453219645
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
What It Takes
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:13636b9f-3655-4bbc-b22b-ad88ec90e131
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781453219645
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Specific material designation
optical disk

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