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A few smart books about the dynamics, mechanics, and strategies of U.S. elections; and a few about crucial failures of the Bush administration which need to be addressed by the candidates this year and by whomever wins in November.

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The First Campaign

Globalization, the Web, and the Race for the White House

How the "flattening of the world" has transformed politics--and what it means for the 2008 election The 2008 presidential campaign will be like none in...

"...transformed politics--and what it means for the 2008 election The 2008 presidential campaign..."

Garrett M. Graff Garrett M. Graff

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Hill and Wang

Gaming the Vote

Why Elections Aren't Fair (and What We Can Do About It)

Our Electoral System is Fundamentally Flawed, But There’s a Simple and Fair Solution At least five U.S. presidential elections have been won by the second...

"...enough votes away from the most popular candidate to tip the election to someone else. The spoiler..."

William Poundstone William Poundstone

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Palgrave Macmillan Trade

McCain: The Myth of a Maverick

John McCain is one of the most familiar, sympathetic, and overexposed figures in American politics, yet his concrete governing philosophy and actual track...

"...journalists have bothered trying to see through the fog.         McCain gives the voting public what..."

Matt Welch

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Times Books

Blue Dixie

Awakening the South's Democratic Majority

A powerful case for a new Southern strategy for the Democrats, from an award-winning reporter and native Southerner In 2000 and 2004, the Democratic Party...

"...that effectively handed Bush more than half of the electoral votes he needed to win the White House..."

Bob Moser Bob Moser

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Off the Record

The Press, the Government, and the War over Anonymous Sources

When Norman Pearlstine—as editor in chief of Time Inc.—agreed to give prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald a reporter’s notes of a conversation with a “confidential...

"...that Bush, Vice President Cheney, and their key aides had deliberately lied to the American public..."

Norman Pearlstine Norman Pearlstine

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Alpha Dogs

The Americans Who Turned Political Spin into a Global Business

Alpha Dogs is the story of the men from an enormously influential campaign business called Sawyer Miller who served as backroom strategists on every...

"...candidates around. They learned their low-brow science running election campaigns for presidents..."

James Harding James Harding

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The Challenge

Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and the Fight over Presidential Power

An inspiring legal thriller set against the backdrop of the war on terror, The Challenge tells the inside story of a historic Supreme Court showdown. At its...

"...by President Bush to be tried before a special military tribunal and assigned a military lawyer..."

Jonathan Mahler Jonathan Mahler

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Henry Holt and Co.

The Last Campaign

Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America

The definitive account of Robert Kennedy’s exhilarating and tragic 1968 campaign for president—a revelatory history that is especially resonant now After John...

"...The definitive account of Robert Kennedy’s exhilarating and tragic 1968 campaign for president..."

Thurston Clarke Thurston Clarke

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Feiwel & Friends

Yes We Can

A Biography of Barack Obama

“Yes, we can. Yes, we can heal this nation. Yes, we can seize our future. And as we leave this great state with a new wind at our backs and we take this...

"...his childhood in Indonesia and Hawaii, Barack Obama is truly a citizen of the world. His campaign for the presidency is powered by a fierce optimism, an exuberant sense of purpose and determination..."

Garen Thomas Garen Thomas

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Thomas Dunne Books

Letter to a New President

Commonsense Lessons for Our Next Leader

A legendary Senator advises our next President on the commonsense values necessary to lead our nation United States Senator Robert C. Byrd is the...

"...alongside eleven Presidents.  He was twice elected by his colleagues to the position of Senate Majority..."

By Robert C. Byrd, Sen. and Steve Kettmann

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