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The Choice Hardcover – July 2, 1996
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Woodward's style is not for everyone. He carefully reconstructs various meetings, explaining who said what to who. However, Woodward uses paraphrases instead of direct quotes, unless he's sure of the exact words spoken. Many readers will find the result to be incredibly tedious, although I appreciate Woodward's concern for accuracy when quoting people. The book gives the reader a real sense of being in the room when important conversations occur regarding the federal budget or campaign strategy.
In 1994, the campaign for the 1996 Presidential election began. Bill Clinton was pretty clearly the Democratic candidate, but the field was wide open in the Republican Party. Woodward spent time with candidates and potential candidates - Colin Powell, Pete Wilson, Lamar Alexander, Steve Forbes, Pat Buchanan, etc - for the Republican nomination, as well as their family, friends and staff. He shares the results of innumerable interviews and gives the reader a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the political landscape.
We know how this one turned out. In fact, Woodward published what looks like his "Ball Four Plus Ball Five" (if The Choice is "Ball Four") with The Choice: How Bill Clinton Won. This book ends with 174 days to go to the general election; the other, based on the title, goes further. There's still much of interest in here. Candidate Dole gets much more ink than President Clinton, for whatever reason; considering the way things turned out, that might be a good thing because it's a bit like his political epitaph.Read more ›
to THE CHOICE, Bob Woodward's insightful account of the
race between President Bill Clinton and Senate Majority Leader
It was a behind-the-scenes view of what took place in each
camp . . . though the outcome never seemed in doubt, I still
liked how it made me appreciate the ups and downs of
what has become a two year trek to lead the nation.
I also became more aware of Clinton's political brilliance . . . in
addition, THE CHOICE made me think more highly of Dole--along
with his wife Elizabeth (who methinks might have been an
even better candidate for the top spot).
The narration by Tony Roberts added to my enjoyment of this book.
In retrospect the contest for the presidential election of 1996, Clinton vs. Dole, is for many an historical curiosity of marginal significance. Bob Dole got trounced and then faded into the sunset.
My interest in this book has more to do with the man, Bob Dole, then the electoral outcome or the issues. Since I read his autobiography "One Soldier's Story: A Memoir" I came to the realization that Mr. Dole was not only a courageous survivor of crippling war injuries but an individual I personally admired a great deal.
This book, presents the political Dole in an evenhanded manner that confirmed my high oppinion of him. Certainly Clinton is covered in great detail since it is, of course, a book about both candidates.
Students of the 1996 election will find this book a helpful research tool.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dated, yes, but well researched, well written and lots of learning lessons for todays campaigns. Each organization has fairly similiar issues-communications, goal setting and... Read morePublished on January 2, 2012 by Glenn D. Robinson
I always love reading books about politics...this one only brought back the bad taste of the dole campaign. Read morePublished on May 13, 2011 by William H. Folk II
This is a revealing inside look at President Clinton and Senate leader Bob Dole prior to their opposing 1996 campaigns for the Presidency. Read morePublished on February 5, 2011 by K.A.Goldberg
Very good book. Being a preidential primary and pre genral elction junkie, this was the best book I ever bought... Very well written and researched. Read morePublished on August 24, 2001 by Jack Perkins
Want to relive all the action and excitement of the 1996 Republican primarieszzzz...? That's right, over 400 pages and it doesn't even get to the general elections! Read morePublished on June 21, 1999
Engaging, insightful and entertaining. The Choice is a fast-moving book which clearly defines the stakes of the 96 elections and the strategies used by both democrats and... Read morePublished on February 17, 1999