What It Takes: The Way to the White House.

First Edition of Richard Ben Cramer's What It Takes: The Way to the White House; Signed by Him

What It Takes: The Way to the White House.

CRAMER, Richard Ben.


Item Number: 117669

New York: Random House, 1992.

First edition of “quite possibly the finest book on presidential politics ever written, combining meticulous reporting and compelling, at times soaringly lyrical, prose” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Richard Ben Cramer on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear.

An American Iliad in the guise of contemporary political reportage, What It Takes penetrates the mystery at the heart of all presidential campaigns: How do presumably ordinary people acquire that mixture of ambition, stamina, and pure shamelessness that makes a true candidate? As he recounts the frenzied course of the 1988 presidential race -- and scours the psyches of contenders from George Bush and Robert Dole to Michael Dukakis and Gary Hart -- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Richard Ben Cramer comes up with the answers, in a book that is vast, exhaustively researched, exhilarating, and sometimes appalling in its revelations.

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