Synopses & Reviews
Featuring the writers and editors of THE NEW REPUBLIC, this handbook for the 2008 presidential election contains information every citizen needs as we head into the primaries.and#160;THE NEW REPUBLIC'Sand#160;Election 2008: A Voterand#8217;s Guide includes deeply reported, psychologically rich profiles of candidates and a compendium of facts and figures about the hopefuls. Marked throughout by the irreverent wit, style, and intelligence of THE NEW REPUBLIC, this will be the indispensable guide to the 2008 election season.
Election 2008: A Voterand#8217;s Guide features:
and#160;and#183; Ryan Lizza on Barack Obamaand#8217;s real guru
and#183;and#160;Michael Crowley on Hillary Clintonand#8217;s views of war and peace
and#183; Jonathan Cohn on Mitt Romneyand#8217;s uncomfortable relationship with his fatherand#160;
and#183; Thomas B. Edsall on Rudy Giulianiand#8217;s unlikely appealand#160;
and#183;and#160;Jason Zengerle on John Edwardsand#8217;s populist reinvention
and#183;and#160;Michelle Cottle on the masculine charms of Fred Thompson
and#183;and#160;Noam Scheiber on the many conversions of Sam Brownback
and#183;and#160;John B. Judis on the electoral trends that will determine the next president
"This collection offers up a handy set of sketches for each 2008 presidential candidate (or, in the case of Newt Gingrich, likely candidate) from the two major parties. Michael Crowley's unflattering chapter on Clinton focuses on her militaristic and interventionist instincts, while John B. Judis's take on McCain centers on his recent alignment with neoconservatives on foreign policy and war. Ryan Lizza's essay on Barack Obama has an authoritative grasp of the candidate's political idealism and background in hardheaded community organizing. These brief, usually perceptive profiles prove handiest with lesser-known candidates, offering solid introductions with insights into larger political trends. In a fascinating long-view essay, John B. Judis dissects these trends detailing major shifts in party politics and constituencies (tenuously favoring Democrats) that he calls a 'creeping realignment' nearly two decades in the making. Lizza's amusing and instructive tale about Mark Warner's aborted presidential bid-and 'the agony of running for president'-serves as a kind of epilogue, while an appendix charts 'where they stand' on the bigger issues, from war to health care." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Just in time for the campaign season comes this lively guide to the presidential candidates and the pressing issues of 2008.
About the Author
Franklin Foer is editor of The New Republic and author of How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization.