Trail Fever by Michael Lewis
Spin Doctors, Rented Strangers, Thumb Wrestlers, Toe Suckers, grizzly Bears, and Other Creatures on the Road to the White House

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   Michael Lewis is a master at dissecting the absurd: after skewering Wall Street in his national bestseller Liar's Poker, he packed his mighty pen and set out on the 1996 campaign trail.  As he follows the men who aspire to the Oval Office, Lewis discovers an absurd mix of bravery and backpedaling, heroic possibility and mealy-mouthed sound bytes, and a process so ridiculous and unsavory that it leaves him wondering if everyone involvedfrom the journalists to the candidates to the people who votedisn't ultimately a loser.

The contenders:

Pat Buchanan:  becomes the first politician ever to choose a black hat over a white one.

Phil Gramm: spends twenty million dollars to convince voters of his fiscal responsibility.

John McCain: makes the fatal mistake of actually speaking his mind.

Alan Keyes: checks out of a New Hampshire hotel and tells the manager another candidate will be paying his bill.

Steve Forbes: refuses to answer questions about his father's motorcycles.

Bob Dole: marches through the campaign without ever seeming to care.

   Losers is a wickedly funny, unflinching look at how America really goes about choosing a President.

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About Michael Lewis

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Michael Lewis pursued a career on Wall Street for several years until he left to write a book about it--Liar's Poker. He is also the author of The Money Culture. A regular columnist for The New York Times Magazine, he has been a senior editor at The New Republic, as well as the American editor of The Spectator. He grew up in New Orleans, and now lives in Cold Spring, New York.
Published November 13, 2007 by Vintage. 322 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Bestselling author Lewis (Liar's Poker, 1989, etc.) applies his sense of humor to a subject that really needs it: the 1996 presidential campaign.

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Taking off from his New Republic dispatches, Lewis (Liar's Poker) brings home the craziness--such as the New Hampshire primary, where every citizen ""must be thoroughly sucked up to."" He wrings telling insights about the campaign from excursions with Ralph Nader, who speaks of ""active citizens"...

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At his best, Lewis becomes Cervantes to the Don Quixote of wheel and tire assemblies, industrialist Morry Taylor, whose brief candidacy is doomed by impolitic good sense and an inability to talk out of more than one side of his mouth: "perhaps the only presidential candidate in history to be over...

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