All's Fair: Love, War, And Running For President

All's Fair: Love, War, And Running For President

by James Carville, Peter Knobler
     
 

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James Carville and Mary Matalin, lifetime political consultants, met and fell in love. They shared a dream: to direct a campaign for President of the United States. And then their dreams came true. Problem was, they had to campaign against each other. Welcome to All's Fair: Love, War, and Running for President, a political memoir like no other, written by the ultimate… See more details below

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James Carville and Mary Matalin, lifetime political consultants, met and fell in love. They shared a dream: to direct a campaign for President of the United States. And then their dreams came true. Problem was, they had to campaign against each other. Welcome to All's Fair: Love, War, and Running for President, a political memoir like no other, written by the ultimate insiders. It's unquestionably the most provocative look at the running of a contemporary national election campaign in America. It is also a revealing account of how two political professionals managed to maintain their romance - and sanity - in the face of the most competitive of situations. Carville's and Matalin's strategies for Bill Clinton and George Bush unfold through unforgettable anecdotes and surprising portraits of the candidates, their staffs, and the more-powerful-than-ever media stars. How was the Gennifer Flowers affair defused? How did Pat Buchanan manage to sidetrack an incumbent President's reelection? How did Dan Quayle survive as the GOP's vice-presidential nominee? How did the Democrats inadvertently confirm the Republican charges that Clinton widely raised taxes in Arkansas? How did both Bush and Clinton judge - and then misjudge - Ross Perot's influence? Why was Carville called "Serpenthead"? And how did Matalin initiate the Sri Lanka Conga on Air Force One? The answers to such campaign mysteries large and small are found in All's Fair, a groundbreaking, breathtaking tour of the new universe of electronic electioneering and the old world of rivalry and romance. Written with the wit and outspokenness for which Carville and Matalin have become justly celebrated, their memoir provides a page-turning account of how the Republicans lost, the Democrats won, and love, eventually, triumphed over all.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
The economy, stupid. Bimbo eruptions. Chicken George. These and other highlights of the 1993 presidential campaign are recounted here by those who crafted these buzzwords, or at least gave them the most "spin." Bush campaign director Matalin and Clinton strategist Carville intrigued the world with their cross-party-and some say heretical-dating during the campaign, but upon reading this book, you understand the sparks. Both are colorful and ambitious, and both love the rather arcane world of top-level political campaigning. However, there's little of their romance here (they married after the election). Their memoir is more a juicy compendium of political insider info. We learn how both campaigns felt about Ross Perot; whether Clinton is really as testy as Bob Woodward says (Carville briefly describes Clinton's habit of SMO, or Standard Morning Outburst); and what Barbara Bush is really like (she's the only one who could stop the Bush campaign team from its ingrained swearing). Still, it's hard not to suspect most of the testimony here-after all, these people are paid to "stay on the message," even if it's untrue. An ominous testament to the rise of "handler" style over substance, this book is for all political collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/15/94.]-Judy Quinn, formerly with "Library Journal"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679431039
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/12/1994
Edition description:
1st trade ed
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.55(h) x 1.57(d)

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