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Quest for the Presidency 1992 Hardcover – October 1, 1994
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First off, as every reviewer has noted, this book really is for the political junky. The book details the primaries of both parties as well as the 1992 Presidential Election. The book gives you significant insight into each of the three campaigns as well as the Tsongas, Buchanan and Brown bids to win their parties' nomination.
What it doesn't do is really examine the actual candidates previous to their campaigns. However, the book takes on a narrative feel and makes the political process much more entertaining than I would have anticipated. I was surprised to find out that Perot didn't really cost the election for Bush (as many Republicans have maintained), but instead made the results much more respectable for Bush. The author's painted the Perot campaign as simply a revolt against the established political parties and portrayed Perot as someone who outlined problems without giving solutions, something I was surprised to find out. The authors' characterization of Clinton and Bush were not much better. Clinton is portrayed as a un-trust worthy politician from a suffering state and Bush is shown as a disinterested, out-of-touch, career politician that never had a plan and could never reach the general public. (Given these two characterizations, its no wonder Perot had so much success.)
All in all, if you are looking for a detailed account of the 1992 election, I can't imagine a more thorough book is out there on the subject. If you are looking for more of a background on Ross Perot, this book only gives a small glimpse into the man and primarily focuses on his efforts within this campaign.
I have watched the War Room and read a few other books about the 1992 election, but not dealt with it so comprehensively. This book even gave careful attention to candidacies that were over before they began like Virginia Governor Wilder's. All of the major candidates get comprehensive treatment here, from Clinton, Bush, and Perot on down to Tsongas, Buchanan, Kerrey, Harkin, and Brown. It is hard to tell with books written this way how accurate the dialog is, since it is unlikely the authors really transcribed some of these conversations word for word. But their take feels right.
As another reviewer commented, this book also disputed what I had long been told about the 1992 election, that Clinton only won because Perot was present. If this book is to be believed, Clinton would have won in a landslide without Perot as they combined the anti-Bush vote.
One downside to the book, and perhaps to modern presidential campaigns, is its use of the campaign's own focus groups to get reactions. Instead of talking to voters in New Hampshire or other important states, the authors use the campaigns focus groups to get reactions. The book does note at one point that focus groups can kill creative ideas, but that does not stop what I thought was the book's over reliance on them.Read more ›
The most interesting sections of the book, to me, were those that dealt with Ross Perot. I was one of the many who, at the time, was infatuated with the idea of the Saviour from Texas. Unfortunately, the very things that made him so interesting to so many people also held the seeds of his demise in 92.
Surprisingly, to me at least, one person who seems to come out of the book surprisingly well, is Dan Quayle. While not a genius, he is shown in a much better light than you would have expected given the brutal press coverage he received from 1988 on.
All in all, I would heartily recommend this book to anybody who has an interest in the way we chose our Presidents, and what we put them through on the road to the White House.
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a very interesting book, about the race for the presidency 1992. it was very low in cost, but very heavy in volume, or weight. a thorough bargain.Published on November 19, 2013 by p scott morris
When the 1992 presidential election started late in 1991, George Bush, Sr. was the sitting president. Read morePublished on November 23, 2012 by Andrew
This book was written for liberals so conservatives don't bother. Biased "History". The Wall Street Journal needs to be more careful in their book recommendations.Published on April 10, 2012 by Bonnie J. Barbarisi