Election 2004 by Evan Thomas
How Bush Won and What You Can Expect in the Future

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A full year before the presidential election, four Newsweek reporters are detached from the magazine to work fulltime on getting inside the campaigns of the Republican and Democratic candidates. Because Newsweek promises not to reveal any information until after the votes are cast, the reporters receive highly unusual access. They travel with the candidates, live at their headquarters, befriend their staffs. They blend into the background, where they watch and listen.

Evan Thomas has been the writer for this project for the last three elections, and each time, he has brilliantly woven together an award-winning narrative of the campaign,based on the reporting of the Newsweek team. The goal is a rich narrative, a telling, human, and personal story of the extraordinary ordeal of running for the presidency. The characters are the candidates, their families, and their top advisers. They battle uncertainty, exhaustion, a hostile media, and each other in a high-stakes contest that can produce only one winner. The 2004 election promised to be drama of a high order, a close, tense, bitter struggle in a deeply divided country caught in a strange and hard war. Newsweek's reporters were there at the critical moments, recording the scenes that decided the outcome.

Post election, the Newsweek team will now produce an expanded version of the stories that appeared in the magazine and Thomas will write an essay on the new administration, its key players and its prospects, the tone and direction it is expected to set. The book that emerges will be a first draft of history—not rough—but knowing and deeply reported.


About Evan Thomas

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Evan Thomas is the author of The Very Best Men: Four Who Dared: The Early Years of the C.I.A.; Robert Kennedy: His Life; The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst and the Rush to Empire, 1989; Sea of Thunder: The Last Great Naval Command, 1941-1945; and John Paul Jones. His most recent book is Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World.
Published January 4, 2005 by PublicAffairs. 240 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Kerry saw students like Bush as ""insular,"" while Bush apparently felt people like Kerry were ""sanctimonious suck-ups."" This premise drives an account focused more by prickly personalities than by issues like war or the economy, which the reporting team claims were trumped by ""more visceral c...

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The Browne and Thomas book and, to a lesser extent, the MacCallum book are essentially products of the cosmopolitan inner-city component of the Australian electorate who loathe Howard or Howard's agenda as it pertains to international relations, indigenous affairs, the fate of asylum seekers, and...

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