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All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid Paperback – September 15, 2015
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“Perhaps you’re one of the many millions who believe something has gone sadly wrong in national politics. . . . If so, All the Truth Is Out is for you.”
—The Dallas Morning News
“A volume of insight and wisdom, an uncommon page-turner about the turning points we don’t recognize until we’re too far beyond them to turn back.”
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
“In buoyant, vivid prose . . . All the Truth Is Out gives the reader a visceral appreciation of how our political discourse has changed in the last two and a half decades, and how those changes reflect broader cultural and social shifts.”
—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“An introspective book that is set in another era but offers insights into ours. . . . Bai says what is obvious—that the Donna Rice furor irreparably hurt Hart—but he also says what is less obvious, and very wise: that it hurt us all.”
—The Boston Globe
“A miniclassic of political journalism that will restart the debate of 1987.”
—Jack Shafer, The New York Times Book Review
“Compelling. . . . Bai’s superb book provokes many questions, and I gulped it down in a single sitting.”
—Ken Auletta, The New Yorker
“This book isn’t just for politicos. It is a must read for anyone interested in contemporary politics and media.”
—The Christian Science Monitor
“All the Truth Is Out offers a terrific portrait of how news gets made…It’s riveting, a slow-motion car crash . . . [with] shrewd observations on the miserable state of contemporary political journalism (and politicians). . . . The media, as Hart experienced, pick and choose raw material from an individual life and fashion an image that often bears only a slim resemblance to the human being behind it. What matters is not who someone really is or what he has done. What matters is the symbolic need he meets.”
“Bai doesn’t just make an argument: He tells the juicy Hart story all over again, right down to the oil-stained alley in which reporters cornered the candidate and interrogated him about the blonde in his apartment. . . . Bai’s important call for perspective is a reminder to all of us in the press and the electorate to recognize the complexity of the human condition, whether we’re casting aside candidates because they wear a funny helmet in a tank or because they once committed adultery.”
“Fast-moving [and] vivid. . . . This book will tell you a lot about what politics asks of and takes out of people, and about the highly imperfect ways in which we now assess ‘character’ and ‘substance’ when choosing our leaders.”
“You think you know it all: Donna Rice, Monkey Business, Hart taunting the press. You don’t. The combustible mix of new technology and politics was birthed in [the 1987] presidential campaign, and there was no turning back.”
“Bai . . . tells [Hart’s] story with details that only great reporting can provide.”
—Los Angeles Times
“A masterfully written account . . . this first-rate work of political journalism will fan embers long thought to have gone out.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Bai shows that he is [Richard Ben] Cramer’s worthy successor—his important cautionary tale will resonate with journalists and members of the media as well as with political players and readers of current history.”
—Library Journal, starred review
“In the tradition of his friend Richard Ben Cramer, Matt Bai astonishes us by delving deeply into a story and thus overturning our views about how the press should cover politics. This fascinating and deeply significant tale shows how the rules of American politics and journalism were upended for the worse by the frenzied coverage of Gary Hart’s personal life. The soot still darkens our political process.”
—Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs
“What a tally of loss is to be found in this passionate and unsparing book about a turning point in modern America—an insider’s account, brilliantly told by one of America’s finest political journalists.”
—Lawrence Wright, author of The Looming Tower
About the Author
Matt Bai is the national political columnist for Yahoo News. For more than a decade he was a political correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, where he covered three presidential campaigns. He is the author of The Argument: Billionaires, Bloggers, and the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics, named a notable book of 2007 by The New York Times. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.
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As another author wrote, Gary Hart was good friends with Warren Beatty, and it sometimes seemed like Hart wanted to BE Warren Beatty, a suave, charming ladies' man. While Hart was handsome and rugged, he was also tightly wound and somewhat prim, and seemed uncomfortable on television and at campaign events. These conflicting aspects of his personality led to a sex scandal that ruined the prospects for a Hart presidency.
Bai, who clearly likes Hart, recounts the quick collapse of Hart's campaign over his dalliance with Donna Rice. It was an episode far less scandalous than those Bill Clinton would survive just a few years later. But Hart's sloppy mishandling of the scandal, and the Miami Herald's uncertain response on how to report on it, turned it into a fatal incident.
Bai's book goes a bit far in saying that the week that Hart fell marked a turning point in politics, but he does a great job of recounting a bit of political history that seems positively puritanical in the post-Clinton era.
The author doesn't make the book just about that, though, but rather puts it in context, and what a context it is. Why, we are forced to consider, did this bring down an entire campaign, when just years before America looked quite the other way at the dalliances of JFK and others? Especially as Hart's wife, Lee, stood by his side about it.
And just how much *does* what a candidate does in their personal life matter, and, should it?
Obviously these are questions one must answer for oneself, but less personal to the voter, but at least as troubling, is what has the press become? What is its role now in politics, and what should it be?
Another of my favourite books that looks at the press, reporters, and their role in the political process, is The Bully Pulpit, which looks at the evolution of the press during the Roosevelt and Taft eras. It's interesting to me that back then investigative journalism took a turn into exposing the seamier underbelly of politics, and became something of a champion of the people, while now, it's gone so far over the edge so as to no longer really provide anything of use and substance to the average voter - it's all just titillating fodder for a micro-news cycle.
All in all, a well done (if a bit dense reading) book, that I highly recommend!
I was surprised to learn the real story behind the "follow me" quote that we've all heard and believed for years. The journalists who spied on Hart did not do so in response to his having told them to follow him. To get the truth, read the book.
After all, we all know now that FDR. JFL, and LBJ had all been given a pass by reporters who thought of extra-marital affairs as part of a presidential private life and not fair game for public exposure.
So this interesting rehash of Hart's "monkey business" is both about the former Colorado senator's conduct and the conduct of the media itself..
In other words, what is news and what isn't when it comes to a politician's personal life? The Hart affiar changed the rules for all time.and Matt Bai wonders if this was really a good thing. His point, do the ideas, policies and the intellect of a candidate count for anything any more? Or are presidential elections merely popularity contests where issues no longer matter?
That's up to the reader to decide, I suppose, but Bai does make it clear that the media today does a poor job of digging into the background of candidates unless reporters smell a scandal of some sort. In other words, we don't know much about who we elect until they are in office.
Bai raises another interesting point: Public morals change. What proved to be the death knell for Hart didn't much tarnish the image of Bill Clinton.
This is a thoiught-provoking book which is well-written. That is somewhat rare these days.