He's a little bit country, she's a little bit rock and roll. He's a lot Democrat, she's a lot Republican. The Donny and Marie of politics display a revealing x-ray of the presidential campaign. James Carville and Mary Matalin, themselves key players at the center of the political battles and election headlines that gripped America, tell in candid, stunning detail the day-by-day pressures, near disasters, and triumphs of campaign life.
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The economy, stupid. Bimbo eruptions. Chicken George. These and other highlights of the 1993 presidential campaign are recounted here by those who crafted these buzzwords, or at least gave them the most "spin." Bush campaign director Matalin and Clinton strategist Carville intrigued the world with their cross-party-and some say heretical-dating during the campaign, but upon reading this book, you understand the sparks. Both are colorful and ambitious, and both love the rather arcane world of top-level political campaigning. However, there's little of their romance here (they married after the election). Their memoir is more a juicy compendium of political insider info. We learn how both campaigns felt about Ross Perot; whether Clinton is really as testy as Bob Woodward says (Carville briefly describes Clinton's habit of SMO, or Standard Morning Outburst); and what Barbara Bush is really like (she's the only one who could stop the Bush campaign team from its ingrained swearing). Still, it's hard not to suspect most of the testimony here-after all, these people are paid to "stay on the message," even if it's untrue. An ominous testament to the rise of "handler" style over substance, this book is for all political collections.--Judy Quinn, formerly with "Library Journal"
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