Synopses & Reviews
A brilliant and penetrating look behind the scenes of modern American politics, Primary Colors is a funny, wise, and dramatic story with characters and events that resemble some familiar, real-life figures. When a former congressional aide becomes part of the staff of the governor of a small Southern state, he watches in horror, admiration, and amazement, as the governor mixes calculation and sincerity in his not-so-above-board campaign for the presidency.
"Throughout the book, the attention to physical and emotional detail in the draining political process, the sparkling intelligence and through the use of Henry as hero the unusual empathy with which a range of African Americans are portrayed suggest a very considerable new novelist." Publishers Weekly
"This novel is more informative about politics than any government textbook." School Library Journal
"Primary Colors is an odd book. But maybe the oddest thing about it is how good it is....The author's portrait of Mr. Clinton is astonishingly powerful." New York Times
A former congressional aide of mixed race, Henry Burton takes a new job with Jack Stanton, governor of a small Southern state who has his eye on the presidency, observing his campaign, his idiosyncratic lifestyle, and the controversies and scandals surrounding him. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
About the Author
Joe Klein is a political columnist for Time magazine. He is the author of five previous books, including Primary Colors and The Natural.