Michael Lewis, the author of Liar's Poker, which Tom Wolfe called "the funniest book on Wall Street I have ever read," now turns his eye to the peculiar method Americans use to choose their president. Beginning with the 1996 New Hampshire primary, Lewis tagged along with players both major and minor. Keeping his eyes open to the nuances of how campaigns are so carefully managed today, Lewis is able to make some insightful, damning, and often hysterically funny observations. The reporting technique is eccentric--who else would spend so much time with Morry Taylor, a rich man who ran for president in what amounted to a vanity campaign--but it works. Lewis has written a very good book that could be shelved under both humor and public affairs. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Journalist Lewis's (Liar's Poker, LJ 9/1/89) chronicle of the 1996 presidential campaign examines the battle for the Republican Party nomination and the following general election. It differs from most campaign books in that its perspective is "from the bottom of the political food chain." Lewis argues that the leading candidates were so preoccupied with risk avoidance that they failed to address important concerns of the electorate. This meant that to the extent such matters were addressed at all, it was by the lesser candidates. Therefore, Lewis devotes more attention to such minor Republican candidates as Alan Keyes and Morry Taylor and to Green Party candidate Ralph Nader than to Clinton and Dole. His book is not comprehensive, but it provides a frequently humorous and occasionally insightful look into contemporary electoral politics for lay readers.?Thomas H. Ferrell, Univ. of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Lewis dissects the 1996 presidential campaign with his usual great good humor and piercing insights. Read morePublished 1 day ago by D. Knapp
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this book. I teach AP Government and to be able to provide my students a book with such insight to how a real campaign works, the quarks and... Read morePublished 6 days ago by sean
This is an account of the political trails in the primaries. It's not too insightful or interesting unless you're a real political insider. This is not MICHAEL Lewis' best book.Published 4 months ago by Brian Morgan
Bits and pieces of the book were genuinely great but it ultimately read as a very disjointed collection of short stories without a real central narrative. Read morePublished 5 months ago by RBM
Just not really on par with his other books. The style is fun... I liked how he followed the minor candidates and told their stories of trying to break into the race. Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. P. Rhea
As a reader of many of Michael Lewis' books, this one took me by complete surprise. Now 18 years after the events described, our electoral processes are even worse. Read morePublished 10 months ago by John W Fowble