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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About the Author
Timothy Crouse has been a contributing editor to Rolling Stone and The Village Voice, and the Washington columnist for Esquire, writing numerous articles for these and other publications, including The New Yorker. He translated, with Luc Brébion, Roger Martin du Gard’s Lieutenant-Colonel de Maumort. The new version of Anything Goes that he coauthored with John Weidman was staged at the Royal National Theatre in London.
Hunter S. Thompson (July 18, 1937–February 20, 2005) was an American journalist and author. He was known for his flamboyant writing style, most notably deployed in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which blurred the distinctions between writer and subject, fiction and nonfiction. The best source on Thompson's writing style and personality is Thompson himself. His books include Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga (1966), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream (1972), Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 (1973); The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time (1979); The Curse of Lono (1983); Generation of Swine, Gonzo Papers Vol. 2: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the 80's (1988); and Songs of the Doomed (1990).
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What People are Saying About This
“All the secrets . . . the definitive story.”
—The Washington Post
“Provokes, perplexes, illuminates and amuses.”
“An extremely insightful and provocative book.”
“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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Though many of the protagonists have long since faded from the public consciousness - if, indeed, they ever inhabited it - The Boys On The Bus provides an interesting insight into the roots of modern pack journalism. The fly-on-the-wall commentary on Ron Ziegler's obstructive, propagandistic White House press room is a particular highlight. A must-read for media and/or political junkies.
Although it was revelatory in its time, its pronouncements about the media seem self-evident today.
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.
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!