Synopses & Reviews
It is the night of the presidential debate. The election is eight days away. Republican nominees James Meredith, a fundamentalist Christian whose ambitions border on white supremacy, is pitted against four reporters who have just discovered damaging information that could ruin his career. What unfolds during The Last Debate will change the course of electoral politics and the news business forever
. As "the ultimate insider-outsider" (Washington Post), and as a moderator of presidential debates past and present, journalist and PBS news anchor Jim Lehrer knows the world he writes about only too well. His novela satirical and absorbing story of the behind-the-scenes world of news journalismalso exposes the duplicitous posing and posturing of made-for-TV political events. And with the 2000 elections looming ahead, the targets of his satirereligious fundamentalists, self-important journalists, feral network programming headscould not be more timely.
The renowned PBS anchor takes a fictional look at the presidential debate just eight days before the election, and how politics and journalism clash.
For the first time in paperback, just in time for the 2000 presidential election: the renowned PBS anchor's page-turning fictional look into the brutal truths of presidential politics and journalism
About the Author
Jim Lehrer began his career as a newspaper reporter, political columnist, and editor in Dallas, Texas. Since 1975, he has been a news anchor at PBS, where he is currently the anchor and executive director of "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer." Lehrer has won numerous awards for journalism, including most recently the 1999 National Humanities Medal from President Clinton. He is the author of White Widow, currently available in paperback from PublicAffairs, and many other novels, most recently The Special Prisoner (ISBN 0375503714). He lives with his wife, Kate, in Washington, D.C.