The Boys on the Bus

The Boys on the Bus

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by Timothy Crouse
     
 

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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

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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 to be what it is today. With its verve, wit, and psychological acumen, it is a classic of American reporting.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804149839
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/26/2013
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
411,932
File size:
2 MB

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From the Publisher
“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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The Boys on the Bus 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dr_Wilson_Trivino More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!