The Boys on the Bus

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Cheap booze. Flying fleshpots. Lack of sleep. Endless spin. Lying pols.

Just a few of the snares lying in wait for the reporters who covered the 1972 presidential election. Traveling with the press pack from the June primaries to the big night in November, Rolling Stone reporter Timothy Crouse hopscotched the country with both the Nixon and McGovern campaigns and witnessed the birth of modern campaign journalism. The Boys on the Bus is the raucous story of how American news got ...

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Overview

Cheap booze. Flying fleshpots. Lack of sleep. Endless spin. Lying pols.

Just a few of the snares lying in wait for the reporters who covered the 1972 presidential election. Traveling with the press pack from the June primaries to the big night in November, Rolling Stone reporter Timothy Crouse hopscotched the country with both the Nixon and McGovern campaigns and witnessed the birth of modern campaign journalism. The Boys on the Bus is the raucous story of how American news got to be what it is today. With its verve, wit, and psychological acumen, it is a classic of American reporting.

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“All the secrets . . . the definitive story.”
—The Washington Post

“Provokes, perplexes, illuminates and amuses.”
—Newsweek

“An extremely insightful and provocative book.”
—New York

“Crouse takes a big bite out of the hand that feeds news to America——a mean, funny,
absolutely honest book!”
—Hunter S. Thompson

“Marvelously entertaining . . . There is no better way to find out just how the news . . . reaches us.”
—The Boston Globe

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812968200
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/12/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 383
  • Sales rank: 471,628
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 Covering the Primaries and Conventions
I On the Bus 3
II Coming to Power 27
III The Muskie Three and Other Campaign Reporters 47
IV The Heavies 68
V More Heavies 99
VI The Newsweeklies 129
VII Television 139
Pt. 2 Covering Nixon's Campaign
VIII Nixon Before the White House 179
IX The Old Squeeze Play 191
X Divided They Fall 214
XI Nixon's Campaign 243
XII Agnew's Campaign 276
XIII Watergate 289
Pt. 3 Covering McGovern's Campaign
XIV Chafing at the Rules 303
XV The Black Hills 320
XVI Calling It from 30,000 Feet 334
XVII The Last Days 348
Index 375
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  • Posted February 15, 2012

    Hop on board

    There is an old maxim that the more things change, the more they stay the same. In The Boys on the Bus by Timothy Crouse, you literary are thrown into the 1971 Presidential Race, where Nixon and McGovern are hammering it out for the Presidency.
    Along with Hunter S. Thompson, Crouse was in the mix trying to get a feel of the process. What makes this an interesting book is that it could be written about the political scene today. Just interchange some of the names and boom.
    Crouse goes into the personalities of the press pool and how they get intertwined with the machine of the campaigns. Crouse speaks to the origins of what we see today, “the message of the day”. The pack mentality of the national press and how rumors become reality as an age pre-spin was filled with a cycle of pumped in information.
    This madness picks up every four years and when the elections are over, so is the magic ride for the boys on the bus.
    This is a fun book for anyone who wants to understand the culture and dynamics of the political process. The only thing to note is that it has increased over a thousand times over in the information age.
    A must read for any student of politics. Check out this dynamic, first hand account.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2006

    Writing as it should be.

    A great romp that somewhat runs parallel with the screed Hunter S. produced. Hunter had more horsepower but Tim Crouse was no slouch. Hunter had all forms of transportation available to him. Timothy was pretty much stuck on the ground to follow the same agenda Hunter did. Hunter was probably more prone to alliteration. Tim just told his story. This revue is done in retrospect but I recall Tims book well! I liked it a lot. Christ, it's over thirty years after the fact and I still remember it. That should count for something!

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