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How the News is Made Regarding Presidential Elections,
This review is from: Behind the Front Page (Paperback)
The title of the book: Behind the Front Page--A Candid Look at How the News is Made" is somewhat misleading. The book focuses mainly on the reporting of US presidential elections, versus all other news. I borrowed the book from the library shortly after Mr. Broder died. Several readers in the Washington Post praised David Broder very highly so I was inclined to read one of his books. Mr. Broder appears to be an honorable man and questions his own procedures as a reporter.
Mr. Broder's book is nonpartisan and insightful. It is insightful as to the Presidential campaigns he discusses and as to the methods of reporters who follow politicians, particularly political campaigns. I did not understand parts of it but that is probably attributable to my own shortcomings. I am curious to how this book compares to Theodore Whites' books that begin with the title "The Making of the President".
There are some good anecdotes in this book. I enjoyed the story about Henry Kissinger ending an interview with David Broder because Mr. Broder was taking notes and Henry Kissinger wanted to talk on the backround. This anecdote ends two years later when Kissinger and Broder met in passing and Henry Kissinger noted to his companion: "This is David Broder of the Washington Post. He walked out on me when I stopped his taking notes."
All in all, a good book by a honest, intelligent columnist.