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Presidential Debates: Fifty Years of High-Risk TV 2nd Edition

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Schroeder's 'tour' is a good one, sparked by lively writing and an eye for telling details.

(Publishers Weekly)

Alan Schroeder's book gives readers an illuminating and detailed behind-the-scenes look at the debates that have shaped recent American history.

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The most compulsive read in recent times on how and why we elect our national leaders.

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If you are interested in presidential politics and think debates help decide the outcome of elections, this book is essential reading. Inside are fascinating accounts of what has gone on behind the scenes at every debate since Kennedy-Nixon.

(Judy Woodruff, senior correspondent, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer)

Schroeder's book is far and away the best I've ever come across on the history of presidential debates.

(Ken Rudin, political editor, National Public Radio)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; 2nd edition (July 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023114105X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231141055
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,027,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For political junkies, this is a great book. I have always been fascinated with watching the presidential debates. Schroeder does an amazing job of covering every TV presidential debate since Nixon/Kennedy. Every gaffe, and every crazy allowance made to candidates to get them to basically show up. After reading this book, I will never look at debates the same. I did not realize how contrived the whole process has become. Everything from the setting of the studio temperature, what the size of the podium is, whether or not a chair is provided, what lighting will be used to highlight the candidate the best, etc., etc. It is explained how the moderators are selected, never allowing someone who is deemed unfriendly. Even questions from the audience are screened by the moderator (who, remember, was prescreened themselves), and selected by the moderator. The whole process has been turned into a sideshow. Knowingly sidestepping questions, the "candidates attempt to impose their own story line through the use of calculated gestures, prepackaged sound bites, and audience-tested messages". And now, social media has become the prevalent way for candidates to get their message across. No longer do you have to listen to a long, boring debate, instead Twitter, Facebook, and Google will tell you the highlights, even tell you who won (before the actual debate has even concluded). The whole system has turned into an entertainment spectacle. Like a bad reality TV show. Social media has turned into a method to "a, look for comments that you agree with to shore up your position, b, looking for comments you disagree with in order to fight, and c, snarking on one or both sides because you're a funny guy". And the "mainstream media" is no better.Read more ›
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Professor Schroeder's book is both readable and scholarly. The book examines almost every aspect of the presidential debates, from the audiences, to the moderators, to the competitors.

Schroeder includes many interesting and little-known facts about the debates. For instance, Reagan himself crafted the "there you go again line"; Nixon remarked on Kennedy's tan before the famous 1960 debate started; and television producers worried that Admiral Stockdale would fall down during the 1992 vice presidential debate.

Schroeder combines readability with careful analysis. The book is well written and accessible, but is nevertheless well sourced. Over 800 footnotes are a testament to Schroeder's attention to detail and mastery of the subject area.

This book is a must-read for those interested in understanding presidential debates past, present, and future.

Aaron Zelinsky
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The Presidential Debate Blog
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