Portrait Of An Election: The 1980 Presidential Campaign Elizabeth Drew

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Portrait Of An Election: The 1980 Presidential Campaign  by  Elizabeth Drew

Portrait Of An Election: The 1980 Presidential Campaign by Elizabeth Drew
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Dan Wakefield has called her the American Boswell, and Jonathan Yardley, writing in The Washington Star of her last book, Senator, said that she is a journalist of rare and formidable talents -- an energetic reporter, a perceptive interpreter, aMoreDan Wakefield has called her the American Boswell, and Jonathan Yardley, writing in The Washington Star of her last book, Senator, said that she is a journalist of rare and formidable talents -- an energetic reporter, a perceptive interpreter, a felicitous stylist...

She reports political maneuverings with comprehension and zest.Now, in her splendid new book, Elizabeth Drew writes brilliantly about the 1980 Presidential campaign, portraying with rare insight the drama of the year itself -- and making us understand once again why no one surpasses her in capturing the deeper meanings as well as the excitement of politics (John Gardner).

In her introduction she writes: I tried to look at the election from different angles of vision: to see the principal participants coping with a variety of situations- to listen to the strategists as they groped their way along- to understand as much as possible about human nature in these circumstances- and to learn as much as possible about the rich subject of the practice of politics. I tried also to understand and record the erratic interconnections between events and human efforts, and to get across something of what is involved in running for the highest office in such a large and complex country, particularly at a time when, domestically and internationally, so many things are so perplexing and frustrating.

I tried to capture the participants as they attempted to appeal both to what they deemed to be the national constituency and also to the many special constituencies, as they sought to follow thought-out strategies and also got caught up in situations they could not anticipate, as they tried to resolve the political equations and to cope with the extraordinary demands -- internal and external -- while they followed the course charted by their own (and others) ambitions.

And I tried, of course, to understand what happened.Containing unpublished strategy memorandums from within the Reagan and Carter campaigns, this is a wonderfully rich, dramatic, invaluable portrait of an election that serves to further Elizabeth Drews reputation as one of Americas best political journalists.This book demonstrates Elizabeth Drews special form of journalism -- perceptive and prescient, thoughtful and entertaining, a journalism that has both contemporary and lasting value.

She is the journalist as historian. It is fitting that when she received an honorary doctorate in 1981 she was called the Samuel Pepys of Washington.



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