What It Takes|Richard Ben Cramer
What It Takes : The Way to the White House
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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.


  • ISBN-13: 9780679746492
  • ISBN-10: 0679746498
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Publish Date: June 1993
  • Dimensions: 8.02 x 5.2 x 1.76 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.63 pounds
  • Page Count: 1072