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Noted campaign scholars James W. Ceaser, Andrew E. Busch, and John J. Pitney, Jr. take readers along on the longest, most expensive, and in many ways most dramatic presidential campaign in American history. Drawing on their extensive knowledge of political history and deep resources of current political science, the authors capture the astonishing twists of fate, uncanny detours, and remarkable surprises that made the 2008 election truly historic. With President George W. Bush's approval ratings at record lows, the 2008 election was a contest that Democrats were predicted to win. And with Barack Obama's victory over John McCain, they did. But it was the highly unlikely journey to this likely destination that set this presidential election apart from others. As they have every four years since 1992, James W. Ceaser and Andrew E. Busch once again provide the most comprehensive and authoritative account of the presidential election. Joined on this book by John J. Pitney, Jr., the authors chronicle the epic journey_culminating in the election of the first African American president_of a group of extraordinary candidates and a nation. IEpic Journey Authors' Blog: www.epicjourney2008.com
Red Over Blue is a fair, accurate, and insightful account of the 2004 election and a worthy successor to the authors' previous books on 1996 and 2000. Ceaser and Busch are fast becoming the 'scholars of record' of presidential campaigns.
Here's a useful book, by three academics, for all readers wishing to further understand the 2008 presidential campaign-and for those who think they already understand it! Although a Democrat was expected to win the presidency, the journey to that outcome was full of surprises; back stories, circumstances, strategies, and results are all described and objectively analyzed here. There is also a chapter on the congressional and state elections, and a conclusion-about the future. All readers will come away feeling as clearheaded as these writers, a tribute to their work.
Chapter 1 1. The Scope and Meaning of the Democratic Victory Chapter 2 2. George W. Bush: The Other Candidate Chapter 3 3. The Republican Nomination Contest Chapter 4 4. The Democratic Nomination Contest Chapter 5 5. The General Election Campaign Chapter 6 6. Congressional and State Elections Chapter 7 7. The Future of American Politics and Institutions