Cover of: No Way to Pick a President | Jules Witcover

No Way to Pick a President

Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux (T) .
Written in English.

About the Book

Never before has so much money poured into a presidential campaign as flowed into the election of 2000. Jules Witcover, who has covered every election since 1952, here combines unparalleled knowledge about presidential politics with a scintillating, wise analysis of what's wrong with the way American presidents are chosen. He shows us, in memorable and dramatic detail, how professional mercenaries--with little party loyalty and diminished political principles, driven by skewed priorities and an insatiable need for money, are corrupting American public life. At the same time, he shows how television dramatically, even destructively, distorts the election process, discouraging voter participation and dissuading some of our most promising public figures from seeking higher office. In this lively, story-filled account, Witcover examines the many ways in which politicians themselves have condoned or encouraged these developments and how they are responding to the new demands of a media-driven, money-conscious age. He assessses the effects of campaign funds, both "soft" and "hard, and of a press corps that practices invasive, "gotcha" journ

First Sentence

Every American mother likes to think that her son (or, nowadays, her daughter) can become president.

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OL7423222M
Internet Archive
nowaytopickpresi00jule
ISBN 10
0374223033
ISBN 13
9780374223038
Library Thing
285154
Goodreads
999860
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